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Cheese Curds, 12/27: Packers refusing to overlook Lions with bye there for the taking

Nobody in Green Bay will look past Detroit, not if the reward for beating them is getting a week off.

Detroit Lions v Green Bay Packers Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

There can be no overlooking the Detroit Lions in week 17. The Lions’ 3-11-1 record and lengthy injured reserve list be damned — this is the team standing in the way of the Green Bay Packers getting a playoff bye (or more) and the green and gold will be ready to go on Sunday afternoon.

The stakes are clear. Win, and the Packers get a bye. Win and get some help from Seattle on Sunday night and the road to the Super Bowl runs through Green Bay.

If the Packers follow the formula that they stuck to on Monday in Minnesota, minus the early turnovers, they should be just fine. Aaron Rodgers moved the chains on third downs, the running game wore down the opposing defense, and the Packers’ D clamped down on their opposition. Tackling was key to the Vikings’ ineptitude, and the run defense had arguably its best game of the year as well.

Repeating that set of performances should send the Packers home to rest for a week before beginning their postseason run.

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Oh joy. If Brown signs with New Orleans, that will make the Saints even tougher to like. It shouldn’t make them noticeably tougher to defend, though, since he’s likely to go on the exempt list when he signs.

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