In an unbelievable but actually true statistic, the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions twice last season despite not leading for 120 minutes combined in both games.
The Packers will look to avoid such a barnburner when the face the Lions for the first time in 2020 on Sunday.
It will be an unusual environment at Lambeau Field with no fans in the stands on Sunday but Green Bay would love to start the season 2-0 overall as well as within the NFC North.
Green Bay will need to fix its late game defense after giving up 24 points in the fourth quarter against Minnesota. Thankfully the offense built a large enough lead, but that kind of performance on defense won’t work if Detroit gets out to an early lead as it did in both games last season.
The Packers also could be without defensive tackle Kenny Clark as he battles a groin injury. That didn’t help things against the Vikings and it doesn’t get much easier with Matthew Stafford coming to town with old nemesis Adrian Peterson in tow.
Offensively Green Bay could feast against the Lions if both Darryl Roberts and Desmond Trufant are both out. Neither player practiced on Wednesday and Trufant was still out on Thursday.
In today’s curds we take one last look at the upcoming Packers/Lions game plus how Aaron Rodgers’ insane cadence.
Packers, Lions both have late-game issues to fix—Packers.com
The Packers defense performed relatively well last week until the fourth quarter and you can bet Mike Pettine made finishing a game a big priority in practice this week.
Packers vs. Lions: 5 things to watch and a prediction—Packers Wire
Hopefully this one doesn’t come down to the final second. With Detroit’s wounded secondary and lack of a consistent pass rush, the ingredients are on the table for another great Aaron Rodgers performance.
How Aaron Rodgers excels at using cadences to keep defenses off balance—PackersNews.com (subscription required)
No crowd noise in opposing stadiums is like wrapping a gift with a big bow to Rodgers. Normally he would have had trouble drawing the Vikings offside in a usually very loud US Bank Stadium but with piped in noise instead thanks to COVID-19, he caught them off guard several times.
Alexander’s Safety Comes with Word of Warning—SI.com
Jaire Alexander made a whale of a play on his safety of Kirk Cousins on Sunday but it was actually a mistake on his part misreading motion before the snap. Secondary Jerry Gray made that clear to Alexander this week that he could very well have caused a big play had he not gotten home.
Runaway Porta-potty Seen Rolling Down Route 66–Huffington Post
“Sorry I’m late. Traffic was really sh*tty today.”