Detroit Lions Vs Green Bay Packers
Things started off much the same in 2020 as they did all season long in 2019 for the Detroit Lions: playing well and putting themselves in contention for the W before some mental errors and a bit of bad luck ultimately led them to take the L against what, at least on paper, seems like an inferior team. Things went from bad to worse for the Lions with two of their best players – WR Kenny Golladay and CB Desmond Trufant – missing two consecutive practices with hamstring injuries and are in real danger of missing Sunday’s game. Additionally both RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai and TE Hunter Bryant have been none participants in practice so far this week. And while the latter pairing missing the game will not be as impactful as the former, if any combination of 2 or 3 of the above are indeed ruled out, the Lions will have some major holes to fill against a Packers team that absolutely lit up a Vikings team projected to be much better than the Lions (though imo an argument can definitely be made to the contrary if the Lions are at full health).
Speaking of the Packers, with Rodgers focused on getting the ball out quickly due in part to a lack of receiving weapons, Matt Patricia’s defense – which is built to prevent big plays while getting pressure on the QB – should struggle to employ their preferred game-plan, particularly with a defensive line PFF has ranked as the 6th worst in the league. If Rodgers can indeed get a clean pocket to work from as expected, he should be able to pick the Lions apart underneath while taking shots at a Detroit secondary that could be down 2 of their top three corners in Trufant and Justin Coleman – who was placed on IR this week as well.
So whether you want to play the Green Bay spread, or use them within a two-team teaser – essentially turning them into a pick’em – this game has the potential to get out of hand early for the Lions.
Yaniv Son is a long-time sports-bettor and former professional poker player turned poker coach and author at spinandgostrategy.com