Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers Betting Preview – NFL, September 20, 2020
The Green Bay Packers were straight fire in week one, as Aaron Rodgers turned back the clock and hung 43 points on the Vikings in Minnesota.
The green and gold hope to continue their onslaught on the NFC North in week two, when they head home to host the Detroit Lions.
Detroit looks like the same Lions team of old, as they dominated the Chicago Bears for three quarters last week, only to collapse and lose. This tells us the Lions can’t be trusted, but that they may still be a tough team to bet in NFL betting circles.
So, what do bettors do here? You can ignore this game, but if you plan on betting on it, refer to our Lions vs. Packers betting pick and prediction below.
Lions vs. Packers Odds
Detroit is on the road against a better Packers team, so they are naturally the underdogs. They also got swept in the season series last year, so the oddsmakers are right to price them as 6-point dogs.
That spread feels a bit steep, however, especially when you note that the Packers won both of those games last year despite never leading in regulation.
Wild stuff, man.
Green Bay does look like a team capable of being more dominant this year, but it’s one game, and the Lions historically play them very well.
Bettors need to think long and hard about betting on Detroit in some fashion in this one.
There’s also the game total, which could be low if you suddenly believe the Packers are the best offense in football. They did pace the NFL in scoring in week one, after all.
Lions vs. Packers Week 2 Preview
On paper, there is no doubt the Packers are the superior team, and it’s very possible they’re already vastly better than they were in 2020. Not an easy accomplishment for a team that went 13-3 and reached the NFC title game, but here we are.
Green Bay is committed to running the football so they can set up their play-action passing. It worked out very well last week, and the emergence of deep threat Marquez Valdes-Scantling takes this Packers offense to a whole new level.
It could be made worse by the fact that the Lions look really bad in their secondary right now.
Detroit Lions cornerback reality:— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) September 15, 2020
Sept. 5: Lions have seven healthy corners (Trufant, Okudah, Oruwariye, Ford, Roberts, McRae, Coleman).
Sept. 15: Ford, Coleman on IR; Okudah, Trufant have hamstring injuries. Healthy corners: Oruwariye, Roberts, McRae, potential corner TBD.
This unit allowed Mitch Trubisky to torch them for three touchdowns in a furious comeback last week, so it’s fair to ponder what a revitalized Aaron Rodgers will do to them.
Of course, there’s the issue of Green Bay’s defense. The Packers have a good pass rush and can create turnovers, but they still can’t stop the run.
Are the Lions about to pound the rock with a 100-year old Adrian Peterson so they can flip the script and stage a huge road upset? Maybe. Just maybe.
Lions vs. Packers Prediction and Pick
I still think the Packers win this game. They’re at home, they did find a way to win the last two games against Detroit, and week one saw their offense firing on all cylinders.
Well, really, they didn’t truly get their running game going. If they can manage that in week two, then they’d appear to be unstoppable.
That isn’t a tall order against a suspect Lions defense that couldn’t even prevent a Mitch Trubisky comeback. On top of that, Detroit doesn’t have a reliable pass rush, and their secondary is in shambles.
All that said, the Lions are less about being bad, and more about not being able to close out games. In both meetings with Green Bay last year, they dominated, only to let up and lose late.
Detroit should be worse than they are, but they always seem to put themselves in a position to win games, and they certainly appear to get up to play the Packers.
Green Bay wins at home here, but Detroit is going to go full Detroit and make it as interesting as possible.