The Green Bay Packers were one of the most impressive teams in Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season and will look for more of the same in an NFC North battle with the Detroit Lions. This game is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Lambeau Field. Green Bay is a six-point favorite with an over/under of 49.5. Keep reading to see our team previews and read our full prediction for the game below:
Detroit Lions Preview:
The Lions had an embarrassing fourth quarter meltdown in which they allowed 21 unanswered points and saw rookie running back D’Andre Swift drop what would have been a game-winning touchdown pass in a 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Injuries absolutely decimated their secondary by the end of the game with their top three cornerbacks out, which allowed Mitch Trubisky to throw the ball all over the field. How many of those corners can suit up in this game will be critical with how Aaron Rodgers looked for the Packers last week.
Justin Coleman was placed on injured reserve, so he is out for sure. Both Desmond Trufant and Darryl Roberts missed practice on Wednesday while top draft pick Jeff Okudah practiced in full after missing last week with a hamstring injury. Another key injury is to star wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who did not practice on Wednesday after missing last week with a hamstring injury.
This is definitely a revenge spot for the Lions after they led for about 120 minutes combined in both matchups and somehow managed to lose both of them at the final whistle. Even without Golladay, the Lions can still be a dangerous passing game with the return of quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Adrian Peterson came off the street and ran for 93 yards against the Bears, which was a little surprising with Swift and Kerryon Johnson still on the roster. The Packers are susceptible to giving up yards on the ground, especially with nose tackle Kenny Clark potentially missing this game.
Green Bay Packers Preview:
The Packers were on fire offensively last week and scored the most points in the league last week (43) while averaging a robust 6.9 yards per play. The defense played better than the stats would indicate as the Vikings scored 24 points in the fourth quarter, which was mostly garbage time.
Rodgers was as accurate and played more in rhythm than he has in a few years. He threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns in a dominating performance. With the Lions decimated at corner, they will need to find an answer for Davante Adams, who had 14 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. The receivers behind Adams were a question mark, but Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling both came up with big plays as well.
The Packers got out ahead of the Vikings early, so their run defense was less of an issue last week. Still, Dalvon Cook and Alexander Mattison ran for 100 yards combined on 18 carries. Their pass defense should be a strength though with Z’Darius Smith, Preston Smith and Rashan Gary as a scary edge trio and Jaire Alexander and Kevin King a very solid cornerback duo.
Full Packers vs. Lions Prediction:
Betting against 0-1 teams in Week 2 can be a dangerous thing because those teams are always highly motivated not to go to 0-2. The Packers have enjoyed one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, which obviously will be lessened, but a lot of their home field edge has to do with the playing surface rather than the crowd noise.
It seems at this point that the Lions will be without at least a couple of their cornerbacks, which is a cluster injury matchup that Rodgers should be able to take full advantage of. That would be the biggest betting factor in this game that would make a lean to the Packers make sense. Subscribe to Bet QL to get our model’s prediction and see all the data we have on this game.