Having Clay Matthews healthy and on the field is key to the Packers success in the final 13 games. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers begin quest for NFC North Division three-peat


The Green Bay Packers will face the Detroit Lions when they come out of their bye week. Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The Green Bay Packers quest for a third straight NFC North Division title will begin Sunday, Oct. 6,  high noon (CDT) at Lambeau Field against the (3-1) Detroit Lions.

Detroit has not won a game in the state of Wisconsin since Dec. 15, 1991, when the Lions beat Green Bay at Lambeau, 21-17. For those counting, the Packers are looking to extend their in-state winning streak to 22 years against the Lions.

Aaron Rodgers is 8-1 all-time against the Lions and has yet to lose a game to Detroit when he started and finished the contest.

Calling the Week 5 matchup a must win for the 1-2 Packers would be hyperbolic. However, Green Bay can ill-afford to watch Detroit improve to 4-1 while they fall to 1-3.

 

Reggie Bush (18 carries 139 yards and 1 TD) adds a new dimension to a Lions offense that in past years has been too reliant on big plays from Calvin Johnson. Packers fans know plenty about Calvin Johnson. In two match-ups last year, “Megatron” had 118 and 143 receiving yards in the Lions’ losses.

Green Bay is hoping their bye week will allow safety Morgan Burnett, linebacker Clay Matthews, slot cornerback Casey Hayward, fullback John Kuhn, special teams ace Jarrett Bush, tight-end Jermichael Finley and running backs Eddie Lacy, James Starks and Johnathan Franklin to be available for action.

Without those players in the mix, the Packers’ quest for a third straight NFC North Division title becomes all that more difficult. With a healthy team on the field and all essential players in place, the success rate of the team increases exponentially.

We’re looking for that possibility to become reality.

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