The Detroit Lions invade Lambeau Field Sunday. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Detroit Lions? Oh, my ...

The NFC North isn’t called the Black and Blue Division by coincidence – just take a look at the teams: Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. You should always be expecting a physical battle when you meet one of these opponents. We haven’t always been Super Bowl contenders and we’ve seen our fair share of underwhelming seasons; but that has all changed as of late.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers scores a touchdown last December against the Lions at Lambeau Field. It won’t be the same Detroit team that visits this Sunday. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The Lions have underperformed for their level of talent, for years. They have been plagued by injuries, bitten by the penalty bug and have had some off-the-field issues with key personnel. The have been labeled “dirty” and have drawn the ire of fans everywhere for plays like the “Thanksgiving Stomp.”

But they have what it takes to go all the way, make no mistake. So, should the Green Bay Packers be looking at this week five matchup as a rebound game? The Lions haven’t won at Lambeau Field since 1991. That is a pretty good streak they have going. Should we let that cloud our judgment as they roll into Green Bay this Sunday? Absolutely not.

These are not the doormat Lions from their 0-16 days. Or the disappointing Lions from their 4-12 days.

No, this is a Lions team with a full head of steam right now. They are hungry for a win at Lambeau and they are chart-toppers right now in the NFC North. We shouldn’t overlook them, but we shouldn’t let them into our heads either.

After all, we are still the Green Bay Packers of 2010-Championship days. We have the personnel to show up and shut down. We just need to capitalize. We’ve still got Tramon Williams and Sam Shields.

Yes, Williams has been underwhelming this season, coming off a shoulder/hamstring injury. But his first snap in the season saw an interception, so we know he’s still got it. Shields has been lights out lately; he shut down A.J. Green for most of the game, getting beat once for a big touchdown. Is he up to the task of taking on Calvin “Megatron” Johnson? I believe so.

Matthew Stafford
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We’ve still got Aaron Rodgers. Matthew Stafford is dynamic, but he’s no Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has the ability to lead his team to a score at any given moment, and he is surrounded by offensive talent that cannot be contained. The Big Three are all healthy and productive.

Jermichael Finley has been ballin’, and we hope to have him back in the lineup Sunday. Our offense needs a break-out game after week three, and I believe this can be it. We’ve still got Morgan Burnett. He’s coming back, folks. And he is playing with intensity, having had cabin-fever for weeks.

Let’s unleash the beast.

If we capitalize, this Sunday should keep the streak going. And boy, do we need it to keep going.

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