Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: Let the tradition continue

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Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

Aaron Rodgers has had great success over his career against the Detroit Lions. Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports photograph

• This marks the 168th meeting between the clubs (including playoffs). No other NFL teams have played every year since 1932,when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans, began their yearly home-and-home series.

• The Packers have won 22 straight games against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin (including a 1994 playoff game). The streak started with Green Bay’s win over the Lions at County Stadium in Milwaukee on Dec. 6, 1992.

• When the Packers take the field against the Lions this Sunday, they will be looking to extend their home divisional winning streak to 10 games.

• Green Bay has a 13-1 mark (.929) against the Lions under Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Overall, the Packers have won 14 of the last 15 against Detroit and 22 of the last 25 in the series.

• The Packers have won eight straight regular-season games at home and 21 of their last 22 (.955). Green Bay’s current home winning streak ranks No. 3 in the NFL behind Seattle (10 games) and Denver (nine).

• Green Bay posted 580 yards of total offense in Week 2 against the Redskins, the second-best performance in team history behind only a 628-yard effort at Philadelphia on Nov. 11, 1962.

• Of the Packers’ seven sacks in the first three games this season, three of them have come from their defensive backfield.

• In the Packers’ Week 3 contest at Cincinnati, S M.D. Jennings and CB Tramon Williams both recorded sacks, bringing the total number of Green Bay defensive backs with a full sack this season to three (CB Davon House, vs. Washington, Week 2).

• With the three different defensive backs posting a sack this season, the Packers rank No. 2 in the NFL through Week 4 behind only Oakland (five defensive backs with a sack).

• Since sacks became an official individual statistic in 1982, the singleseason franchise record for the Packers is four different defensive backs with at least one full sack (1986, 2003, 2009, 2012).

• Since 2009, the Packers’ defensive backs have combined for 21.0 sacks, No. 3 in the NFL over that span behind only the N.Y. Jets (26.5) and Oakland (23.0).

• The Bengals contest in Week 3 marked the second time in the last 10 games that the Packers have had two different DBs register a sack in a game (House and S Morgan Burnett, at Detroit, Nov. 18, 2012).

WHAT TO WATCH FOR ON SUNDAY

Wide receiver Randall Cobb has had success against the Detroit Lions. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

• In his last six regular-season games, QB Aaron Rodgers has completed 159 of 236 passes (67.4 percent) for 2,055 yards and 18 TDs with
three INTs for a 114.6 passer rating.

• WR Randall Cobb has gone over the 100-yard receiving mark in four of his last six regular-season games, posting 37 receptions for 569 yards (15.4 avg.) and three TDs over that span.

• WR Jordy Nelson has posted a 19.0-yard receiving average over his last six regular-season games, catching 24 passes for 457 yards and five TDs. He has caught at least one TD pass in four of his last six games.

• LB Clay Matthews has posted at least one sack in four of five career games against the Lions.

• P Tim Masthay needs to place three punts inside the 20 to move ahead of Josh Bidwell (85) for the No. 2 spot in team history (since 1976).

• The Packers have posted at least 385 yards of offense in six consecutive regular-season games, averaging 436.7 yards per game over that span. The six-game streak with 385-plus yards is the longest by Green Bay since a seven-game stretch in 2011 (Weeks 1-7).

• Green Bay has scored 185 points over its last five regular-season games, an average of 37.0 points per contest. The Packers have scored 28-plus points in each of their last five games.

• Including playoffs, the Packers have held their opponent to 20 points or less in eight of their last nine games at Lambeau Field.

 

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