While the Lions have been playing improved ball this year, the Detroit club is still a reflection of its head coach, Jim Schwartz, and tends to play with too much emotion and can be prone to mental mistakes.
Offensively, I look for the Packers to try and slow down the front four of the Detroit defense, anchored by DT Ndamukong Suh. The drafting of rookie Ziggy Ansah has shored up the RDE position for the team. If the Packers offensive line can give sufficient time for Rodgers, this could be a game that is over after the third quarter.
This is where RBs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin can come in handy to slow the pass rush, especially with quick runs between the tackles and quick screens and swing passes. The Lions are allowing 5.2 yards per carry. The Packers could have another 100-yard rusher after having so many previous games without such an achievement.
The Lions secondary is somewhat suspect, especially at cornerback.With a healthy Big Three of WRs Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb, the Packers should be able to rack up serious passing yardage. That is not even including whatever damage TE Jermichael Finley can cause in the seams of the Lions defense.
I would prefer to not get into a track meet with Detroit. I would like to see the Packers work the ground game and the clock. The constant ground pounding should soften Detroit’s resolve by the fourth quarter where the team can put them away.