Two. Dos. Deux.
This one is also the most important. The NFC North crown could depend on who comes out of this game triumphant.
So let’s take a look at the matchup and see who has the edge.
At quarterback, we have a fun one. Last time Matt Flynn saw the Detroit Lions he torched them to the tune of 480 yards and 6 touchdowns, both Packers team records (until Rodgers tied the 480 yards this year). But that is most likely not the Flynn we will see.
On the other side, Matthew Stafford was playing some masterful football, including the fantastic finish versus the Dallas Cowboys. I was extremely impressed with his game management in that one. But he has fallen off the map a bit recently, with teams exposing his flaws (mainly turnovers) when they can get pressure.
If I had to give an edge, it would be to Stafford, but more because of his talent. While Flynn could play another masterful game, he is still an unknown.
At running back, both teams have experienced a resurgence. Reggie Bush has given the Lions a much-needed every down starter, along with a great complement in Joique Bell. Eddie Lacy is just phenomenal, and James Starks has shown without having to carry the full load he can be a great reliever.
Both of these teams are getting a big help from their backs, but the edge goes to the Packers just because of Lacy. He is a true every down power back, who looks even better every week (especially on that 4th and 1). Green Bay has not had a back in awhile who has been as dominant.
At wide receiver, all we have to really say is Calvin Johnson for the Lions. Megatron is the best in the NFL and could go down as one of the best, if not the best in history. Outside of that, the Lions simply have complements in Nate Burleson, Kris Durham, and Brandon Pettigrew. They’re inconsistent.
On the Packers sideline, they boast a truly deep corps. Jordy Nelson is elite, it’s a fact. He has been affected by the QB changes, but anybody would have been affected with this many changes. James Jones has played well, and Jarrett Boykin has turned into “Mr. Big Catch.” Boykin has solidified a role in the offense in
place of the injured Randall Cobb.
The Packers claim the edge just by a few inches, but mainly because the receiving corps is more well-rounded.
Defense. Do we really have to say much? The Packers made Christian Ponder look like a Pro Bowler, and Detroit made Mike Glennon a Buccaneers savior. Not much to like about either defense. At least for the Packers they should get a few players back from injury this week. We will call this one a draw.
This game will be interesting to watch mainly because of the playoff implications. Whichever team wins truly has the best shot at claiming the NFC North title. Whichever loses … well let’s say the path gets much more difficult.
To which team do you give your “edge?”
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