Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: Others’ predictions

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Green Bay Press Gazette

Weston Hodkiewicz (13-2)

What’s that old expression about never betting against a streak? The Packers’ defense has pulled things together since Clay Matthews’ move inside, and the offense has developed a reputation for how well its played at Lambeau Field. The Lions’ defense thrives off turnovers, and Aaron Rodgers hasn’t thrown an interception at home this season. Betting on the MVP quarterback to prevail.

Packers 24, Lions 20

Ryan Wood (13-2)

Streaks are made to be broken, so the Packers’ 23 straight wins against the Lions in the state of Wisconsin don’t necessarily mean a 24th straight will come today. Detroit has its own streak — two straight wins in the series. That said, the Lions have limped a bit in the final month, while the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have been dominant at home this season. Too much tilts in Green Bay’s favor.

Packers 23, Lions 17

Pete Dougherty (11-4)

The Lions have the defensive line to cause big problems in the run and pass games. If Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury is worse than the Packers are letting on, that could mean big trouble. But Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford probably will give the Packers a shot at an interception or two. So as long as Rodgers is OK, the Packers probably will eke out the NFC North Division title.

Packers 26, Lions 20

Robert Zizzo (11-4)

Green Bay has improved more than Detroit has since Week 3, when the Lions dominated the Packers’ offense with a fumble recovery for a touchdown and a safety. Even though the Lions come to Wisconsin with the best chance in years to end their 23-game losing streak here, the Packers still have a distinct homefield advantage.

Packers 21, Lions 17