Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: Others’ predictions

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Week 17 Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 10-5 Green Bay Packers 27-24(OT)
Detroit has needed a lot of fourth quarter heroics to even be in this position. They face the mother of all tests facing the Packers at Lambeau. These are not the Lions under Jim Schwartz so this not resemble anything close to a cakewalk. Look for Rodgers to lead the final drive for a field goal in overtime after both defenses get initial stops.
“Jersey” Al Bracco 11-4 Green Bay Packers 27-19
The losing streak for Detroit at Lambeau Field continues as the Packers defense stiffens in the red zone to hold the Lions to field goals. Meanwhile, The Packers offense will get off to another Lambeau fast start and then chew up the clock in the second half.
Adam Czech 12-3 Green Bay Packers 44-17
 It’s been a while since the Packers blew someone out of the water at Lambeau. I think that changes on Sunday. The Packers’ offense is more diversified than they were when Detroit shut it down in week three. The defense is also more than capable of containing a ho-hum Lions offense. Bring on the playoff bye.
Thomas Hobbes 11-4 Green Bay Packers 31-27
 Both teams are desperate for the win but luckily the Packers are at home.  If the offensive line can continue to keep Rodgers upright, I think he can expose the Lions secondary, which has not fared well against better quarterbacks.
Chad Toporski 11-4 Green Bay Packers 30-24
This is going to be a tough game, and I fully expect the Packers to end up with more field goals than we’d like them to take. I think you’ll see both teams playing at a very high level; unfortunately for the Lions, that gives the Packers the edge. My prediction is that the defense will come through with a 4th quarter stop to prevent Detroit from stealing the lead and a win.
Jason Perone 12-3 Green Bay Packers 28-21
The Packers defense has upheld their end of the bargain lately and this week, Aaron Rodgers faces arguably his most important regular season home game ever.  Beating the Bears in ’10 was a must-win, but with a likely #2 seed on the line, this game might as well be if these Packers want a chance at Arizona in early February.  Rodgers doesn’t disappoint and the Packers complete a perfect season at home.  Detroit already lost their idiot starting center due to his being himself so the Lions don’t quite have the mojo working in their favor so far.  As the saying goes:  Lions gon’ Lion.
Jay Hodgson 11-4 Green Bay Packers 24-14
I don’t put any stock in the whole losing streak that blew up Twitter with the #LastTimeTheLionsWon hashtag. Every team is different year-to-year, and even week-to-week. The Packers play their best ball in Lambeau, and they’re up to the challenge in this playoff-like game.
Mike Reuter 1-0 Green Bay Packers 30-14
 The Detroit Lions are the kind of team that is built to beat the Green Bay Packers. A physical defense with a strong front four that has the ability to rush the passer and stop the run as well as a high potential offense in both the pass and run game. It would not surprise me at all if the Packers lost this game. Coach McCarthy is a cocky SOB though and I love him for that. I get the feeling that the Packers will assert their dominance on Detroit by showing they can throw the ball on them, after all the Packers have been facing lots of defenses rushing 4 and dropping 7 lately, they’re used to it. As well as try to prove a point that they can run on anyone, including the NFL leading rush defense at a fantastic 3.1 yards per carry allowed. Detroit has the potential to beat anyone, but typically look very pedestrian and they rarely put together a game like they did in week 3 against the Packers. Plus you know, the whole Packers have been great at home this season, the weather is going to be great, and there are players on each team’s roster that were not alive the last time the Lions won in Wisconsin. For those reasons I will take the Packers, the number two seed, and a first round bye for 500 Alex.
Cory Jennerjohn 12-3 Green Bay Packers 27-16
The Lions are built for the fast track of Ford Field. Their defensive line will be slowed on a chilly afternoon in Lambeau. The Packers must be consistent with the run early, even if it may not always work. Even with an injured calf, Aaron Rodgers is still better than 3/4 of the quarterbacks in this league and that includes Matthew Stafford.
Andy Burch 11-4 Green Bay Packers 24-20
I think this is a game where whichever team is at home will win. So I believe the Packers will win. Hopefully the xoffense gets back on track and the defense continues to play well. I do think that Davon House being out could be a problem, he is our best corner that matches up with Megatron. Hopefully the offense gets it going so they can gain some confidence heading into the bye to most likely play the Cowboys.