Green Bay Packers: 5 most anticipated games of 2015
Sep 21, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers running backDuJuan Harris
(26) runs the ball against the Detroit Lions during the game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
5. @ Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions haven’t won in the state of Wisconsin since 1991, but they have fared much better at home.
Sep 21, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterbackAaron Rodgers
(12) during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
In Green Bay’s last five visits to Detroit, the Lions have come out on top three times. They have also won the last two contests at Ford Field.
One of those losses was with backup quarterback Matt Flynn starting his first game since returning to the club, but the Lions took apart the Packers in the Week 3 matchup last season.
The Lions dominated the match with defense. But just how good will their defense be next season?
They have lost Ndamukong Suh, which Packers head coach Mike McCarthy described as a ‘win-win’.
"“I’m trying to teach my 6-year-old to do a cartwheel right now,” McCarthy said at the annual NFL owners meetings. “But I thought it was a win-win. It was good to see him leave the division, and it was great to see Joe Philbin improve his football team.”"
The Lions have also lost fellow defensive tackle Nick Fairley, and C.J. Mosley remains a free agent. Even with the addition of former Baltimore Raven Haloti Ngata, the defense will struggle to dominate like it did in 2014.
With or without Suh, this will be a tough challenge and will have major division-winning implications.
Can the Packers win in Detroit for the first time since 2012?
This is a game to which Packers Nation will be anticipating.
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