Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions: Five on the Spot

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Jones /
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Packers fans have watched and have had three weeks to recover from the shock of seeing their franchise leader go down with a potentially season-ending injury. It’s now time to turn the page and make the most of an ill-fated 2017 season.

Standing in the way of their fifth victory is a Detroit Lions squad led by Matthew Stafford, who despite being a top-10 quarterback in passing yards per game (264.4), ranks among the league’s bottom-feeders in yards per pass attempt (6.9).

So, while Green Bay’s silver-and-blue division rivals boast an outstanding array of offensive weapons, the production just hasn’t been there.

In fact, the Lions’ attack not only resides in the league’s bottom half in first downs, Stafford and company also qualify as the 22nd-ranked offense in third-down conversions.

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Their Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers saw Motown’s finest produce 482 yards, but fail to score a single touchdown. In fact, the visiting opposition kept the Lions out of the end zone on each of their five trips inside the 20.

Does the Dom Capers-led defense have what it takes to follow suit in keeping their adversaries at bay?

Well, coming off a bye week does have its advantages with one of them being that the Packers are healthier than they have been in quite a while.

But with the unproven Brett Hundley at the helm, one can’t expect the boys from Packers News to dominate a familiar foe that has actually been a hard nut to crack in recent divisional battles.

Today we take a look at the five performers who will need to bring their best to deliver a much-needed “W” and restore a modicum of hope among legions of Packer backers who will be cheering on from near and far.

We’ll start with the young phenom running back who seems to have solidified a role in this Packers offense …