Week 17: at Lions
The last time these two teams played each other, there was a controversial ending. Penalties kept the Packers’ final drive alive that allowed them to attempt a last-second field goal to beat the Lions at Lambeau Field.
Since then, the two teams have trended in opposite directions. The Lions are 1-4. Their only win was a five-point victory over the 2-8 New York Giants. The Packers, on the other hand, are 4-1 since their win over the Lions.
Being without Matthew Stafford for the foreseeable future, this Lions team is already pretty much out of contention. By the time Week 17 rolls around, this Lions team may be checked out and done. Of course, that’s a typical trap game. The Packers could be looking ahead to the playoffs and lose focus on the Lions.
If the Lions can rattle off some wins and stay somewhat in contention for a wild-card spot, however unlikely that is, before Stafford can come back, this might be a pretty good game. If they lose a few games coming up, I could see the Lions just shutting him down for the year, whether he likes it or not.
Even if Stafford plays against the Packers, I think the Packers have a good chance to win. If Stafford is out and Jeff Driskel is playing, the Packers should roll easily and finish the regular season on a high note.