Packers: 3 reasons why they will beat the Lions in Week 2

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams
Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

1. There will be no stopping the Packers through the air

Aaron Rodgers looked sharp in the season opener, putting together one of his best performances in recent memory. There were a lot of factors involved.

Entering year two in Matt LaFleur’s system sure helped. Rodgers looked at ease and in control, and made a number of spectacular plays. He also got to face an inexperienced Vikings cornerback group that had no answer for Davante Adams.

The good news for the Packers? The same could be true this week against the Lions.

Adams’ recent record against the Lions is phenomenal. He’s caught 23 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns in his past three games against the Lions, and let’s not forget he often drew coverage from Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. Slay is now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles.

To make matters worse for the Lions, they are also without two starting cornerbacks. Desmond Trufant has been ruled out for this game, while slot corner Justin Coleman was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.

Detroit’s defense kept Chicago quiet for three quarters last week. But as the injuries hit the secondary, that quickly changed. Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, leading to a surprise comeback victory for the Bears.

Third-overall pick Jeff Okudah will likely make his first NFL start, but even if the Lions’ rookie corner goes onto become a multi-time All-Pro, debuting in a matchup against Rodgers and Adams is as tough as it gets.