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

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander
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3. Packers pass defense could have big day

Defending the run is a concern for the Packers defense in this game, but the pass defense could have another strong day.

Matthew Stafford didn’t look close to his best last week, throwing for 297 yards and a touchdown with an interception. If the Packers can generate pressure up front, Stafford will need to be a lot better in this game. And if the Packers build an early lead, the Lions will have no choice but to pass the ball to keep up.

To make it worse for Stafford, Detroit could be without two starters along the offensive line. Right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is questionable for the game after missing practice all week. Guard Joe Dahl has already been ruled out. Stafford also won’t have his top target as wide receiver Kenny Golladay is out of this game with a hamstring injury.

The Packers’ pass defense is close to full strength, but safety Raven Greene is questionable and cornerback Jaire Alexander was added to the injury report on Saturday, although he has no injury designation so is expected to play.

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If the Smith Bros. and Rashan Gary can create some pressure against a Lions offensive line potentially without a couple of starters, this is a matchup the Packers defense can win.