The Lombardi Ave staff are predicting a Packers win in Week 2.
The Green Bay Packers return to Lambeau Field for their home opener against the Detroit Lions.
It will be a very different Lambeau game to normal, however, with no fans in attendance due to the ongoing pandemic.
Will Green Bay back up its victory in the season-opener with another divisional win against Detroit? Here are our staff picks for Week 2:
Nile McNair: Packers
Coming off an exciting Week 1, I believe the Packers will carry that momentum into their matchup with the Lions. While the Packers were one of the highlights of Week 1, the Lions had history repeat itself as they failed to score a game-winning touchdown versus the Chicago Bears due to a critical drop from D’Andre Swift.
Green Bay will win its first home game of the season over the Lions with a score of 31-17. Detroit will come out flat due to the devastating Week 1 loss and fall behind early to the Packers. This will allow Green Bay to feed Aaron Jones the ball against a defense that allowed almost 150 rushing yards to the Bears in Week 1.
Score: Green Bay 31, Detroit 17
Kevin Culligan: Packers
Detroit cornerback Jeffrey Okudah is battling back from injury, Desmond Trufant is out, and Justin Coleman was just placed on IR. The Green Bay defense will be hard-pressed to shut down Matt Stafford, but if Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur operate near the same level they did in Week 1, this should be a comfortable win at Lambeau Field.
Score: Green Bay 38, Detroit 24
Jesse Fry: Packers
The Lions are coming off a heartbreaking loss the Bears in Week 1. If not for a drop by a rookie running back, this would be a game for the early lead of the NFC North with two 1-0 teams looking to go up 2-0 on the season and the division.
As it is, the Packers put up their highest point total against a Mike Zimmer coached team to secure a victory. Much like the Lions, the Packers allowed the Vikings to score a bunch of points in the fourth quarter and get back into the game. Unlike the Lions, the Packers were ultimately able to put away their opponent where the Lions could not.
With the Lions looking to avoid going 0-2 to start the season and 0-2 in the division, the Packers are going to get Detroit’s best shot and this will not be an easy game.
Each game last year was decided by three points and I expect this one to be just as close. I have the home team holding on for another three-point win.
Score: Green Bay 24, Detroit 21
Christian Borman: Packers
The Packers will bring their red-hot offense home for their opener at Lambeau against the Lions. The Lions will look to rebound after blowing a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter last week against the Bears.
The good news for the Lions is they may be getting their first-round pick, Jeff Okudah for his first game. The bad news, they have to face Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, who are coming off a huge game against the Vikings. I think the Lions’ secondary is even weaker than the Vikings’ and the Packers easily take advantage.
Score: Green Bay 35, Detroit 20
Freddie Boston: Packers
Rodgers and the entire Green Bay offense looked impressive in the season opener. Rodgers could be set for another big game in Week 2. As noted, Detroit’s secondary will be without two cornerbacks — Coleman and Trufant — while rookie corner Okudah is returning from injury and gets his first NFL start up against Rodgers.
The Lions also struggled to stop the run last week, giving up 149 rushing yards to the Bears. Led by the offense, Green Bay starts the season 2-0.