1. Davante Adams has three touchdown catches
After giving up 168 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to Aaron Jones in Week 2, the Lions will need a better gameplan to stop the Packers finding success with their rushing attack.
However, the more focus is given to stopping the run, the easier life becomes for Davante Adams.
Adams left the Week 2 game early on due to a hamstring injury and wouldn’t return. He’ll look to make up for that lost time on Sunday afternoon.
With rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah ruled out for this game and Desmond Trufant on injured reserve, the Lions are thin in the secondary. That’s a concern ahead of a matchup with the NFL’s number one scoring offense and best quarterback-wide receiver duo.
To have any chance of slowing Aaron Rodgers and this passing offense down, the Lions will need to generate pressure. But that’s been a struggle all season with Detroit’s defense ranking 26th in ESPN’s pass rush win rate. The Lions only have 18 sacks all year.
The Packers, meanwhile, lead the NFL in ESPN’s pass block win rate and have allowed just 14 sacks all season.
If Rodgers is given a clean pocket, it’s game over.
And if Rodgers has time to throw, he’s going to look Adams’ way over and over again. With 1,029 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games this season, few defenses have shown the ability to stop him. A struggling Lions defense without two of their top cornerbacks won’t be any different.
According to Pro Football Reference, no player has more red zone targets (23) or receptions (18) than Adams this season. With the Packers down in the red zone often on Sunday, Rodgers will keep looking Adams’ way and he’ll catch three for touchdowns.