2. Packers’ pass rush will get home
When fully healthy, the Lions should have a strong offensive line. They are without starting left tackle Taylor Decker for the time being, however.
Last week, the Lions struggled up front. The 49ers’ defense made three sacks and had nine quarterback hits. Jacob Rosenfarb of Pro Football Focus called the Lions’ pass protection ‘abysmal’, noting that the group allowed 33 pressures.
According to ESPN, the Lions have a pass block win rate of 48 percent, which ranks 22nd in the NFL after Week 1.
With the Packers falling behind early last week, there weren’t too many opportunities to rush the passer. New Orleans ran the ball well and Jameis Winston got the ball out quickly. If Green Bay gets ahead and builds a lead on Monday, Detroit will need to pass often to catch up.
Rashan Gary was impressive last week and could have a huge game. Preston Smith also put in a solid performance in the opener. Za’Darius Smith was active but limited, so hopefully another week of rest will help him play a bigger role.
Green Bay’s defense struggled against New Orleans but should have plenty of success against Detroit’s offensive line this week. It could be a breakout game for Gary.