Packers vs. Lions Week 14 Game Predictions from AllGBP.COM (with Podcast)

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GAME PREDICTIONS
Week 14: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
Name Record To-Date This Week’s Pick Score Prediction
Kris Burke 8-4 Green Bay Packers 17-13
Why so low scoring? Forecast in Green Bay is calling for 3-6 inches of snow before kickoff.  Aaron Rodgers hasn’t played in a snow game before so he may be in for a bit of an adjustment.  If it comes down to running the ball, I think a Green/Grant two-headed attack works best
“Jersey” Al Bracco 7-5 Green Bay Packers 34-17
Usually, just when we think we have this team figured out, things change. So that’s what I’m counting on. Call me optimistic,  but I feel like it’s high time for the Packers to break out of their close game rut and have a runaway victory. The only thing that worries me is the weather, but then again, there have been high-scoring games in the snow (Seattle Snow Bowl).
Adam Czech 9-3 Green Bay Packers 27-21
I don’t think thing will be much different than the game a few weeks ago. The Lions D-line will rush hard. Stafford will get hot for a quarter. Rodgers will make a few extra plays. And the Packers win another tight one.
Marques Eversoll 9-3 Green Bay Packers 31-17
The Lions’ front four will give the Packers’ offensive line some problems. And although Green Bay is still playing with its B-team, I think these Packers will bring their A-game on Sunday night mainly because Aaron Rodgers is overdue for a Rodgers-type game. The Pack’s two most impressive performances of the season were in primetime–week two at home against the Bears and week six at Houston. And frankly, I can’t seem to recall what happened in New York two weeks ago in primetime. Blowout.
Thomas Hobbes 8-4 Green Bay Packers 24-14
I guess the question is, will the Packers see a Lions team that can maximize it’s potential, or will the Packers see a Lions team that can’t get out of it’s own way?  So far the Lions haven’t been able to play as good as they should be able to and I suspect we’ll see the same this weekend.  On offense, the Lions might be the only team who has had a more depleted receiving core than the Packers, but as long as Megatron is on the field the Lions passing game can be deadly.  On defense, Suh, Fairley and Vanden Bosch will be quite a handful for a reshuffled offensive line (even worse if TJ Lang sits out), but I think the Packers will try to copy the success they had against the Vikings and play a more conservative, clock-management style of play that will frustrate and tire the defense into making a mistake.  I think as long as Aaron Rodgers is patient and the running game (who will almost certainly be short James Starks) can produce consistent yardage and the Packers should have the consistency to beat a wild Lions team.
Jason Perone 6-6 Green Bay Packers 17-14
While I want to believe the Packers can put up more than 17 points, I just don’t believe Aaron Rodgers will have the time.  I hope I’m wrong because that would mean he likely stays upright during this one.  The Lions are wounded and at this point, it’s all about playing the role of spoiler.  They haven’t won at Lambeau since before Brett Favre.  They’d love nothing more than to end that losing streak when it could cost the Packers significantly.  But they’re still the Lions.  With no other major pass-catching threat to complement Calvin Johnson, the Packers’ defense keeps him under wraps and the offense does just enough to eek out a win despite a rash of injuries on both sides of the ball.
Chad Toporski 8-4 Green Bay Packers 27-26
Even though they Detroit Lions are 4-8, they have never been blown out this season, and their average scoring margin is just -1.2. They might be out of the playoff race, but the Lions will give the Packers a run for their money, if for nothing but pride. Green Bay’s injuries, meanwhile, will prevent them from taking a commanding lead and making it a comfortable win. They’ll win, but it won’t be pretty.

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Chad Toporski, a Wisconsin native and current Pittsburgh resident, is a writer for AllGreenBayPackers.com. You can follow Chad on twitter at @ChadToporski

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  • Wagszilla

    Let’s see…

    Burleson: IR
    Young: IR
    Broyles: IR
    Edwards: PUP

    The Lions are working with their practice squad at WR, their offensive line is banged up, and their center is undersized. If the Packers don’t win big, it’s a sad state of affairs in Green Bay, snow or no snow…

    Throw the screen and dump offs to beat the rush. Grant houses one just like he did with Flynn (who set a franchise record against the Lions, mind you).

    Packers 31 Lions 17.

    Good day, chums!

    P.S. I think it’d be Packers 56 – Lions 17 if Andrew Quarless was healthy.

  • Tarynfor12

    The Packers should use dump offs and runs to make a quick game as the longer the game the likely a loss.This game plan will look to work up until where the PIs come into effect against our double cover of Megatron.
    How fast or slow MM abandons the run will decide this game.

  • Oppy

    I don’t often predict, but when I have this season, I’ve been way off.

    Let’s hope that’s the case, because I have a bad feeling about this one.

    I’d love to say snow on the ground would help our Oline protect, but that’s only the case against speed rushers. With EDS and Barclay out on the field, any missteps or poor technique with their set or hands will only be magnified by a slick playing surface against a very physical, powering D line.

    MM has proven time and time again that he doesn’t change his offensive game planning due to weather- he’ll likely still try to put it up in the air just as much as he would if it doesn’t snow.. And he’ll likely keep calling deep routes in the face of 3rd and manageable.

    I hope our run game is not only effective, but that MM stays patient and sticks to it, because if he doesn’t, I’m not feeling good about this game.

    Key to watch: Another game without CJ Wilson and Clay Matthews. Detroit is going to take advantage on the ground.

  • Jeff

    So some people are affraid of the weather ? You do know that the Lions are a dome team and Stafford has never played in the snow. Packers beat this Lion team the last 2 times without Woodson and Matthews , last year in Green Bay we did not play Rodgers , Matthews , Woodson , and Jennings and still won the game.

    • cow42

      Packers are also a dome team.

      I remember the good old days when I thought “weather” games at Lambeau were cool… almost a home field advantage.

      Not anymore.

      Soft, oops – i mean “finesse”, teams like controlled environments.

  • Jeff

    Detgroit is going to take advantage on the ground ? Lions have no running game !!! The Lions do not get a pass rush on grass and it has been decades since the Lions had a pass rush in Lambeau. If you think the snow will not help our offensive line what makes you think it will help the Lion defensive line ???

    • cow42

      snow or no snow – the Lions’ defensive line is superior to the Packers offensive line.

      Not.
      Even.
      Close.

    • Oppy

      1)Detroit backs ran for 98 yards on 22 attempts vs. a healthy Packers D-line. That’s why I’m concerned with our ability to stop their ground game when a key contributor to our run Defense is out.

      2) Detroit averages 4.3 YPC. That’s 12th in the league. That’s good enough to call a run game.

      3)Detroit has 27 sacks on the season (good for 16th in the league). 12 of those sacks came in their 5 games on grass. Detroit has played 12 games, that means they average 2.25 sacks per game on the season…. On grass surface, they average 2.4 sacks per game.. sooooo….

      4) The reason snow ends up being a disadvantage for an offensive line in pass protection as opposed to a wash (meaning both the OL and DL are equally disadvantaged) is due to the fact that in Pass Pro, the Offensive line is already disadvantaged to start with- they have to REact to the Defense. The Defensive line attacks; the Offensive line must REact to it. Pass protection is a retreat; holding your ground and keeping your balance on a slick surface in the face of oncoming inertia is more difficult. Reacting quickly on a slick surface is more difficult.

      5) I’m not worried about my predictions, I’m not an expert and I haven’t shit upon the predictions of the staff writers, telling them they are ignorant and don’t know what they are talking about. I also haven’t claimed to be right 95% of the time. You, on the other hand? Well, if you actually MAKE a prediction instead of giving a history report, you’d have the chance of being right for the first time in three consecutive weeks. That would put you at 33%, and well on your way to getting back to your reported 95% accuracy in such things.

      I say, Good day to you, Sir!

      • Chad Toporski

        Oppy, I hope you never stop posting on this blog.

        Just saying.

    • http://allgbp.com Jersey Al

      Jeff, you must be a glutton for punishment…

  • frozentundra91

    Predictions are just that, predictions, they’re just for fun so I have to laugh at some people that get so upset over what people say. Lighten up a little, lol.

    With that said, I think Kris and Jason are gonna be pretty close to the actual score. NFC North division games are usually close and they often seem to be decided by the defense. I like the Packer’s young defense a lot better. Go Pack

    • http://allgbp.com Jersey Al

      thanks for that level-headed approach and comment!

  • http://cheesestradamus.com Robert Stempski

    The Packers will sneak a win in here but not because they are that much better than the Lions talent wise but because the Packers are a team! The lions are as bad as the Eagles. A collection of good players that play as a group of good individuals and not as a team. This is a team sport more than a individual sport like bowling!

    The Packers play wounded and look to each other for support. Hopefully tonight will be a example of “Winning together not losing as a individual”

  • Oppy

    How ’bout them Vikings?!

    Don’t wanna count chickens and all that, but the Vikes are doing the Packers a solid as of early in the 4th quarter, 21-7 lead over the Bears and driving again!

    AWesome, keep it up!

    “BEAR DOWN” lol

  • Adam Czech

    Man, my shoulder hurts this morning. I must have hurt it patting myself on the back for only being one point off in my final score prediction :)

    • Chad Toporski

      Well done!