NFL Week 5: Packers at Lions Game Preview

Aaron Rodgers called out his offense after Sunday’s win over the Bills Sunday, calling their effort “not playoff-caliber” and demanding they step things up.

Buffalo held the Pack to 2 touchdowns and 22 points just a week after shutting down the Vikings offense.

How much their defense played a role in what Rodgers saw as a deficient offense is hard to determine. Rodgers is still playing with a knee brace and Randall Cobb was inactive with an injury.

Geronimo Allison exited in the second half with a concussion. That left Devonte Adams on the field with Green Bays trio of rookie wide receivers.

Green Bay also went full-committee at running back, despite Rodgers’s assertion that Aaron Jones should be on the field more. Jones averaged almost 6 yards per carry, as opposed to the combined 2.8 yards per carry of Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams.

Rodgers should have a full bevy of weapons come Sunday. Playing on a level turf and controlled weather of Ford Field should help, too.

Of course, Matt Stafford and the Lions could set a high bar for the Packers offense. Detroit’s wide receiver set of Golden Tate, Marin Jones, and Kenny Golladay are all among the top-20 receivers by yardage after four weeks.

Theo Riddick helps keep pass defenses honest with his underneath and screen routes and Detroit’s Kerryon Johnson gives Detroit a legitimate running threat.

Stafford and the Lions come off a last-second loss to the Cowboys on the road. But they play much better in front of their home crowd. He should have an easier time against the Packers’ defense than Bills rookie Josh Allen had last week.

This game has all the makings of a barn-burner.

How to watch the Lions vs Packers game:

Fox Sports owns the broadcast rights to this game Lions vs Packers and will send it to most north and west markets in Sunday’s early time slot.

But savvy internet television viewers who cut the cord with expensive cable and satellite providers will enjoy live stream Lions football on Sling TV. Sling provides live stream NFL action from most of the NFL-contracted networks in many markets.

Fubo TV and DirecTV Now are other internet television providers offering live stream NFL action all weekend. Fans can take advantage of free trials to watch the Lions and Packers game or kick off a contract-free monthly subscription to watch the NFL and lots of other entertainment venues.

Hulu with Live TV and YouTube, along with PlayStation Vue are other options to watch live stream NFL action.

Who will win the Lions vs Packers game?

Neither team can afford a divisional loss in what is shaping up to be a tight NFC North race. Detroit could find itself 2-3 and back in the running or fall three games behind the Packers starting the second quarter of the season.

Green Bay will pull a half-game ahead of the bye-week Bears with a victory. Rodgers surely understood the significance of this week when he specifically cited the playoff caliber of his offense instead of just saying they have to get better.

Detroit is usually a good bet at home, but a determined Rodgers is hard to deny. The Packers quarterback showed increased mobility on his sprained knee, scrambling for yards and moving in the pocket. On the reliable turf of Ford Field, his knee should be less of an issue.

Ironically, each team’s running game could be the determining factor. Lions head coach Matt Patricia said he has no plans to increase the touches of Kerryon Johnson despite the rookie’s rushing success. The Packers seem determined to go with a rushing committee, limiting Aaron Jones’ impact.

When all is said and done, the most desperate quarterback will put his team in the victory column. Final score: Lions 34 Packers 30

 

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