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Betting On Lions Packers – Lions’ Fans Ready For Return To Postseason Following Trip To Lambeau

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/27/2011 6:13:00 PM
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For everything that fans of the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers have watched their team accomplish through the 2011 calendar year, the truth is that fans of the Detroit Lions should be just as happy as they are heading in to the final week of the season. Lions’ fans will get to see their team return to the playoffs this year for the first time since 1999, and after enduring some of the hardest times throughout the past 11 years, it has been a long time coming for an organization that had been mired in irrelevancy for far too long.

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers

Sunday January 1, 2011 – 1:00 PM ET
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
NFL Betting Lines: Detroit Lions -1

With that said, the Lions have a couple of tough tests ahead of them over the next couple of weeks, with a trip to Lambeau Field to face the one-loss Packers before facing a division winner in the NFC Wild Card round. It will be interesting to see how both teams approach this game given the fact that the NFC Wild Card spots have been clinched, with Detroit listed as the slight sports betting favorite.

Betting On Lions Packers Preview: Detroit Lions

A 14-point comeback win at Oakland and a 38-10 blowout win over the San Diego Chargers at home highlighted the three-game win streak that helped the Lions lock up the final NFC Wild Card spot this past Sunday. It marked the second time this season that Detroit won at least three in a row, and with quarterback Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the fifth-ranked pass offense in the league hooking up early and often it makes sense that the team has been so successful. Now it will come down to having Ndamakong Suh and the defense ready to raise its level of play for the postseason after finishing near the bottom of the NFL against the run and near the middle against the pass.

Betting On Lions Packers Preview: Green Bay Packers

It is unlikely that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will spend much time looking back at what could have been with a win at Kansas City two weeks ago, at least until their season is over. Green Bay will be focused on the task at hand, and since they have already clinched the best record in the NFC, and a first round bye, they can afford to play their starters in this game to keep them from resting three weeks before their first playoff game. Rodgers has been brilliant this year with 4,643 passing yards and 45 touchdowns, and he could potentially reach 5,000 in this game if he wants to take the shot.

Betting On Lions Packers Preview: Outlook & Pick

The fact that the NFC North will send two teams to the postseason this year and neither one is the Chicago Bears has to be somewhat surprising, and both the Packers and Lions’ fans should be happy with all that their teams have already accomplished. That said, it makes sense for Green Bay to leave their starters in longer in order to keep them from becoming rusty from too long of a layoff, while Detroit could be caught scoreboard watching as they look forward to their first playoff game in 11 years, even though they are listed as sportsbook favorites.

Betting On Lions Packers Pick: Green Bay Packers

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