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Lions Packers Betting Predictions – Lions Will Play Spoiler Against Packers, But How Well?

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/5/2012 6:12:36 PM

The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions are moving in opposite directions, and this is true despite the fact that the Packers are a less healthy team by a slight margin.

Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers – Sunday, December 9    
Sport betting line: Green Bay -7

Why Detroit Will Win

If you want to make a winning bet on this game, it's going to be easy to formulate a rationale for betting on the Lions. It's not going to be easy to pick the Lions, but it will be easy to conceive of a reason for doing so. That reason is simply that Green Bay remains a beaten-up team. On the offensive line, at linebacker, and in the secondary, this team just doesn't have the depth or quality that it needs in order to become a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

The Packers have been hit hard by injuries all season long, not just recently, and the significance of that fact is that Green Bay has rarely been able to take the field this season with a settled and established unit, one that can generate an appreciable degree of rhythm and cohesion together. Because there have been so many spare or moving parts in the Green Bay puzzle, the Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy have not been able to create a product that can mesh on the field. The Packers have in many ways benefited from the shortcomings of opponents, not necessarily their own dimensions of excellence. Green Bay has not been anything close to an excellent team this year. It is merely scraping by.

The Lions, who keep losing one close game after another and who keep blowing one fourth-quarter lead after another, just have to find a way to close the sale in the final few minutes of a game. Taking a lead over the Packers will certainly not be the hard part for the Honolulu Blue and Silver. Closing the door in the final two to three minutes is the only real issue this team truly faces, if you think about it for a minute.

Why Green Bay Will Win

When NFL betting students assess various factors and try to offer a path to victory for the Packers, they will not have to overthink the matter. Detroit has so much talent and ability, but the Lions have clearly crumbled under the pressure of being a playoff team this year.

The offense has faltered just enough to keep opponents in the conversation, lingering within striking distance in the final few minutes of the fourth quarter. Then, when opponents do get the ball in a last-chance situation – down by four or five points with one possession left – those opponents are scoring.

Detroit has simply been a terrible fourth-quarter team this year, and with respect to the betting line in this game, it's very reasonable to think that this accumulation of losses will wear on the Lions' collective psyche. Detroit will wither, and Green Bay will win comfortably as a result.

Who Will Win

The Lions will be devastated when they take the field. This is a team whose will is broken, whose competitive fire has been doused by so many late-stage disappointments. Take the Packers in this contest.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Green Bay


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