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Packers Lions Betting – Green Bay Aims To Keep Pace In NFC North Hunt

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/6/2010 4:48:18 PM
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The Green Bay Packers know that if they can just survive the next three weeks of the season, they’ll get their shot to win the NFC North on the final weekend.

NFL Betting: Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions

Online Betting Odds: Packers -7

Why To Bet On The Packers

The biggest reason to take Green Bay in this game has little to do with the on-field aspects of this clash in Detroit against the Detroit Lions. The Packers should win this game, and rather decisively, because they have great incentive to do so. Green Bay isn’t leading its division by two games heading into the final four weeks of the season.

Coach Mike McCarthy’s club is one game behind the surprising Chicago Bears, who are leading the NFC North with a 9-3 record while the Packers sit at 8-4. Green Bay does host Chicago in week 17 on Jan. 2, but in order for that game to matter, the Pack Attack must remain within one game of the Bears over the next three weeks. Everyone in the Packer camp knows that one bad game, one slip off the precipice, will cost this team the division championship.

Moreover, with the NFC East and NFC South being very competitive this year, the Packers are also aware of the fact that if they don’t win the North, the 8-4 teams in the NFC East – the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants – could beat them out for a wild card playoff berth. The 9-3 New Orleans Saints in the NFC South are in line to get the NFC’s first of two wild-card spots. So the Packers are in danger of missing the playoffs despite a solid record that would be good enough for the lead in the AFC South, the AFC West, and the NFC West. It’s that kind of a year in the NFL, but the point is that the Packers should not let down their guard against the lowly Lions.

Why To Bet On The Lions

There is one clear and legitimate reason to pick Detroit against the spread, and that is simply that the Lions play teams close. Detroit has lost two agonizingly tense and evenly-fought games this season against the division-leading Chicago Bears. Both games went down to the wire and were decided partially by controversial calls. In the first game of 2010, Chicago beat Detroit in the Windy City when Lion receiver Calvin Johnson was ruled to have not made a legal catch of a would-be touchdown pass in the end zone.

The letter of the NFL rulebook was correct, but the larger point was that Detroit outplayed Chicago, only for a bad break to get in the way of a positive end result. This past Sunday, the Lions again fared really well against the Bears, but a terrible personal-foul call on Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh gave Chicago just enough of a push to get over the finish line first, leaving the Lions steamed after a 24-20 setback. If this team can get one break, or make just one extra play, it could at least stay close against Green Bay for four quarters.

How The Game Will Play Out

One wonders how much misery the Lions will still be able to absorb. Green Bay should come out fired up for this game, and that will be more than half the battle. Take the Packers minus the points on the road.

Packers Lions Betting Pick: Packers


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