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Packers Lions Betting Tips – Lions Face Must-Win Situation Against Packers

Posted by Tony Bryant on 11/12/2012 5:41:45 PM

The Green Bay Packers often visit the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving Day. That won't be the case this season, but the Packers will visit Motown just four days before Turkey Day.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions – Sunday, November 18    
Sport betting line: Green Bay -3

Why Green Bay Will Win

If you want to make a winning bet on this game, it's going to be hard to argue with a Green Bay pick. The Packers needed a bye week as much as or more than any other NFL team this past weekend on November 11. The Pack have been crushed by injuries at so many spots on both sides of the ball. Their offensive line had been weakened to a considerable extent, making life much more difficult for an offense that has not been able to max out the way it did last year, en route to a 15-1 record. The bye week should do much to restore this team's sense of wholeness. The return of just a few players from longstanding injuries should boost Green Bay's manpower and feed a sense of confidence.

Moreover, Green Bay has the much better quarterback and the much better attitude in this game. Aaron Rodgers has been resourceful in keeping this team afloat despite all its injuries. Rodgers remains an elite quarterback who is fully in command of his own powers, even though his teammates have lacked health for much of the year. In marked contrast, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has struggled through a very inconsistent campaign. Stafford made a splash last year as an NFL signal caller, and when that happens, opposing defensive coordinators study a lot of film in the offseason. NFL defenses have disrupted Stafford's rhythm and timing this season. Also, receiver Calvin Johnson has struggled in 2012, dropping lots of passes and losing his edge over the past two months. The Lions are doubting themselves and are flinching in the face of pressure. They do not look ready to handle the Packers, a team that is moving upward, not downward, as the season evolves.

Why Detroit Will Win

When NFL betting students assess various factors and try to offer a path to victory for the underdogs, they will not have to overthink the matter. The Packers are still an injured team that is still resource-poor on its offensive line. If ever there was a time or an occasion for Detroit's defensive line to come up with a big game, this is it. Playing at home against a vulnerable opponent will give the Lions and head coach Jim Schwartz a chance to develop one of their better game plans of the year.

The other thing to keep in mind about this game is that it is a must-win for Detroit. Many would say that last week's game against Minnesota was huge, and that's true. However, this game against Green Bay really is a season-saver or season-breaker for the Lions. Playing an elimination-style game will give the Lions the extra push they have to have.

Who Will Win

The Lions will be desperate, but they won't be prepared or adequate. Pick the Packers on the road. Green Bay is more mature and more equipped to win this game.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Green Bay



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