Mike Olsen: Week 17 is always a toss-up as questions swirl about who is playing, who is resting, and who is motivated. This game is no different, as the Packers have already secured home field advantage throughout the playoffs, and the Lions have secured a wild-card. Detroit, however, has more at stake for two reasons. First, they can earn the number 5 seed with a victory over the Packers, and second, they haven’t won at Lambeau Field since 1991. The Packers are seasoned winners, and will likely rest some key players. The Lions are new to this end of the spectrum, and at a point where each victory, regardless of its impact, is meaningful to the players, fans, and franchise. The Lions snag the 5 seed, and take another step towards prominence on Sunday. Detroit Lions 27, Green Bay Packers 16
Chris Czar: A very strange game which has no meaning to the Packers and little meaning to the Lions. The Packers will likely sit all of their most valuable players while the Lions’ best players may see limited action. In a possible battle of #2 QBs, I like the much more experienced Shawn Hill over Matt Flynn of the Packers. Look for Stafford and company to strike early, and Hill to finish off Green Bay. Albeit in anti-climactic fashion, the Lions finally end the curse of Lambeau and set up a playoff date with the NFC East winner.
Ross Husson: Isn’t it nice that it is the last week of the regular season and the Lions already have clinched their playoff spot? It will be interesting to see when the Packers begin to rest their starters. This game may not matter to the Pack but it is very important for the Lions. If the Lions win, they will go on the road and play the NFC East champion. This option is much better considering how well the Saints perform at home. I think the Lions will win just because the Packers won’t be playing the big time players for most of the game. Lions 20, Packers 16
Marty Medvedik: The Green Bay Packers have nothing to play for, the Detroit Lions are playing for the fifth seed and ending the longest losing streak in NFL history. The Lions started their playoff push 3 weeks ago and don’t plan on stopping now. Lions 21, Packers 14