Dec 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green (20) is tackled by Detroit Lions cornerback Jacob Lacey (21) and safety Ricardo Silva (39) during the game at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Detroit Lions Contenders in the NFC North?

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The Detroit Lions moved into a share of first place in the NFC North with last Sunday’s win over the Chicago Bears. At 3-1, including 2-0 in the division, it is natural to start wondering if the Lions are legitimate contenders to win the NFC North.

Personally, I’m not ready to go that far just yet. The two division wins are a great start but beating the Bears and Vikings at home needs to be an expectation to even compete for a wild card playoff berth, never mind competing for a division crown. The Lions were impressive in both wins but those need to be followed up by strong performances on the road.

The Lions get a big opportunity to make some real noise in the division this week when they hit the road to play the Green Bay Packers. The early part of this season has quickly taken on the theme of shedding the “same old Lions” label. Getting the franchise’s first win in Washington was a step in that direction. The next step is getting a defining win by ending their 22-game road losing streak to the Packers.

Do you think it will happen? If so, there is some money to be made in Las Vegas. The Lions are touchdown underdogs as of the time of this post. That’s a big spread considering the majority of NFL games end as one score games. It will be interesting to see how this moves as the game gets closer.

According to FreeSportsBet.com:
Betting line: Packers +7
Over/Under: 53.5
Moneyline: Lions (+262), Packers (-316)

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