Shack and The Hack's NFC North Predictions: Week 5

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Shack and the Hack’s game of the week

Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers

Shack: This game has a lot riding on it for both teams, but particularly for the Lions, who are on their way to shedding the “same ol’ Lions” theme. Winning against the Packers at Lambeau Field for the first time since 1991 (I was born in 1992) would put that theme away for good and would bring the Lions to 3-0 in the NFC North. Among other things, a win at Lambeau would show that the Lions are legit playoff contenders, but in order to do so they have to play consistently for four quarters, something they have yet to do. I think this is the Lions best chance to beat the Packers, they have a ton of confidence, the trio of Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush, and Matthew Stafford have been unstoppable, and the defense has been spectacular in forcing pressure and creating turnovers. On the flip side, the Packers are coming into the game fresh off a bye week and they have had extra time to game plan for Bush and Johnson. The Lions have their weapons, and the Packers have theirs, the best quarterback in football in Aaron Rodgers, Randell Cobb, and Jordy Nelson, and a much improved run game. This game, much like every other NFL game, will come down to who turns the ball over least. I think the Lions will come to play Sunday and give the Packers a run for their money.

Prediction: Lions win 35-33

The Hack: Can  the most important game of the year already be here by the fifth game of the season? It can and it is. If the Detroit Lions break the streak and go 4 and 1, that will set the tone for the year as the Lions being the surprise team this year to come out of nowhere. It won’t be easy. The Pack is 1-2 and facing the Ravens next week, they actually are more desperate than the Lions for once.  The Packers have problems blocking for Aaron Rogers , and their pass defense is suspect. Wow, That matches up perfectly for the Lions for our strengths are playing their weaknesses.  The Lions are really focused  and that streak is of age now, 21. Time to kick it out of the house.  This is the Detroit Lions year, and it starts taking shape this week.

Prediction: Lions-38 Sacking the Pack-24.

Record so far this season

Shack: 4-4

The Hack: 7-1

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