3) What do the Packers need to do against the Lions to avoid going winless in November?
The Packers need to continue to have success running the ball. Their ground game has been the one area of the team that has performed consistently well this season. Ironic, considering this has been a glaring weakness for the team the past few seasons. If the Packers run the ball effectively Thursday this will help take some of the pressure off Flynn. It will also open up things in the passing game and give the Packers receivers some single man looks.
On defense, the Packers have to avoid giving up big plays, specifically in the pass game. In losses against Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York, the Packers gave up way too many passes over 25 yards. These big plays completely suck the life out of a defense. With Calvin Johnson now back in the lineup, the Packers have to prevent him from making plays downfield. To put it bluntly, they need to stop Megatron at all costs. They can’t let him dictate this game.
4) Are you sick of the Packers playing the Lions on Thanksgiving or do you like the team being part of the tradition so often as they have?
No, I am not sick of the Packers playing on Thanksgiving. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Thursday games, but there’s something special about your team playing on Thanksgiving. A Packers-Lions high stakes division game is the perfect accompaniment to all the food and family camaraderie on Thanksgiving. Some people may not know this, but the Packers actually played the Lions back in 1962 in the very first NFL game on Thanksgiving. The Packers play an important role in the tradition, and I’m glad they get to be frequent participants in that tradition. Now, if the Packers and Lions could only play at Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving for a change, then that would be something.
5) What is your prediction for Thursday’s game?
The last time the two teams played the Packers had a healthy Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, and Jermichael Finley on offense, and their defense held a Detroit offense that was missing their top playmaker to nine points. I expect very different results this time around. Flynn and a productive day from Eddie Lacy on the ground will help keep this game competitive, but I have my doubts the Packers will be able to stop the Lions with offensive weapons like Reggie Bush and Megatron on the field.
I say the Packers lose in a close, hard-fought contest on the road. Detroit 27, Green Bay 23
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