Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers: SLR Staff Predictions

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Nov 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) runs after a catch against the Green Bay Packers during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Packers beat the Lions 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Detroit Lions break their Thanksgiving Day losing streak? Here is what the SideLion Report staff sees in store for today’s game.

Matt Pelc – As pathetic as the Green Bay Packers have been since Aaron Rodgers went down, it seems that no matter who plays quarterback against the Detroit Lions (Scott Tolzien or Matt Flynn), they will find success by just flinging the ball deep. We have seen it way too much this year as struggling and rookie quarterbacks have had tremendous success against the Lions’ secondary that keeps getting worse by the week.

With that said, they may have been able to split or win their last two games if turnovers had been kept in check. So this has all the makings of another Detroit loss—only they will put it all on the line. We keep waiting for the Lions to grab Thanksgiving as their signature game and give their best effort of the season, and it hasn’t happened (last win in 2003 against Green Bay). This year is different. While there will be a remote the Lions go to the playoffs with a loss on Thursday, losing three straight will be a death knell. Beating a rival (whose players have been popping off in the media), ending a losing streak, and hanging on to first place means this game will be treated like a playoff game.

No turnovers, limit the long pass plays and the Lions can win.

I’m tempted to pick Green Bay because every time I take the Lions, they lose and every time I take their opponent, they win. Blame me if they lose. Lions 34, Packers 31.

Aaron Meckes – I heard this week the Lions haven’t won on Thanksgiving since 2003, which surprised me. The Lions come stumbling into this game, but so do the hobbled Green Bay Packers. I’d like to think Detroit can pull things together for a big home win against a division rival, but these last two weeks have left me with little confidence. I firmly believe this is a must-win game if Detroit wants to make the playoffs, and I think they pull it out, 28-24.

Darin Ackerman – Matt Flynn threw for a franchise record six touchdowns last time he started against the Lions.  Rookie Darius Slay is getting the start in place of an injured Chris Houston.  Packers lineman Josh Sitton’s comments set the table for a personal foul fest by the defensive line.  I’ve seen this movie before – same old Lions, same old results.  Lions continue the downward spiral and lose another one before fans slip into turkey-induced naps. Packers 27 Lions 24

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