PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush presents the third of five key matchups in the Packers' Week 17 game against the Lions this Sunday at Lambeau Field.
The Lions have the talent to compete with the NFC's best, and at 7-5 they remain primary playoff contenders, but more discipline is needed as they enter the final quarter.
The fallout from the Lions' loss to the Packers could extend beyond the holiday.
Detroit RB Kevin Smith left Thursday's game and didn't return. The Lions' secondary also was hit by injuries, and the Packers lost a pair of linebackers.
Lions CB Chris Houston is working to understand the opposition even better this season after a solid showing in 2010, he told PFW.
CB Chris Houston has agreed to a two-year contract with the Lions, filling a major area of need for the team.
There is some sentiment that if the Lions don't sign a top free-agent cornerback, the team will not be in dire straits thanks to what should be a strong pass rush.
Entering last season there was little question: Cornerback was, by far, the team's biggest need. Times have changed a bit.
The Lions' philosophy the past few seasons has been that they will take a chance on young, talented football players, and nowhere has that been more evident — and successful — than at cornerback.
The Lions traded a sixth-round pick in April’s draft for Falcons CB Chris Houston and signed former Rams CB Jonathan Wade.