Date: Sunday, December 12, 2010
1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Type Of Turf: Artificial
Meeting Of The Year: Second
Green Bay 28
Detroit (+14.5) 26
Green Bay 8-4-0
Season Record Vs. Spread:
Green Bay 7-5-0
Green Bay (R) 3-3-0
Detroit (H) 2-4-0
Home/Road Record Vs. Spread:
Green Bay (R) 3-3-0
Detroit (H) 5-1-0
Record On Artificial Turf:
Green Bay 2-1-0
Record On Artificial Turf Vs. Spread:
Green Bay 2-1-0
Packers-Lions PreviewBy MATT BECKER
STATS Senior Writer
2010-12-08 13:56:21 -
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy doesn't want to discuss possible playoff scenarios until his team reaches the 10-win mark.
A game against the Detroit Lions should help the Packers move closer to that goal.
Green Bay looks to win a franchise-record 11th straight over the Lions on Sunday at Ford Field.
The Packers (8-4) are one-game back of North-leading Chicago, but find themselves trailing New Orleans and the New York Giants in the NFC wild-card standings. The Giants own the tiebreaker over the Packers because of a better conference record, which makes every remaining NFC game critical for Green Bay.
Although the Packers are in the thick of the playoff picture, McCarthy would like to see his team win 10 games first.
"Like Mike likes to say, we really can't think about the postseason until you win 10," Aaron Rodgers said. "So the immediate goal is going to Detroit and getting a win."
Beating the Lions (2-10), losers of an NFL-record 19 straight within the division, hasn't been much of a problem for Green Bay lately.
The Packers have won 10 straight over the Lions since a 17-3 loss in Detroit on Sept. 11, 2005, and 18 of the last 20 meetings. Green Bay also had a 10-game winning streak in the series from 1940-45, but has never won 11 in a row in the series.
Rodgers has appeared in five games against Detroit, completing 70.4 percent of his passes for 1,523 yards with 14 touchdowns to three interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 121.0 in those games, with the Packers averaging 33.4 points.
In the first meeting of the season at Lambeau Field on Oct. 3, Green Bay led the Lions 28-14 in the third quarter, but had a tough time putting them away. Detroit finished the scoring with four Jason Hanson field goals and the Packers held on for a 28-26 victory.
Although that wasn't a thoroughly dominating performance by McCarthy's team, that game took place during a stretch for Green Bay when it was struggling to find its rhythm.
The Packers went 1-3 in that span, but are since playing much better football, winning five of six. They've outscored opponents by an average of 19.4 points in those five victories with their lone loss coming by three points at NFC South-leading Atlanta.
"We're getting better, and that will really be the message as we get moving forward here to Detroit,'' McCarthy said a day after last Sunday's 34-16 win over San Francisco. "We need to make sure that our house is clean and we are improving on the little things that came out of this last game.''
Rodgers is coming off another stellar performance, completing 21 of 30 for 298 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. He hasn't thrown an interception in the last five games, and is averaging 308.0 yards with 11 touchdowns and a 131.3 QB rating in his last four.
He'll be facing a Detroit defense that hasn't picked off a pass in five games and has yielded eight throwing TDs in the last three.
Green Bay's defense will be without standout defensive end Cullen Jenkins after he strained his calf against the 49ers. Jenkins, who had three sacks in his last two games, becomes yet another starter sidelined by injury for the Packers, who have 13 players on injured reserve.
Detroit has also been hit hard by injuries, and third-string quarterback Drew Stanton is set to start a second straight game and for just the third time since his 2007 rookie season.
Stanton played relatively well Sunday against Chicago, completing 16 of 24 for 178 yards with a TD and running score that gave Detroit its first of four leads. The Lions were ahead 17-14 at halftime but gained just 49 yards in the second half and went on to lose 24-20. Detroit has now lost six games by five or fewer points.
"We need to do a better job of finishing games,'' Lions coach Jim Schwartz said.
Stanton and the offense could again have some trouble moving the ball against a Green Bay defense that has allowed an NFL-best 180.5 passing yards in four games since Week 9. The Packers also lead in the league in scoring defense at 15.2 points.
Although Green Bay's pass defense is playing well, Detroit star receiver Calvin Johnson, the NFC leader with 12 touchdown receptions, has had several big games in the series.
Johnson caught two TD passes in the first meeting, and has 23 receptions for 327 yards with seven touchdowns in his last four games against the Packers.
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