Packers Take On Lions In Detroit

Over the final seven weeks of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers will play five NFC North rivals. That begins today when the Packers (6-3)  take on the Lions (4-5)  at Detroit’s Ford Field.  This is the first of two matchups the Packers have with the Lions over the next seven weeks.  Green Bay also has two games with Minnesota and a game at Chicago.  Head coach Mike McCarthy has three critical keys when playing divisional opponents…

The Packers will be without outside linebacker Clay Matthews today.  Matthews is out with the hamstring injury he suffered two weeks ago in a win over Arizona.  Erik Walden was asked if he can pick up the slack at outside linebacker…

The Packers will also have a reshuffeled offensive line.  Right tackle Bryan Bulaga was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Monday with a hip injury.  T.J. Lang will slide to right tackle, with Evan Dietrich-Smith taking Lang’s starting spot at left guard.  Dietrich-Smith said the Packers have no choice but to move on without Bulaga…

Lang has made three starts at offensive tackle in his career, while Dietrich-Smith has started three games at guard.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is confident that both can get the job done…

Green Bay beat Detroit last year at Ford Field, 27-15, but that win was overshadowed by Ndamukong Suh stomping on Dietrich-Smith.  That play and others have given the Lions a reputation as being a “chippy” or “dirty” team.  Defensive end Ryan Pickett said that the Packers can not get caught up in the Lions antics…

Kickoff of today’s game between the Packers and Lions is at Noon.

The Packers and Lions first played in 1930 and they have played every year since 1932.

The Packers are 93-65-7 all-time versus the Lions.  That includes a mark of 37-40-3 at Detroit.  The Packers are 7-3 at Ford Field.

The Packers have won 20 of the last 23 games against the Lions.

As the Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy has a record of 11-1 against the Lions, including a mark of 5-1 at Ford Field.

The Packers have an eight game winning steak against teams from the NFC North.

Injury Report:
Packers: OUT – WR Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen), DB Charles Woodson (collarbone), LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), TE Andrew Quarless (knee).  QUESTIONABLE – CB Sam Shields (ankle), LB Terrell Manning (shoulder).  PROBABLE – WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring/foot), WR Donald Driver (thumb), FB John Kuhn (hamstring), RB Alex Green (knee), G/T T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist), DE Mike Neal (ankle), TE Ryan Taylor (chest), RB Johnny White (illness), TE D.J. Williams (hamstring), DE Jerel Worthy (concussion).

Lions: OUT – S Amari Spievey (concussion), DT Corey Williams (knee).  DOUBTFUL – S Louis Delmas (knee).  QUESTIONABLE – CB Chris Houston (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle).  PROBABLE – DE Cliff Avril (back/concussion), S Erik Coleman (toe), K Jason Hanson (left foot), LB Ashlee Palmer (chest), WR Titus Young (knee).

Other NFC North Games:
Chicago at San Francisco (7:30 PM Monday)

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