The Green Bay Packers (8-4) will try and win their eleventh straight against the NFC North when they host the Detroit Lions (4-8) tonight. The Packers are looking to extend another winning streak as well. Including a playoff game, they have beaten the Lions 21 straight times in the state of Wisconsin (18 times at Lambeau Field and 3 times at Milwaukee County Stadium). In fact, Green Bay has won 21 of their last 24 against the Detroit. Receiver Donald Driver isn’t sure why the Packers have had success against the Lions…
Back on November 18th, the Packers beat the Lions at Ford Field, 24-20. Even with all the numbers previously listed, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are not taking the Lions lightly…
The “P” word that Rodgers was referring to is playoffs. Head coach Mike McCarthy thinks tonight’s game is important in regards to the Packers push for the postseason…
The Packers offense will have a familiar name back in the mix. The team signed Ryan Grant earlier this week to help the banged up running back corp. Grant, who has the fifth most rushing yards in Green Bay history, was not signed by the Packers after becoming a free agent this past off-season. Grant turns 30 today and was asked if he ever envisioned celebrating his birthday playing for the Packers…
Kickoff of tonight’s game between the Packers and Lions at Lambeau Field is set for 7:20. Weather could be a factor as snow is in the forecast from the National Weather Service.
Including the postseason, the Packers have a record of 94-65-7 against the Lions.
Under head coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have won 12 of 13 against the Lions.
The Packers have won six of their last eight on Sunday night. They are 19-6 all-time in Sunday night contests for an NFL-best winning percentage of .760.
Packers: OUT – LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), DB Charles Woodson (collarbone), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), RB James Starks (knee), DE C.J. Wilson (knee). DOUBTFUL – DE Mike Neal (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE – G/T T.J. Lang (ankle), LB Terrell Manning (shoulder). PROBABLE – WR Donald Driver (thumb), C Jeff Saturday (foot), CB Sam Shields (ankle).
Lions: QUESTIONABLE – T Jeff Backus (hamstring), S Louis Delmas (knee), DT Nick Fairley (quadricep), CB Chris Houston (ankle), CB Jacob Lacey (foot/achilles), DT Corey Williams (knee). PROBABLE – T Gosder Cherilus (knees), DE Lawrence Jackson (concussion), WR Kassim Osgood (finger), LB Ashlee Palmer (thumb). N/A – Kyle Vanden Bosch (not injury related).
Elsewhere in the NFC North:
Chicago (8-4) at Minnesota (6-6) (12 PM)