Thursday Football Betting Preview – Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 12/3
For a while, it looked like the Green Bay Packers might skate to the NFC North championship, but they have hit some roadblocks; specifically, four losses in their last five games. Clearly something is wrong with this picture, and the Detroit Lions, who happen to be surging right now, hope to exploit that when these teams meet up on Thursday night at Ford Field.
For a while, it looked like the Green Bay Packers might skate to the NFC North championship, but they have hit some roadblocks; specifically, four losses in their last five games. Clearly something is wrong with this picture, and the Detroit Lions, who happen to be surging right now, hope to exploit that when these teams meet up on Thursday night at Ford Field. The starting time is 8:25 PM ET, and BetAnySports customers have the opportunity, even after the opening kickoff, to continue wagering, as they challenge the real-time football betting odds through the magic of Live Betting Extra.
Things looked very combustible around the Lions’ situation, as they had already fired their offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, then went to London and took it on the chin by a 45-10 count against the Kansas City Chiefs. After that, executives, including the team president, were also fired. Was Jim Caldwell next? Well, something must have gotten straightened out during the bye week, as the Lions came out roaring. What has followed is a winning streak of three games, including a resounding 45-14 Thanksgiving day victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. But perhaps most significantly though, Detroit went to Lambeau Field and came out with an 18-16 win, which now sets them up for their first series sweep over the Packers since 1991, when Lindy Infante was the coaching in Green Bay.
In the reduced juice football betting odds that have been posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Green Bay is laying points on the road:
The defense is what is working best in the Motor City right now; the Lions have allowed 16, 13 and 14 points over their last three games. And there were solutions to be found on the offensive side last time out, as Matthew Stafford threw five touchdown passes against the beleaguered Eagles. Detroit also topped the 100-yard mark on the ground for the second time in three games, and it doesn’t get much more encouraging than that.
The Packers have been losing through some offensive inconsistency. We imagine it is somewhat excusable to score only 10 points against the Denver Broncos, but this bad run is rather telling. BetAnySports patrons saw them really flat in the Mile High city, and then they got way behind against Carolina. Losing to Detroit at home for the first time in 24 years is also not a good barometer. Nor was a defeat suffered at the hands of the Chicago Bears, who the Packers had dominated at Lambeau. So what are we to think of this team right now?
Well, we know that Aaron Rodgers has thrown only four interceptions this season, and that matches the total the Lions’ secondary has been able to snag. And we also know that while Detroit has held its opponents to just 2.6 yards per carry over the last three games, Eddie Lacy is back, relatively healthy, and has had 205 yards in the last two contests. Just when it looked like Green Bay was reeling a couple of weeks ago, they went up to Minnesota and manhandled the Vikings 30-13. So it may not be the most judicious thing in the world to jump to any conclusions at the moment.
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