Detroit Lions (8-7) vs Green Bay Packers (7-8)
NFL: Sunday, December 31st, 1:00 PM @Ford Field
Line: Detroit Lions -7.5; Over/Under: 42.5
Free NFL Pick Lions vs Packers
The Detroit Lions were eliminated from playoff contention last week to the Cincinnati Bengals of all teams. However, they still have the chance to have back to back winning seasons since 1999-2000. Overall on the season, quarterback Matthew Stafford has completed 65.5% of his 536 pass attempts for 4,123 yards, 26 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. The ground game wasn’t that great for Detroit this season, with Ameer Abdullah leading the team in rushes (157), yards (534), and tied with Theo Riddick for the most TD’s (3). As a team, they haven’t amassed ten touchdowns on the ground heading into the final game of the season. Although Golden Tate was the go-to wide receiver for Stafford this year with 85 receptions, Marvin Jones was the leader in receiving yards and TD’s with 1,020 yards and eight touchdown receptions. Tahir Whitehead was the only member on the defense with a combined 103 tackles while Glover Quinn forced three fumbles. Darius Slay had seven interceptions on the season for the Lions which led the team.
Unfortunately for the Packers, this season had high expectations and ultimately crashed when Aaron Rodgers was injured early in the season. QB Brett Hundley assumes command of the offense from then on, and managed to complete 61% of his passes for 1,664 yards for 8 touchdowns and ten interceptions. While Jamaal Williams led the way with 131 rushes, Aaron Jones nearly matched Williams in total yards and tied with him in TD’s with four. Davante Adams was the key wide receiver for Green Bay this season since Hundley and Jordy Nelson never really got it going. Blake Martinez had a team-leading 138 total tackles and a sack while Clay Matthews has seven sacks.
Free Lions vs Packers Prediction
The Detroit Lions will be looking to avenge their dissapointing loss to the Bengals last week and to finish their season above .500 with a win on Sunday. Although this match-up has no playoff implications, this will still be an entertaining contest between two NFC North opponents. With Aaron Rodgers out, expect the Lions to slip away in the late stages of the game.