This will be the first road game for new Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. On the surface it might look like an easy game but the Packers have struggled at Detroit throughout the years going 9-11 straight up and 7-13 versus the football betting number.
NFL betting information shows that the game could be high scoring as three of the last four meetings at Detroit have gone over the football betting total. 12 of the last 20 games between the two teams at Detroit have gone over the NFL betting total. Detroit looks to have an improved offense this season with receiver Calvin Johnson poised for a huge season according to NFL betting experts. Last year he had 48 catches and 756 yards as a rookie according to NFL betting stats but all indications are he is looking at Pro Bowl type season in 2008. Last season the Lions started 6-2 but collapsed down the stretch going 1-7 according to NFL betting numbers. Detroit is looking to run the ball more this season since offensive coordinator Mike Martz is now in San Francisco and third round draft choice Kevin Smith may get a lot of carries according to NFL betting experts.
The story in Green Bay is all about quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers were great a year ago but many NFL betting experts believe that losing quarterback Brett Favre is too much to overcome. Running back Ryan Grant will have to carry the load on offense. Rodgers does have talented receivers in Greg Jennings and Donald Driver.
Green Bay really needs a win here as the next five games include matchups against the Cowboys, Colts and road games at Tampa Bay and Seattle according to NFL betting information. In the last three seasons the Packers are 5-4 on the road in divisional games according to NFL betting stats. After playing on Monday night the Packers are 2-4 against the football betting number the past three years. 10 of Green Bay’s last 18 games in the division have gone under the football betting total.
Detroit is 3-5-1 at home in divisional games over the last three years according to NFL betting stats. Eleven of the last 18 divisional games for the Lions have gone over the football betting number.
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