Two of Detroit’s top players are questionable as quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson didn’t practice on Thursday. Football odds at the sports book have the Packers as almost two-touchdown favorites against the Lions.
NFL betting lines have seen the Lions be a lot more competitive this season with Stafford at quarterback. He led them to their only win this season as they defeated the Washington Redskins. He has also given the franchise renewed hope and made them a threat vs. the football odds at the sportsbook. If he doesn’t play then it would be backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper getting the start in this NFL betting lines matchup. Although Culpepper played well last week in the NFL betting lines game against Pittsburgh, Stafford seems to bring more excitement and more talent at quarterback.
Stafford was hurt in the loss to the Chicago Bears earlier this month and didn’t play last week in the NFL betting lines game against Pittsburgh. Culpepper threw for 282 yards with one touchdown with one interception in the 28-20 loss. Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz has not announced whether or not Stafford will start this football odds week. Johnson has not practiced this week either and his loss would be another blow to the Lions in NFL betting lines as he is always a threat to impact the sportsbook results.
Detroit and Green Bay have met a lot in NFL betting lines. The series goes all the way back to the 1930 season. Green Bay has the 86-64-7 regular season edge. Green Bay has won seven straight in the NFL betting lines series and nine of the last 10. The last time the Lions defeated the Packers was back in Week one of the 2005 NFL betting lines season. Detroit has not won at Green Bay since the 1991 football odds season. If you include the playoffs, the Lions have lost 15 straight at Lambeau Field, and 18 straight road games in the football odds series.
It will be important as you wager on NFL betting lines this week to check the status of Stafford and Johnson heading up to game time. The Lions could be worth a shot in NFL betting lines if both players are healthy.