The Detroit Lions, offshore betting favorites versus the Green Bay Packers, have lost three games in a row (SU and ATS), and already there is a hack urging Detroit fans to give up on the Lions just like he gave up on the Dodgers, which is so wrong in so many levels. First of all, you write for the Detroit Free Press but root for the Dodgers and not the Tigers? Second, the fact that you’re a quitter doesn’t mean your readers, if you have any, must be too. Detroit is arguably the most resilient city in the Western hemisphere. Lead in the water didn’t break them and neither will “59 years of misery and futility,” as you put it. Did Robocop quit? Did 8 Mile quit? No, and you know why? Because Detroiters ain’t quitters.
- Date: Monday, 6th November
- Time: 8:35 PM
- Venue: Lambeau Field
- Sportsbook odds:
Lions -2½ (-108) 43½ (-107) -138
Packers +2½ (-112) 43½ (-113) +118
I’d be Lion if I said I’m not worried
Monday Night Football provides the Lions with a great opportunity to defeat the Packers, which would be only their second win at Lambeau Field since 1991 and first since 2015. That’s right; Detroit has gone 1-25 SU in the last 26 trips to Green Bay. In the Lions’ defense, either Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers started under center in most of those 26 games, with at least one exception being the last game of the 2011 season, in which Matt Flynn, starting instead of Rodgers, whom the Packers, having already clinched the top seed in the NFC, decided to rest, threw for 480 yards passing and six touchdowns, Flynn did, in a 45-41 Green Bay win. That’s why you better believe Detroit is not sleeping on Brett Hundley, who will make his second start in place of the injured Rodgers. Still, the Lions have a good chance of covering the offshore betting spread as well, something which they have done just three times in their last 17 games at night.
Hundley went 2-for-25 for 87 yards against the Saints the week before last; he also threw his fourth pick of the season after being intercepted thrice by the Vikings when he took over for Rodgers. The Green and Gold lost and failed to cover in both games. Hundley’s 25 attempts in a full game were almost 10 fewer than when he came off the bench, but then he was, on the latter occasions, attempting to rally the Packers. Thus the Lions expect Green Bay to rely on the ground attack. “When you get a younger quarterback who hasn’t been doing it long, sometimes you lean on your running game and defense,” Detroit safety Glover Quin said. “[Rookie running back Aaron] Jones is running the ball extremely well. You’ve got to think they’re going to try and run the ball to get going so the pressure is not on Hundley to win the game for them.” The Packers are 6-1 SU in their last seven games against divisional foes and 7-1 SU and 6-2 against-the- offshore betting-spread in their last eight at home, but unless Hundley improved a lot during their bye, the Packs are at a clear disadvantage.
"He's been real steady"
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 3, 2017