The Green Bay Packers have completed their first 10 steps towards a perfect season, but on Thanksgiving Day, they could be facing their toughest test when they take on the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
NFL betting action will continue until the Turkey Day kickoff this Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET). Television coverage can be found on FOX Sports.
The Packers (10-0 SU, 7-3 ATS) just continue to pour it on offensively. They aren't quite on the pace of the 2007 New England Patriots, who scored 589 points in their 16 victories, but they are certainly getting there. Green Bay scored 33 or more points for the fourth straight game last week when it beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 35-26.
Green Bay ranks No. 4 in the game offensively at 406.5 YPG, and easily has the most points scored this year at 35.5 PPG.
At times, there is just no stopping this passing game. Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson are both on pace for 1,200-yard seasons receiving, and that doesn't even include the fact that Jermichael Finley, James Jones, Randall Cobb, Donald Driver and James Starks all have at least 200 receiving yards.
The truth of the matter is that this game isn't the end all, be all for the Lions (7-3 SU, 6-3-1 ATS). They aren't going to win the NFC North one way or the other, and regardless of how this game turns out, they are at least going to be tied for one of the Wild Card slots in the NFC.
However, the entire city of Detroit will probably tell you that this is the biggest sporting event it has seen in quite some time. There's no doubt that it is the biggest game that the Lions have played in decades, as it is a chance for them to prove that they really are one of the elite teams in the league.
This offense isn't exactly slouching either. The Lions are averaging 30.1 PPG, No. 3 in the NFL, and they have posted at least 45 points three times this year.
Matthew Stafford needs 157 passing yards to reach 3,000 for the season. He tossed five scores last week in a win against the Carolina Panthers, giving him 25 TDs against 10 INTs for the season.
His top target is Calvin Johnson, who has 59 receptions for 974 yards and 11 TDs on the campaign.
The running game got a big boost last week from Kevin Smith, who once was nearly a 1,000-yard rusher for Detroit before falling out of favor and eventually getting released. He toted the rock 16 times for 140 yards and two TDs against Carolina in his first meaningful action in basically three years, and he also had a touchdown as a receiver. With Jahvid Best still nursing a concussion and doubtful to play on Thanksgiving, Smith could be seeing a ton of work.
However, Green Bay's No. 12 ranked rush defense is a heck of a lot better than that of the No. 30 ranked Panthers, so Smith might find the sledding a lot tougher this week.
The Lions are 33-36-2 on Thanksgiving Day, while Green Bay is 13-18-2. Detroit hasn't won a game on Thanksgiving Day since a 2003 victory over none other than these Packers. Since that point, the team is 0-7 SU and ATS. The Packers beat the Lions in both 2007 and 2009 in recent history on Thanksgiving.
The first meeting of these two on Turkey Day was back in 1951. Since then, the Lions own a 11-7-1 SU advantage in this series when the two meet on the fourth Thursday of November.
The Packers opened up this week as six-point favorites, while the NFL betting lines feature a total of 55, easily the highest of all of the games this week.