Packers, Lions Battle In NFL Sunday Night Football Game
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
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Date: 12/09/2012 at 8:20 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Packers -6½, O/U 52½
Detroit Lions: Four consecutive losses, including the last three at home, have the Lions (4-8 straight-up, 4-7-1 against the spread) in freefall as they head to face their division rivals in Green Bay. Detroit's latest defeat came to Indianapolis as Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck tossed two touchdown passes in the final few minutes for a dramatic 35-33 triumph. Luck finished the game with four scoring strikes to offset three picks, and the Colts amassed 372 yards through the air, the second most allowed by the Lions this season. Detroit was favored by a touchdown in the contest, and the 68 combined points sailed well past the total, leaving the Lions 9-3 "over" for the year. One of the defeats during this four-game slide came to the Packers on Nov. 18, a 24-20 decision at Ford Field where the Lions were getting three points. It was Green Bay's third straight win in the series, with all three also ending with Packer backers enjoying a payday.
Green Bay Packers: Coach Mike McCarthy and the Pack (8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS) rebounded from their road loss to the Giants in Week 12 with a 23-14 home victory over Minnesota last week. Green Bay scored 13 unanswered points in the second half and easily won the time of possession battle with a 17-minute advantage on the clock, thanks in large part to an 11-minute drive in the fourth quarter. It was the Packers' sixth win in the last seven games, with them going 5-2 ATS during that span, and kept them perfect at 3-0 vs. NFC North foes. Bettors will want to keep an eye on the injury report that finds linebacker Clay Matthews questionable and wide receiver Jordy Nelson doubtful for Sunday due to hamstring injuries (click to check updated NFL injury report). Green Bay has won the last 21 home games vs. Detroit, including a victory in the 1994 NFC Wild Card playoffs, and the Packers are 14-5-2 ATS in those contests. Four of the last five meetings at Lambeau Field have finished above the total.