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Packers vs Lions: Previews & Predictions

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  1. TOPHAT

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    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=700277

    Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions Line: Packers by 3.

    MATCHUPS

    QUARTERBACKS: Green Bay's Brett Favre has had arguably the best season of his 17-year career. When the most valuable player voting is done later this month, Favre is likely to finish second behind New England's Tom Brady. Detroit's Jon Kitna has taken a beating and been sacked more than any quarterback in the NFL this year. But Kitna is courageous and extremely accurate when given time. At 36 years old, Kitna - like Favre - continues to play at a high level. ADVANTAGE: Packers

    RUNNING BACKS: Green Bay's Ryan Grant was lodged deep on the bench for nearly half of the season. Amazingly, Grant is a Pro Bowl alternate today. Detroit's Kevin Jones is a respectable back, but the Lions run the ball fewer than any team in the NFL. ADVANTAGE: Packers

    WIDE RECEIVERS: Green Bay's Donald Driver is headed to his second straight Pro Bowl and third overall, while Greg Jennings was named an alternate. Detroit placed No. 1 wideout Roy Williams on injured reserve after he suffered a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Dec. 2 against Minnesota. Rookie Calvin Johnson, the No. 2 overall pick in last April's draft, has been inconsistent. ADVANTAGE: Packers

    OFFENSIVE LINE: Green Bay hopes its days of experimenting at guard are over, and that Jason Spitz and Junius Coston continue to run with the opportunities presented them. Detroit leads the league in sacks allowed and continues to rank in the bottom three in rushing offense. ADVANTAGE: Packers

    DEFENSIVE LINE: The Packers are having all sorts of issues at defensive tackle, where Johnny Jolly (shoulder) and Colin Cole (arm) are on injured reserve and Ryan Pickett (groin) and Justin Harrell (thumb) have been dinged. Detroit has one of the game's dominant inside players in Shaun Rogers, a two-time Pro Bowler. But as the Packers found out on Thanksgiving, Rogers doesn't always play hard and is invisible for long stretches. Detroit's best lineman all season has been end Dewayne White. ADVANTAGE: Packers

    LINEBACKERS: Green Bay's Nick Barnett had every right to feel snubbed by the Pro Bowl voters. But Detroit's Ernie Sims must have felt just as neglected. Despite being tiny for the position, Sims (5-11, 225) packs quite a punch and runs like the wind. Boss Bailey has never developed as hoped, while ex-Packer Paris Lenon is simply adequate in the middle. ADVANTAGE: Packers

    SECONDARY: The Packers have gotten better play from their safeties in recent weeks. Now, they need cornerback Al Harris to step up his game. Prior to the Chicago game, Harris had given up touchdowns in three straight contests. Travis Fisher and Fernando Bryant should be reserves. Rookie safety Gerald Alexander probably has the most potential in the Lions' secondary. ADVANTAGE: Packers

    SPECIAL TEAMS: Detroit kicker Jason Hanson is an all-time great and remains among the game's elite at his craft. Green Bay has improved in almost every facet of this category in the past 12 months. The Packers' coverage units are outstanding, the return game is strong and the specialists have been better than average. ADVANTAGE: Packers

    COACHING: When coach of the year votes are cast, Green Bay's Mike McCarthy and New England's Bill Belichick figure to finish 1-2 in the voting. For McCarthy, it's been a shocking rise to be mentioned with the game's elite coaches. Detroit's Rod Marinelli appeared to have the Lions headed in the right direction at mid-season. But a second half swoon might force Marinelli to shake up his staff this off-season. ADVANTAGE: Packers
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    NOTE: LAUGHABLE LIONS PREVIEW :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

    http://www.mlive.com/lions/index.ssf/2007/12/scouting_report_green_bay_pack.html

    Scouting report: Green Bay Packers Three keys to the Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers matchup Sunday at Lambeau Field:

    1. Brett Favre -- Even if the future Hall of Fame quarterback is pulled after the first quarter, chances are he'll do some damage against the Lions. He lit it up at Ford Field after a sluggish start. No problem defeating the Lions 37-26 in their first meeting on Turkey Day. And keep in mind the Lions have never defeated Favre at Lambeau Field. It might be their best chance in a long time since Favre should be restricted to part-time duty, but the Lions also haven't won in their last 15 trips there -- second-longest active streak in the NFL. (Note: The Lions' 18 consecutive losses in Washington ranks No. 1 on that dreaded list.) The last win by the Lions in the state of Wisconsin was a 21-17 victory at Lambeau in 1991.

    2. Greg Jennings -- The former Kalamazoo Central High School and Western Michigan University star needs just 80 more yards receiving to achieve his first 1,000-yard season. So expect Favre to test the Lions' suspect secondary with a couple of deep shots in the first quarter. Jennings, a budding NFL star, already has caught 12 touchdown passes this season -- most by a Packers receiver since Javon Walker had 12 in 2004. It's a big season for Jennings even though he missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury.

    3. Cold weather -- The frozen tundra is a big advantage for the Packers, who're celebrating their 50th anniversary of famed Lambeau Field this season. In games where the temperature has been 34 degrees or less, a Favre-led Packers team is 41-5 all-time at home. The Lions are a dome team, which might pose problems right from the start. Until the Lions get warmed up, Favre could get off to a hot start.

    Bottom line -- The Packers are locked into the No. 2 seed in the NFC and have nothing to gain from going all out against the Lions. For Detroit, coach Marinelli gets a chance to see who still wants to be part of the rebuilding plan for next season. :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
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    http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/NFL+Zone/Games/2007/2.17+-+Detroit+at+Green+Bay.htm?tab=preview

    Detroit at Green Bay

    Overview: The Packers have clinched a home-field playoff game despite their stunning 35-7 loss to the Bears. The Lions ended a six-game losing streak, but they will look to end an even longer skid in this game. They haven’t beaten the Packers in Green Bay since 1991.

    When the Lions have the ball: Coordinator Mike Martz favored a power-running game against the Chiefs once RB Kevin Jones (right knee) got hurt, and Martz might employ similar elements against the Packers, just as they did early in the first matchup before getting impatient. The Bears ran the ball 45 times for 139 yards, consistently attacking the middle of Green Bay’s D-line. The Lions were conservative, with a nearly two-to-one run-pass ratio. QB Jon Kitna’s 16 attempts, in fact, were the fewest in his Lions career. The Lions have not pass-blocked well, and since WR Roy Williams (knee) went down, so has the big-play factor in the passing game.

    When the Packers have the ball: The Lions are very vulnerable to the pass, just as they were on Thanksgiving when Brett Favre completed 31-of-41 passes for 381 yards and three TDs. WR Greg Jennings scored two TDs in that game, but the Lions especially had no answer for Donald Driver (10-147). The Lions’ pass rush has sagged recently, and the secondary looks like a beaten group. Witness the 305-yard performance Chiefs backup QB Damon Huard produced last week. The only chance the Lions have to slow down Favre is to hope he’s as inaccurate as he was last week, when he was intercepted twice.

    Matchup to watch: Packers DE Aaron Kampman had two sacks against Lions ORTs Jonathan Scott and Blaine Saipaia in the last meeting, but it’s Damien Woody handling the snaps over there now.
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    http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/nflpreview?gameId=271230009

    Scouts Inc.: The Packers are coming off a tough loss to the Bears that cost Green Bay a chance at home field throughout the NFC playoffs, while the Lions snapped a six-game skid with last week's win over Kansas City. The Packers were embarrassed in Chicago and are looking to get back on track but really don't have anything to play for as they have already locked up the second seed in the NFC.

    The Lions are playing for pride and looking to build on momentum heading into the 2008 season. Earlier in the season this looked like a matchup with significant implications for the postseason but it has turned into a feisty battle for divisional pride.

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  2. IronMan

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    Packers 30
    Lions 14
     
  3. cheesey

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    Wow........after last week, I'm hard pressed to predict. Being the last regular season home game, and after what happened last week, i think the team will win. So......I'll say
    Packers 17
    Lions 14
     
  4. Zombieslayer

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    Weird thing is we're only favored by 3 points. Given that home teams get a -3, that means we're really a toss up had this been at a neutral field.

    It appears the oddsmakers think we have nothing to play for. I'm betting MM believes me need momentum, and the -3 should easily be covered.
     
  5. TOPHAT

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    Sports Exchange Preview: Outstanding!

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    Packers-Lions: Game plans, key matchups: Grant will have to get past Sims to reach 1,000; Kampman to face Woody.

    GREEN BAY PACKERS

    GAME PLAN: Mike McCarthy plans to keep things status quo at the outset, but some of Green Bay's starters probably won't play much [beyond first half] in the meaningless regular-season curtain dropper. What the Packers want to accomplish heading into a one-week break before their first postseason game is get back to controlling things up front on both sides of the ball after they were overpowered by Chicago across the board in the last game. The defense has been sack-less in three of the last four games, but facing a Lions offense without top weapons Roy Williams and Kevin Jones could provide a welcome tonic.

    QB Jon Kitna has been sacked a league-high 51 times, including four by the Packers on Thanksgiving Day. If Brett Favre winds up being a spectator for most of the game, a heavy dose of Ryan Grant's running the football should surface. How Green Bay's unsettled interior of the offensive line handles defensive tackles Shaun Rogers and Cory Redding will be telling.

    MATCHUPS TO WATCH

    Packers RB Ryan Grant vs. Lions WLB Ernie Sims

    Grant needs 101 yards in the regular-season finale to reach the 1,000-yard plateau, which would be quite a feat considering he didn't become the featured back until Week 8. A big second half enabled Grant to get to 101 at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. He has rushed for 100 yards every other game the last nine weeks, so the trend indicates that he'll fall short Sunday. The Lions, though, have been hit-and-miss stopping the run. Sims has been their defensive playmaker, with 158 tackles, so it behooves Green Bay to get Grant running to the strong side.

    Packers punting unit vs. Lions punt-coverage unit

    Green Bay is coming off a forgettable game for punter Jon Ryan, who had two kicks blocked, shanked another and failed to get off a kick on a blustery day at Chicago. Poor protection contributed to Ryan's foibles. The winds should be calmer Sunday, but the Lions are a force with which to be reckoned in kicking situations. They lead the league with 21 blocked kicks since 2001, most recently a blocked punt by Casey FitzSimmons in Detroit's win over Kansas City on Sunday.

    DETROIT LIONS :lol: :lol:

    GAME PLAN: Run the ball and keep the defense off the field as much as possible. Even though the Packers will pull offensive stars like Brett Favre and Donald Driver at some point, they still have the ability to go four- and five-wide and expose the Lions' thin secondary. Running back T.J. Duckett has been itching for an opportunity, and now he has it with Kevin Jones sidelined by a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

    MATCHUPS TO WATCH

    Lions RT Damien Woody vs. Packers LDE Aaron Kampman

    Woody who has been impressive at his new position but Kampman has 12 sacks this season. The last time these teams played, Kampman dominated backup offensive lineman Blaine Saipaia, who was pressed into duty when Jonathan Scott suffered a hamstring injury. After the game, Woody took over at right tackle and stabilized the position. Woody left Sunday's game against Kansas City with a shoulder injury but is expected to play.

    Lions RB T.J. Duckett vs. Packers run defense

    Duckett had 15 carries for 105 yards and a touchdown Sunday against Kansas City. Green Bay enters the game ranked 16th against the run in the NFL. The last time these teams played, the Lions' game plan was to run the ball and keep Brett Favre off the field as much as possible. They ran the ball well, rushing for 134 yards. Even though that wasn't enough — they lost, 37-26 — they'll probably do the same thing again.


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    Listen to this hyped carp:.........The Patriots will be crowned on Saturday. The Meadowlands crowd will give them a standing ovation, just as Orange Bowl fans cheered Unitas. Fans of the old Dolphins should use this opportunity to celebrate the memory of a great team, not curse the youngsters who dared to match their accomplishments.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7602574 :lol: :lol: :lol:




    :USA: :eek:mg: :stpat: :eek:mg: :USA:
     
  6. dhpackr

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    Re: Sports Exchange Preview: Outstanding!

    I predict Favre & the fab five have a huge game v.s. lions.
    #4 has 4 TD & 400 yrds passing
    DD, GJ, JJ, K-Robb all score TD
     
  7. Zombieslayer

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    I would love more than anything for #4 to throw for 4 TDs. That would be another 30 TD season, so he'd pad that record. And come on, anyone who says records doesn't matter is full of it. I love records and I'm sure everyone who plays loves records. Records are another thing for a fan to brag about.
     
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    Fox View

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    Lions at Packers: Poor Brett Favre. He looked so cold standing out on Soldier Field on Sunday, shrouded in a tent-like parka. He shivered so badly while calling audibles that you could read his lips: "Watch the brrr, the brrr, the blitz!" Cold weather affects senior citizens more than young people, and you could almost see Favre trying to stoke the Franklin stove, crank the thermostat and reach for an extra sweater.

    It will be cold in Green Bay this week, but home always feels a few degrees warmer, and Favre should be able to snuggle up in that parka and let [Q Nall] do all the dirty work. The Packers lost their chance to host the NFC title game, but maybe that's not such a bad thing after watching Favre's teeth chatter. Snowbirds fly south in January, and the Packers are better suited to play on Dallas turf than Wisconsin tundra, even their own.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7609240?CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=5

    Lions, cold weather to test playoff-bound PackersAssociated

    Remember the Green Bay Packers of old, masters of the tundra-churning power sweep, champions of the Ice Bowl? Judging by last weekend, those days are long gone. Going into Sunday's regular-season finale against Detroit at Lambeau Field, the new-look Packers (12-3) still need to prove that their young players and precision passing offense won't fold when the weather turns cold. "We're the Green Bay Packers,"....

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    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/12/28/SPD5U5I3L.DTL

    Lions (7-8) at Packers (12-3)

    Week 16 became redemption for the disappointing Lions, while Green Bay lost its momentum with a 35-7 loss at Chicago. Packers coach Mike McCarthy needs to get his team's confidence back before the playoffs. Green Bay's aggressive defense doesn't get as much press as Brett Favre's offense but that will be the unit that wins this contest. PACKERS

    http://www.realfootball365.com/nfl/articles/20767.html

    Detroit Lions (7-8) at Green Bay Packers (12-3)

    Word is Lions offensive coordinator Mike Martz will be gone after this season. If it's true, Jon Kitna should lower his 2008 guarantee to six wins. Packers win at home, 33-20.
     
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    It would also give him 444 for his career. 8)
     
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    SCOUT: PICK

    http://gnb.scout.com/a.z?s=61&p=2&c=714608

    Detroit at Green Bay: Although the Packers have earned a first-round bye, my feeling is that they do not want to enter the postseason sporting a two-game losing streak. A non-losing season would give the Lions a psychological boost entering the offseason. Pick: Green Bay
     
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    http://www.denverpost.com/ci_7825752?source=rss

    Detroit at Green Bay

    11 a.m. Sunday, Packers by 4

    Last meeting: Packers won 37-26 at Detroit on Nov. 22.

    Packers TB Ryan Grant, a pickup at the trade deadline, could reach 1,000-yard mark. He's at 899. Great news for the two Lions fans out there: Lions won't lose out. They had lost six straight before beating hapless Chiefs last week. Packers 12-3 — 0-2 vs. Bears, 11-1 vs. everyone else. Brett Favre in W at Detroit: 381 passing yards, three TDs, no picks. Scary thought du jour: Lions tied for NFC lead with 34 takeaways, but are under .500. Prediction: Packers 31, Lions 21
     
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    http://[b]packergeek[/b]s.wordpress.com/2007/12/28/week-17-spread-picks/

    DET @ GB (-3.5) – The Packers will win this one because McCarthy is pissed off about the Bears loss. Anyone else ticked off at the emphasis so many announcers (especially Aikman) put on the “Green” in Green Bay? Drives me nuts.
     
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    TOPHAT, do you have injury updates? you know how much i love you and your injury updates. I truly appreciate your contributions.
     
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    I agree with this guy. MM is not going to enter the postseason with a two-game losing streak. Bad luck. The only players we'll be resting will be Gregorious and Woodson. Maybe more later when the lead is safe, but MM will play this game to win.
     
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    INTERESTING! BOTH INJURY UPDATE LISTINGS FANS! SOME PLAYERS WILL REST, BY DEFAULT, TO COMPLETELY RECOVER FOR PLAYOFFS:

    http://blogs.jsonline.com/packers/archive/2007/12/28/lions-week-2-friday-practice-report.aspx

    http://www.packersnews.com/includes/newspaper/blogs/insider/index.shtml

    Lions week 2: Friday practice report. Here is what's going on today:

    WR Greg Jennings (calf) and DT Ryan Pickett (groin) were limited in practice and are questionable for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. "How (Jennings) responds from this practice will determine his status for the game," coach Mike McCarthy said;
    Pickett was a little sore and they'll see how he is on Saturday as well;
    QB Aaron Rodgers (hamstring) was limited and CB Charles Woodson (toe) did not participate. Both are doubtful;
    McCarthy didn't shed any more light on how he playing time will be divided, other than to say, "Make no mistake, we're playing to win this game."

    NOTE: HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND GREAT NEW YEAR!


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    Defense will determine who wins this game. The Packers didn't play very good defense to start the game against the Lions, then the offense put them away and the D let them back in again. I'm not a big Bob Sanders fan because I think his defense lets down too often. They can look absolutely awesome and just awful in the same series. But I will say that if they are playing hard and if the linebackers can get off of blocks and stay home, they'll whip the lions. If they don't, this is going to be a close game.
     
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    Really? I really like our D and think with some kinks worked out, it will be a premier D in the near future.

    Our D bends, but doesn't break. Adjustments are made at half-time, and we've very often shut down or even shut out opponents in the 2nd half.

    We are not yet a premier D, but we're on our way there.
     
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    I think the defense has the potential to be outstanding. If you look at the first Detroit Game, both Bears Games, the first Viking Game, the Panther game, we saw a defense that did more then bend. They broke. I don't agree with the fact that they make the changes. If you look at Sunday's game, all he had to do was play 8 in the box, leave a safety back and take away the Slant and Orten can't beat you. We didn't make the change the entire game. That is what disappoints me.

    If you want to be a premeir team, your defense has to get off the field with some 3 and outs and we don't do that very often.
     
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    http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=262695

    Packers Keys For Success

    1. Establish the run. Detroit doesn't have a good defense, and the Packers shouldn't have any trouble putting points on the board. But they need to keep the high-powered Detroit offense on the sideline, because the Lions thrive in uptempo shootouts. Running back Ryan Grant can help Green Bay control the pace of this game. Green Bay also needs to be disciplined as it gears up for the postseason and ensure it has a balanced attack.

    2. Run press coverage. Even with Roy Williams (knee) out, the Lions have excellent receivers who can make plays when they get the ball in their hands. The Packers need Woodson and Harris to run press coverage on the outside to slow down the receivers off the line. The extra few seconds it will take for Detroit's wideouts to get a release will give Kampman and friends time to pressure on Kitna, who has a propensity for turning the ball over in the face of constant pressure. The Lions will be counting on Kitna to move the offense through the air, and the Packers will thwart that plan if they throw off Kitna's rhythm.

    3. Throw over the middle. The Lions will try to ground Green Bay's air attack by focusing their attention on stopping receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings out wide. In particular, Detroit will try to take away the quick slants as well as the deep routes toward the outside. The Packers should send Driver and Jennings up the sideline and make the safeties split the field, which will open up the middle. Favre then will look for tight end Donald Lee over the middle. Lee is a mismatch for Detroit's linebackers in coverage and will be effective on long second- and third-down situations.

    4. Cover downfield. The Packers have a solid, consistent defense that is capable of shutting down offenses. The Lions will use wide receivers Johnson and McDonald on deep routes to stretch Green Bay's defense, which has proved susceptible to big plays. Woodson and Harris are solid cover corners, but Detroit's big receivers will have the advantage going after jump balls. Kitna and the Lions must play to their strengths and let their receivers make big plays to put the team in a position to win.

    5. Get to Kitna. The Packers have an excellent pass rush off the edges with defensive ends Aaron Kampman and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, and the Lions have struggled mightily in pass protection. Offensive tackles Jeff Backus and Damien Woody need to get out of their stances and into their pass sets quickly. Detroit isn't much of a threat to run the ball, so the Packers' ends know they need to put pressure on Kitna. The Lions may keep in a tight end, as well as fullback, to shore up their protection. Detroit will use more screens and draws to try to offset the Packers' rush.

    6. Use quick passing game. Brett Favre and the Packers love to use quick throws to get the passing game going. The Lions have struggled on defense but need to be aggressive in coverage against the Packers. To limit the effectiveness of the quick slant, cornerbacks Travis Fisher and Fernando Bryant will try to prevent the receivers from getting a quick release off the line. Prediction: Packers 31 Lions 17.
     
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    The key is going to be getting 3 and outs. We have to keep their offense off the field. That means we have to create pressure on Kitna and we have to cover. The pressure will be on Busch and Blackman.
     
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    I JUST found out that I'm going to this game!! I'm very excited, I haven't been to lambeau in 5 yrs.
     
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    No they did not! Does this guy think Dallas has TWO byes?
     
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    http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/12/29/lions-at-packers-the-week-of-rest/#cont

    Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers preview.

    When the Lions have the ball: They'll surprise you by running the ball more than you'd expect. Mike Martz has already told T.J. Duckett to have an oxygen mask handy for the week since he'll be getting the ball plenty. In the cold conditions at Green Bay, passing the ball a ton won't be much of an option for the Lions who only attempted 16 passes last week. Perhaps it's a luxury to have a bruiser like Duckett available to carry the load.

    When the Packers have the ball: Who knows? They've already locked up the second spot in the NFC playoffs, so they're likely to rest many of their starters. Brett Favre will start to keep his streak alive, but he probably won't play most of the game. The same can likely be said for Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, and many of the regulars on offense. What they do remains a mystery to me, though I'll guess they run the ball for the most part.

    The Edge: The Packers are still favored in this one, but it's hard to say who gets the edge. Given the predicted weather conditions, I guess you have to give it to Green Bay since Detroit's bread and butter aerial attack will be taken away.

    Keep an eye on:

    Mike Martz: Will he stick to the gameplan of running the ball that he's publicized? Jon Kitna would probably like it so he doesn't have to worry about getting crushed standing back in the pocket with little protection. Furthermore, if the Lions can run the ball successfully, will that result in future changes in the way Martz calls plays?

    Mike McCarthy: How long will he leave his starters out there? The outcome of this game weighs heavily on the answer to this question. If McCarthy calls off the dogs early, the Lions will be in it. If he lets his starters play more than a half, the Packers should win.
     

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