In a Week Nine NFC North matchup, the Green Bay Packers (3-5) and Detroit Lions (1-6) square off at Ford Field on Sunday at 1 pm ET. Neither team has played particularly well up to this point, with the Green Bay Packers losing four straight contests, while the Detroit Lions have lost five straight.
Green Bay needs to immediately get its season back on track because the team’s chances of making the playoffs are dwindling. Similarly, Detroit is in must-win mode if they want any type of chance at making the playoffs. Can the Packers finally snap their losing streak against the Lions? Can Detroit take down the Packers at home? Let’s take a look at how these two teams compare before Sunday’s game to see if anyone can overtake the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. Without further ado, let’s jump right into action so you can get ready to bet against the NFL Odds.
NFL Week 9 Betting Preview for Green Bay Packers at Detroit
Green Bay Packers Betting Preview: What is going on in Green Bay?
What has happened to the Green Bay Packers? The Packers fell to the Buffalo Bills 27-17 on Sunday, losing their fourth straight game. The Packers have not lost four straight games since 2016, while this season has gotten off to their worst start since 2006, when they started 3-5.
A big problem for this Green Bay Packers team has been the offense. To put it simply, the Packers lack weapons at wide receiver and tight end, making things incredibly difficult on Aaron Rodgers. While the run game has been solid, they put way too much pressure on Aaron Jones, AJ Dillion, and the offensive line. Overall, the Packers rank toward the bottom of the league with just 18.1 points per game.
The defense has been the saving grace for this team. Green Bay ranks eighth in total defense while surrendering 21.6 points per game. The Packers’ defense improved in the second half, picking off Josh Allen twice after being completely destroyed by the Bills and Allen in the first half. They will need to improve their overall ability if they want a shot at Detroit on the road.
Detroit Lions Betting Preview: Lions Drop Fifth Straight Game
In Sunday’s 31-27 loss to the Dolphins, the Detroit Lions defense recorded two sacks and a fumble recovery while surrendering 31 points to Miami. The Dolphins did whatever they wanted to the Detroit defense, as the Lions conceded 476 yards. With that being said, this loss marked the Lions fifth in a row, and they are now in must-win territory.
Despite having the worst record in the NFL (1-6), the Lions appear to have a good chance of defeating the Packers on Sunday. The Lions’ passing offense this season is ninth in the league, with Jared Goff averaging 249.5 yards per game. Detroit is also a solid running team, as they rank seventh this year with 145.7 yards per game on the ground.
Their biggest issue has been their defense, where they ranks dead last, surrendering 32.3 points per contest. The Lions must improve quickly if they want to stay in the division and playoff races.
Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions Betting Lines & Odds
The Packers are the odds-on favorite in this game, according to Mybookie, with the spread set at 3.5 points (-110). In terms of the moneyline, the Packers are given odds of -175 to win as the road favorites, while the Lions are given odds of +150 to win as the home underdog. Finally, the game’s over/under has been listed at 50 points.
Free Betting Pick
Although the Packers have recently controlled this NFC North rivalry, it doesn’t seem to be as clear-cut this time around. Both teams have under .500 records and haven’t had very strong seasons so far. This weekend, there must be a winner because the two have collectively lost their last nine games.
Even if the Lions have shown they are talented enough to compete, they still need to be able to outlast their opponents. With RB D’Andre Swift and WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, they have excellent offensive weapons, but their defense has been terrible. This is a perfect spot for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to bounce back and grab a victory,
NFL Betting Pick: Packers -3.5 (-110)