5 things Lions must do to beat Packers
Here are five things the Lions (10-5) must do to beat the Packers (14-1) at Green Bay at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
1. Play like they mean it. After all the talk this week, expect to see the Lions go at full-tilt trying to get first win at Green Bay since 1991. Yes, they’re in playoffs, but first they have another task at hand.
2. If it’s really windy the Lions have to depend on their running game along with short passes and maybe a reverse here and there. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is usually pretty good at mixing it up, there’s no reason to think he won’t do the same on Sunday.
3. Matthew Stafford has been on a roll with nine touchdown passes and zero interceptions in the last three games, all of them wins. He’s never played at Lambeau (he’s been injured the previous two years) so you’ve got to think he might want to show Packer fans what he’s made of.
4. No matter if it’s Aaron Rodgers in at quarterback or backup Matt Flynn the defensive line has to step up and put pressure on them. The secondary will be playing without Louis Delmas yet again. They need help up front from the line.
5. Special teams must play well. The wind and cold can cause issues at Lambeau. The forecast is for 32 which should help Jason Hanson unless it's violently windy.
Prediction: Lions 28, Packers 21.
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