Five things the Lions (4-8) must do to beat the Packers (8-4) at Lambeau Field at 8:30 on Sunday night.
1. Play defense until the clock runs out. The Lions defense appears to get a little lax when they have the lead late in the game. The last three games Lions have the lead with two minutes left and still lost. Intensity is not a question early in games, but it seems to trail off.
2. Get Calvin Johnson the ball. He’ll likely be double- and triple-teamed per usual, but he’s the best hope among the depleted receiving corps. He needs to average just 105 receiving yards in the final four games to tie the single season receiving yards record set by Jerry Rice in 1995. Will be interesting to see how often Kris Durham and Brian Robiskie are targeted.
3. Get pressure on quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The defensive line has played well —especially early — they can’t let up. Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh have played extremely well recently. When the Lions lost to the Packers on Nov. 19, Fairley sacked Rodgers twice and Cliff Avril got to him once.
4. Run the ball when possible. Even though the Lions’ offense is heavily weighted toward the pass, Mikel Leshoure ran for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Packers in their last meeting. Joique Bell ran for 81 yards last week in the loss to the Colts.
5. Don’t think about the streak of 20 straight losses in Wisconsin — three of those losses came in Milwaukee. The only Lion who has lived through all 20 losses is Jason Hanson.
Prediction: Packers 31, Lions 28