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Detroit Lions 5 keys to game vs. Packers; plus prediction

It has been six years since the Detroit Lions (1-1) and the Green Bay Packers (1-1) met this early in the season. Kickoff is 1 p.m., Sunday at Ford Field.

Here are five keys for the Lions:

1. Get off to fast start. It’s not a good idea to get in a hole against any team — especially the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

 2. Stay with the run game. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said that looking back he wishes he had stayed with it longer on Sunday in the loss at Carolina. In the opener, he showed patience and it paid off in the fourth quarter with a seven-minute, 80-yard, clock-eating touchdown drive.

3. Convert in the red zone. With kicker Nate Freese on shaky ground (he should be better indoors, shouldn’t he?), it’s key to make the most of trips inside the 20-yard line.

4. Pressure Packers' Rodgers early and often. The more uncomfortable the front seven can make him, the easier life will be for the banged-up secondary. 

5. Get the ball to Calvin Johnson. Everyone else too, but Johnson is key.

Prediction: Lions 35, Packers 28.


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