The Detroit Lions travel to Lambeau Field to battle Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football. Both teams enter with a 2-1 record, and sole possession of first place in the NFC North is on the line. The Lions defeated the Packers twice last season and are considered the favorites to win the NFC North for the first time since 1993.
Can the Lions claw their way to a victory, or will the Packers reign supreme in the NFC North?
Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers Odds and Match Details
** Odds Subject to Change**
Fixture: Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
Date and Time: September 28, 2023, at 8:15 p.m. EST
Location: Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Field Surface: Natural Grass
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 70 Degrees
Detroit has started the season 2-1 and even beat the reigning Super Bowl champs to start the season. They suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in week two but bounced back this week, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 20-6.
Jared Goff completed 22 of 33 passes for 243 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Rookie Jahmyr Gibbs led the team with 80 rushing yards on 17 carries, while Amon-Ra St. Brown caught nine passes for 102 yards. Rookie tight end Sam LaPorta added eight receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, the Lions amassed seven sacks against the Falcons and limited them to 183 total yards of offense. Coach Dan Campbell was able to neutralize rookie sensation Bijan Robinson to only 33 rushing yards on 10 carries.
Green Bay Packers
Like Detroit, Green Bay has started the season 2-1 and has looked decent post-Aaron Rodgers. They started the year with an impressive 38-20 win over their rivals, the Chicago Bears, and then lost a heartbreaker to Atlanta in week 2. The Packers were able to rally from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Saints and proved to be a legit contender in the NFC North.
Jordan Love completed 22 of 44 passes for 259 yards. He threw for a touchdown and an interception while rushing for another touchdown. Love led the Packers in rushing with 39 yards on nine carries. Receiver Romeo Doubs secured five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, while rookie Jayden Reed caught three passes for 63 yards.
Defensively, Rashan Gary secured three sacks, and the Packers as a whole recorded four sacks. Defensive coordinator Joe Barry has been under scrutiny due to how poor his defense has been playing. Fans have taken to social media wanting Joe Barry fired, which is not a bad idea considering all the talent he has on the defense. Green Bay limited New Orleans to 252 total yards of offense in the win.
Jason Cabinda (FB)- LP with Knee
Taylor Decker (T)- LP with Ankle
Jonah Jackson (G)- LP with Thigh
Kerby Joseph (S)- LP with Hip
David Montgomery (RB)- LP with Thigh
Emmanuel Moseley (CB)- LP with Knee/Hamstring
Matt Nelson (T)- DNP with Ankle
Frank Ragnow (C)- DNP with Toe and Vet Rest
Halapoulivaati Vaitai (G)- DNP with Knee
Jaire Alexander (CB)- DNP with Back
Zayne Anderson (S)- DNP with Hamstring
David Bakhtiara (T)- DNP with Knee and Vet Rest
De’Vondre Campbell (LB)- DNP with Ankle
Rashan Gary (LB)- LP with Knee
Elgton Jenkins (G/T)- DNP with Knee
Aaron Jones (RB)- LP with Hamstring
Zach Tom (OL)- DNP with Knee
Carrington Valentine (CB)- DNP with Biceps
Christian Watson (WR)- DNP with Hamstring
The Green Bay Packers have started the season with a next-man-up mentality and have done a phenomenal job persevering through all the injuries that are piling up. For the Lions, they have been playing solid, and Goff has looked comfortable to start the season. Rookie tight end Sam LaPorta has been building a strong rapport with his quarterback, and with his size and hands, he will develop into Goff’s security blanket.
As a Packers fan, I want them to win, but with all the injuries for Green Bay and Joe Barry not knowing how to run a defense, I am backing the Lions to get the job done in this one. Now, if we see players like Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, De’Vondre Campbell, and others be able to play this one, I think the Packers could get the job done. But if Jones is, in fact, out, the Packers’ run game will be null and void.
Detroit Lions -122 ML