This Sunday the Packers will welcome an opponent into Lambeau Field for the first time this season. Although the Lions have not been a playoff team since 2016 they have always played the Packers close. Last season Green Bay won both matchups. However, they did not have the lead at any point during the game. They won both games on last-second field goals by Mason Crosby. This Sunday hopefully is different and the Packers can take advantage of some key matchups.
Davante Adams vs. Literally Anyone
The Lions are in for a long game when it comes to number 17. Adams went for 157 and two touchdowns versus a weak secondary in week one. Now in week two, the Lions are without their most veteran corner, Desmond Trufant. All this means is that third overall pick, Jeff Okudah, is slated to draw the matchup against Adams. The Lions will most likely not follow Okudah with Adams in his first career game. Adams will have plenty of opportunities against young corners and a young secondary. The Packers must win this matchup to have a successful day passing.
Preston and Za’Darius Smith vs. Lions Offensive Line
Last week the great Chicago Bears pass rush only recorded one sack on the Detroit offensive line. The Packers had two sacks in week one from Za’Darius Smith and Jaire Alexander. If the Packers want to be fierce on defense this year the pass rush will have to get back what it was last year. The Lions should provide a good test for the Smith bros. The unit is going to be missing starting left guard Joe Dahl. If Preston and Za’Darius can both cause havoc like last season then the Packers defense should have a great game.
Aaron Jones vs. the Run Defense
The Packers definitely look like a four man rotation at running back, but it’s clear who the lead back is. Aaron Jones had 16 carries week one and scored his first touchdown of the season. The next leader on the team was Jamal Williams with seven carries. Aaron Jones said he understands the committee approach and appreciates it as it is a big reason he was able to stay healthy last season. However, it’s undeniable that he is the best back the Packers have and the team is better when he’s touching the football. Aaron Jones rushed for over 1,000 yards last season and will look to repeat to earn himself a new contract. Jones can explode vs a Lions team that gave up 146 rushing yards to the Bears just a week ago. Matt LaFleur’s offense can really set him up for success if Aaron Rodgers is forcing teams to drop back and prevent the pass.