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Detriot Lions at Green Bay Packers

Spread: Lions -2 | Over/Under 43

Two teams on the crest of a slump close out Week 9 of the 2017 season, as the Detroit Lions travel to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night. The Lions have lost their last three games. The Packers are also coming off back to back losses. Green Bay holds a 100-68-7 advantage over their divisional rivals and has won the last three meetings. The Lions last victory vs Greenbay was an 18-16 win in Week 10 of the 2015 season. This was their first win at Lambeau Field since 1991.

Brett Hundley has completed 31 of his 59 pass attempts for 244 yards since coming into the lineup. He has thrown just one touchdown pass against four interceptions. The Lions pass defense has not been their strong suit this season. They have held opponents to less than 219 passing yards just once.

While not putting up huge numbers, Matt Stafford is enjoying quite a productive season for the Lions. He needs just 149 yards on Monday to give him 2000 on the year. His 270 pass attempts have included 18 touchdowns and only four interceptions. The last three quarterbacks to play the Packers all passed for at least 239 yards.

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After beginning the season behind Ty Montgomery, rookie Aaron Jones has established himself as the Packers lead back in recent weeks. He has rushed for 346 yards on 62 attempts and has scored three touchdowns. Montgomery’s 60 rushing attempts have yielded 186 yards, but he has chipped in with another 141 yards on 20 catches. As inconsistent as they have been towards the pass, the Lions have been stouter against the run in 2017. They have allowed more than 67 rushing yards to running backs in a single game just twice this season.

Ameer AbdullahAfter Last Sunday’s loss to the Steelers, it has now been 58 games since a Lions running back eclipsed 100 yards rushing. Ameer Abdullah leads the team with 369 from 101 attempts but has scored just once. Theo Riddick also has 60 yards on 22 carries with additional 204 yards on 25 receptions. This game could be the best chance the Lions have to end their streak for some time. The Packers have allowed 100 plus yards on the ground to running backs in five of their last six games.

Green Bay has three wide receivers that all have at least 26 receptions and 261 yards this season. Jordy Nelson leads the team with six touchdown receptions. Davante Adams 351 yards is the most on the team. Randall Cobb has one score this year, but that was way back in Week 2. The Lions are allowing an average of 12.8 receptions, 163.6 yards, and a touchdown to wide receivers in their games this season.

Golden Tate has the team lead in catches and yards, with a 43-449-2 stat line heading into this game. Marvin Jones has 408 yards of his own. He has one more touchdown than Tate. When playing the Packers this season, wide receivers are averaging 12.6 catches and a tick less than 166 yards per game.

After an announcement on social media last week, it appears that tight end Martellus Bennett is entering the final eight games of his NFL career. His first season with the Packers has not been an overly successful one. But he does have 233 yards from 24 catches so far this season. Lance Kendricks, another player in his first term with the team, has not been as involved as Bennett in the passing game. He has only caught six passes for 94 yards and a touchdown. Tight ends have blown hot and cold against the Lions this season. The team has allowed more than 100 yards in a game twice. But they have also had three games in which tight ends were held to 27 yards or less.

Eric Ebron has not enjoyed a contract year for the ages in 2017 and is unlikely to be resigned at the end of the season. He has caught just 15 of his 32 targets this season (a 46.9% catch rate) and has only 160 yards and a single touchdown. His fellow tight end Darren Fells has caught 11 of his 16 targets for 113 yards and has scored three times. The Packers have effectively shut down tight ends this season, and have allowed just 33.7 yards per game to them. The next tight end to score a touchdown against the Packers this season will be the first.


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