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Packers vs Lions Week Six Preview

How Are Their Seasons Going?

Week six’s Monday night showdown will be between the Green Bay Packers vs the Detroit Lions. The Packers will be coming into the game 4-1 after defeating the Dallas Cowboys. The offense leaned on Aaron Jones, as he finished with 182 total yards and four touchdowns. Jones set a career high for total yards and touchdowns in a single game. Aaron Rodgers didn’t have a big game, 238 yards, but he made clutch and accurate throws to keep the ball moving. It was his first game without star wide receiver Davante Adams and his young receivers struggled with separation. With Adams set to miss this week as well, Rodgers will be counting on veterans Jimmy Graham and Geronimo Allison to make plays in the passing game so the Lions don’t load the box to stop the run. The Packers will have a great chance of winning the game if can make plays through the air.

The Detroit Lions are coming into Lambeau 2-1-1. The Lions have the luxury of having two weeks to prepare for the game, as they had their bye week last week. The last time they played, they lost a shoot out vs the Kansas City Chiefs. Matthew Stafford was stellar, throwing for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Kerryon Johnson had his best game of the season, with 29 touches for 157 total yards. Their run defense was very good as well, giving up just 69 yards on 19 carriers (3.6 yards/carry). Their defense has also allowed only four passing touchdowns all season, including holding Pat Mahomes to zero. An issue the team faces, is they average 8.5 penalties a game, which stall their offensive drives, and give opposing offenses another chance. They will need to cut down on penalties in order to maximize their drives and not give Rodgers extra chances.

Key Matchups

Jaire Alexander vs Marvin Jones

Jaire Alexander is one of the leagues top corners. Last week vs Dallas, the second year star had his worst game of his career as he shadowed Amari Cooper. Marvin Jones has played very well vs the Packers throughout his time in Detroit so Jaire will need to have a big bounce back game.

Aaron Rodgers vs Detroit’s secondary

Darius Slay and Justin Coleman are studs in the Detroit secondary. With Davante Adams out, it will be tough for Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Geronimo Allison to make plays. This secondary has only two interceptions on the season so if the receivers can get some separation, Rodgers will be able to get them the ball.

Kevin King vs Kenny Golladay

Kevin King is the only corner in the league, through the first five games, with eight pass breakups, two interceptions, and a forced fumble. When healthy he has proven to be a lockdown corner. Kenny Golladay has 243 yards and four touchdowns in his four games. With Alexander and Jones battling on the other side, this will be an important battle as well.

Blake Martinez vs Kerryon Johnson

Blake Martinez and the rest of the Packers front seven need to make sure they contain Johnson so they aren’t in a bunch of third and shorts. Kerryon is coming off his best game of the season and will be looking to keep the momentum going. Stopping the run is something the Packers have struggled with and Detroit will want to attack them on the ground to control the clock.

Prediction

Although its true that the Lions have won four straight against the Packers, it’s not because they were dominate. Rodgers missed both games in 2017 due to injury and most of the game in week 17 last season. In their week five matchup last season, Mason Crosby missed five kicks and they could not establish any momentum. Prime time matchup at home sounds like a the recipe for a tough battle between two strong defenses. The Packers will move on to 5-1 with a 23-16 victory.

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