An NFC North battle is on tap between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday at Lambeau Field. After both teams made easy work of their previous opponents, one of them is set up to suffer a discouraging change of fortune.
The wins brought Detroit up to 8-8 and the Packers to a reciprocal 8-8. Both teams are in the playoff hunt, so this is a critical game.
Green Bay is the favorite in this one, with an expected 4.5-point margin of victory. They might be worth taking a chance on against the spread as they are currently on a four-game streak of ATS wins.
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions (8-8) and Green Bay Packers (8-8) will have all eyes on them as they close the NFL’s regular season, in what could potentially decide the NFC’s final wild-card spot.
Finally, the Detroit Lions have made their way into primetime television. Though they were originally given zero primetime games from the NFL schedule makers, their 7-2 finish on the season has moved them to 8-8 and possibly into a win-and-in scenario. It’s the first time since 2016 that the Lions are still in playoff contention during the final week of the season.
Of course, the bigger national storyline seems to be Detroit’s Week 18 opponents; the Green Bay Packers. Aaron Rodgers and company, are already in a true win-and-in scenario after rattling off four straight wins to turn a hopeless 4-8 season into one in which some Packers fans are calling a “season of destiny.” No, for real.
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