Packers @ Lions / Line: GB -3
“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”
That was the famous line uttered by Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III. Just when Michael Corleone thought he was finished with all the mafia vendettas, debts and ties; the mob pulls him into yet another bloody and costly war. I feel the same way about the Packers. The Minnesota game was supposed to be a turning point. A season-saving win. A statement game in the new way this Packers team would play football going forward.
Instead, we got a listless performance, on of all things, “Brett Favre Night”. An inexcusable loss to of all teams, the goddamn Bears. It is now December, I have absolutely no feel for this team, and more importantly, this offense. They have tread water for far too long, something needs to click and fast or they will be just the third team (2003 Vikings & 2009 Broncos) to start 6-0 and miss the playoffs.
The Lions on the other hand are perhaps football’s hottest team. They kicked the shit out of Chip Kelly’s Eagles on Thanksgiving. They played a gritty and tough fought game in a victory against the Raiders. And they beat yours truly, Green Bay, three weeks ago to kick start this mini resurgence. This coincidences with the promotion of the best coaching name in football, Jim Bob Cooter as offensive coordinator. And his ground-breaking offensive strategy to force-feed Calvin Johnson the ball, you know, only the most unstoppable force at wide receiver since 2007.
But can Detroit pull yet another upset? After all they did in fact end the 23 year Lions losing streak in Wisconsin just three weeks ago. A sweep of the Packers would put them into the conversation of NFC Wildcard teams. As for the Packers, if they lose this game, it’s over. Kiss the division goodbye, and the Wild Card as well. If they can’t beat the Lions in a must win game, they don’t deserve the post-season anyways.
Green Bay is usually very good in bounce-back, season-saving, all-in games. They already won one quite handily in Minnesota against a far superior opponent. As a Packers fan, the only thing that scares me is one of “those” games for Calvin Johnson. Everything else, a good team, a playoff team should be able to handle. And I still think they are a playoff team.
Packers over LIONS (-3)