Detroit News sports writers discuss the Lions' upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers.


Rod Beard of The Detroit News breaks down Sunday's game between the Lions (1-1) and Packers (1-1) at Ford Field:

Packers players to watch

Aaron Rodgers, QB: He has dominated the Lions during his career, winning nine of 10; he left the only loss (2010) with a concussion.

Jordy Nelson, WR: He has developed into an elite receiver, with nine catches in each of the first two weeks, including a career-best 209 yards last week.

Julius Peppers, LB: Peppers has played in 98 straight games, the third-longest streak among active linebackers. He's still effective, even in his 13th season.


Welcome to the NFL: Packers rookie C Corey Linsley will have a tough assignment, with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley — among other linemen — up front.

Finally a force: Although Packers QB Aaron Rodgers seems to have a mental advantage over the Lions, he'll face probably the best Lions defensive line since he started in the series.

Weak unit: Packers WRs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb will look to take advantage of a weakened defensive backfield, which has a new addition in Danny Gorrer (signed this week).

Running wild: Packers RB Eddie Lacy was the best rookie runner and will be critical in establishing a rushing attack to complement the passing game.

Pump up the noise: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers lauded the Ford Field crowd, noting how much louder they've gotten each year during the series. If the Lions get ahead early, it could play a factor.

Facts and figures

* In QB Aaron Rodgers' 10 games against the Lions, he's averaged 256 yards and two TDs and has five total INTs.

* Packers WR Jordy Nelson has 18 catches the first two games, bettering the franchise mark of 17 for a receiver (Ken Payne, 1975).

* In coach Mike McCarthy's eight seasons, the Packers are 14-2 against the Lions. The Packers have won 15 of the last 17 overall in the series.

* Packers WR Randall Cobb has at least one catch in 30 consecutive games.

* Packers K Mason Crosby holds the franchise record with a field goal in 17 straight regular-season games.