Lions-Packers preview: Lions look to slow Packers again

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Three Packers to watch

■ Aaron Rodgers was held to one of the worst passing games in his career in the first meeting, with just 162 yards and a touchdown.

■ Jordy Nelson had just five catches (on seven targets) for 59 yards in the first meeting; look for him to get more involved in the offense early.

■ Eddie Lacy leads the team in rushing yards (1,039) and has nine touchdowns on the ground. They'll look to establish the run to keep the Lions' line honest.


■ The Packers have to believe that they can't play much worse than they did in the first meeting. The game plan was flawed but they'll have a different plan this time.

■ Unlike the first meeting, they'll play at Lambeau Field — the Lions' house of horrors — where the Lions haven't won since 1991.

■ Green Bay has playoff experience and has been in a position to win a division title; there are questions about whether the Lions will be able to handle the big stage.

■ Center Dominic Raiola (suspension) will miss the game, putting rookie Travis Swanson in a pressure cooker in the center of the line.

■ If weather becomes an issue, the Packers look to have the advantage in the running game, but the Lions defense is one of the best in the league.

Facts and figures

■ The Packers are streaking, winning six of the last seven and 10 of the last 12; they've won all seven at Lambeau Field this season.

■ Green Bay is ranked seventh in passing offense (269.1 yards) and the Lions' pass defense is ranked 13th (232.1).

■ Rodgers hasn't thrown an interception at home this season but had trouble in the first meeting; look for plenty of adjustments and quick passes.

■ Lions receiver Calvin Johnson (six catches, 82 yards) and Golden Tate (five catches, 51 yards) had modest games in the first meeting, but the Packers might have trouble doing it twice.

■ The Lions have taken advantage of the turnover margin recently and although Rodgers hasn't thrown interceptions, they'll need to find another way to create opportunities.