Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Packers

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Lions running back Theo Riddick is expected to pick up the slack with Ameer Abdullah out due to injury.

James Hawkins, Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski predict the outcome of Sunday's Lions-Packers game.

Predictions

James Hawkins: The Lions caught a break not having to travel to Lambeau Field later and deal with the cold conditions. Instead, they get to face the Packers in their home opener, a tall task for any team. It’ll be even more difficult with several starters nicked up and not at full strength. Packers 28-20

Justin Rogers: The Lions linebacker situation is a disaster and that’s something that will be tough to overcome against a quarterback as good as Aaron Rodgers. Even though he’s in a bit of a slump, expect that Packers quarterback to carve the Lions up in the middle of the field, snapping the Lambeau losing streak to the NFC North opponent at one. Packers 30-20

Lions vs. Packers preview: Backups need to step up

John Niyo: The Packers are banged up and coming off a tough Sunday night road loss to the Vikings. But the Lions are limping into Lambeau without three of their best playmakers. It’s not a lost cause, but that’s hardly the best recipe for a road win. Packers 27-21

Bob Wojnowski: Not exactly great timing for a trip to Green Bay. The Lions have injuries on defense — DeAndre Levy, Ziggy Ansah — and lost Ameer Abdullah just as he was starting to shine. Oh, and the Packers aren’t in a great mood these days, with Aaron Rodgers struggling. I have a feeling reports of Rodgers’ decline are exaggerated, or at least premature, and he’s about to feel considerably better. Packers 33-21