After two weeks, Green Bay hasn’t found a way to get its offense in gear, even with Jordy Nelson back in the lineup. Detroit is hoping the Packers remain stuck in neutral when the Lions head west to Lambeau Field for a NFC North showdown on Sunday afternoon.
How to Watch Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
When: 1 p.m. ET
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.
Live Stream: Watch HD Stream Here
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, and Pam Oliver
The Packers and Lions will square off in a game with big divisional implications. You can catch this game online using Fox Sports’ live streaming website. Verizon customers can also access the game on mobile devices via the NFL’s official app.
For Green Bay, Week 3’s game represents another opportunity to get its underwhelming offense off the ground. The Packers were held to just 263 total yards in an upset loss to Minnesota last week. Aaron Rodgers fumbled three times, and his typically high-powered offense was limited to only 14 points.
The loss was a step back from the team’s performance in its season opener, but not by much. The Pack were outgained 348-294 before squeaking out a 27-23 victory over a Jacksonville team that was then routed by the San Diego Chargers in Week 2. Through two games, Rodgers is averaging only 206 passing yards per contest.
Fortunately for Green Bay, a banged-up Lions defense could be just the panacea its impotent offense needs.
The Lions will have to hope their players stay on the field after injuries tore through Detroit’s starting lineup in Week 2. Six different starters were shaken up in last week’s loss to the Tennessee Titans. Four — running back Ameer Abdullah (foot), defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), and linebackers Kyle Van Noy (calf) and Antwione Williams (thigh) — failed to return to the game; Abdullah was later placed on injured reserve.
Tight end Eric Ebron and tackle Riley Reiff also missed time due to ailments. Detroit was also without former All-Pro linebacker DeAndre Levy, who may be out for the season with a quadriceps injury.
Jim Caldwell was tight-lipped when it came to his players’ health (“I don’t talk about injuries,” the Lions’ coach told the press after the game), but it’s clear his team will have to deal with more disadvantages than just the Green Bay crowd in the team’s 2016 home opener.
Detroit has seen this NFC North rivalry swing in its favor in recent years. After losing all but three of the 26 meetings between these teams from December 2000 to October 2013, the Lions have won three of their last five games against the Packers — including a win in their last trip to Lambeau Field. Sunday’s game will give them the opportunity to turn that outlier into a streak, as well as erase an embarrassing result from the last time these teams met.
Detroit, leading 23-21, was somehow unprepared for the deep pass as Rodgers lined up behind center at his own 39-yard line for an untimed down at the game’s end due to a phantom facemask penalty. Richard Rodgers drifted into the end zone, uncovered, as the former MVP uncorked a rocket that found his tight end’s hands and delivered a 27-23 road win in Motor City. The ensuing win probability chart looked like a stock market relic from October 29, 1929.
The Lions probably recoiled when they found out the same official who threw the flag for that facemask penalty will be officiating this Sunday’s game, but this time, they’re hoping for a much different ending.