MNF Week 9 – Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
The NFC North takes center stage as Week 9 comes to a close as the Lions travel to Lambeau to take on the Packers on Monday Night Football. We had a decent week, losing badly with the Broncos +8.5 but did win with the Cowboys -2.5 as they overpowered Kansas City.
Detroit Lions -2 (-115) at Green Bay Packers +2 (-105) Total: 42.5
The Lions started off the season strong, but are amid a three-game slide that began with a loss to the Panthers on October 8. While they’re still having some success offensively, their defense, which was thought to be a strength coming into the season has faltered as we head into the second half. They should play better against a Packers offense that is missing Aaron Rodgers. Detroit has a 3-4 record on the year, which is good enough for third in the AFC North.
The Packers saw their playoff, and Super Bowl chances take a massive hit after they lost Aaron Rodgers for likely the rest of the year with a broken collarbone on October 15. They’re coming off a bye week after losing to the Saints in Week 8. Green Bay is still hanging on to the second spot in the NFC North with a 4-3 overall record.
This game has had minimal movement. The Lions opened at -2.5, but that number moved to -2 at midweek and hasn’t moved much since. At most sportsbooks, the Lions are getting a bit more vigorish at -2. The total is listed at 42.5 which has come down slightly from a 43-point opener.
Detroit’s defense has been exposed in my eyes, but that may not be the case nationally. Green Bay’s defense isn’t anything special either, but the Lions haven’t been much of a downfield passing team this season. The Packers do have an intense pass rush, which could give Stafford and the offense problems.
Furthermore, the Packers are coming off a bye, which has allowed them to get a bit healthier and fresher for this contest. Another week of Brett Hundley feeling more comfortable in the offense should also up their ability to score. Let’s also not forget this is a critical division game.
I would prefer to get +3 in this one, but I think taking a stab at +2 is okay, as well, provided you get a decent price, like the -105 currently offered at SportsBetting.ag. The moneyline is another option, it’s presently +115 at SportsBetting.ag, but there are better prices to be found elsewhere.