There’s a little something extra in every game that pits division foes against one another. … Unless one of those foes is the Detroit Lions and the other is the Green Bay Packers. … Especially if the game is at Lambeau Field like this week’s contest.
Fret not fantasy football owners, there are still plenty of fantasy implications even if the Lions have relatively no shot of winning this week.
Our projection model is not perfect. There are many improvements that could be made, but we have been relatively good at predicting players’ good weeks. Translation: Use these at your own discretion but they should be pretty darn good.
Other fantasy football previews with projections: CIN@CLE | DEN@TEN | CAR@NO | BAL@PIT | NYJ@BUF | SEA@STL | SF@ATL | DET@GB | HOU@OAK | IND@JAX | WAS@PHI | ARI@SD | CHI@NYG | NE@MIA (Teams on bye: DAL, KC, MIN, TB)
The Lions haven’t won in Lambeau since 1991. They’ve lost 22 in a row on the road by an average margin of two touchdowns. We know strings like that are meant to be broken, but the projections, well, they can’t calculate luck, so: Green Bay 26.4-Detroit 17.2.
Aaron Rodgers likes him some Lions defense. In four games against Detroit, Rodgers has thrown for more than 300 yards each game and has thrown 11 TDs to just one interception.
Surprisingly he’s slated to throw for 268 and a touchdown this week. Don’t be surprised if he blows those numbers up.
It’s also a good matchup for a Packers running game that hasn’t been able to even locate the tracks, let alone get on them, after Ryan Grant went down with an injury. Brandon Jackson is not the running back they were looking for, but in a matchup with the Lions, any lead back is fair game for fantasy owners.
Green Bay allowed 274 yards rushing in its two first games before holding down the Bears last week. Best’s turf toe injury could keep the Packers defense looking good, but we could get our first look at Kevin Smith this week with Aaron Brown (wrist) out for a couple games.
Aaron Rodgers, GB: 23-34, 268 yards, TD, INT, 15 rush yards, TD rushing
Shaun Hill, DET: 20-33, 214, TD, INT
Jahvid Best, DET: 80 yards, TD, 5 catches, 40 receiving yards
Brandon Jackson, GB: 65 yards, TD, 2 cathces, 20 receiving yards
John Kuhn, GB: 45 yardsd, 1 catch , 10 receiving yards
Kevin Smith, DET: 10 yards
Stefan Logan, DET: 5 yards
Maurice Morris, DET: 2 catches, 20 receiving yards
Greg Jennings, GB: 4-60
Calvin Johnson, DET: 5-50
Donald Driver, GB: 6-45
James Jones, GB: 3-35
Jordy Nelson, GB: 2-20
Bryant Johnson, DET: 1-10
Derrick Williams, DET: 1-10
JerMichael Finley, GB: 5-80, TD
Brandon Pettigrew, DET: 5-50, TD
Tony Scheffler, DET: 5-35
Mason Crosby, GB: FG, 3 XP
Jason Hanson, DET: FG, 2 XP
Packers: 3 sacks, INT
Lions: 2 sacks, INT