Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/12/12
Green Bay at Detroit Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, at FOX- TV: Ford Field, Detroit; DirecTV: 706 *TV announcers: Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin *Keys to the game: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 15 touchdowns against only one interception during the team's four-game winning streak despite WRs Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson battling injuries. Detroit's defensive strength is up front with a group that can provide an push from all four spots. Green Bay has struggled to establish a ground game most of the season, leaving it to Rodgers to use his mobility and quick release to sting aggressive defenses. Detroit should be able to move the ball consistently with the Packers expected to be minus OLB Clay Mathews and S Charles Woodson. The Lions fell behind early last week and became extremely unbalanced offensively. As big as QB Matthew Stafford's arm is, Detroit has been far more dangerous when RB Mikel Leshoure is established as a chain-moving option. The Lions fell back into the old trap of trying to chase a big deficit with a late rally, which can spell doom against the ballhawking Packers and might be a recipe for a blowout. *Matchup to watch - Packers OLB Dezman Moses vs. Lions LT Jeff Backus: An undrafted rookie, Moses has been a situational contributor to date but could see significant action on the right side with Mathews expected to be sidelined. Moses has 10 tackles and a sack this season. In his 12th season, Backus remains one of the league's more underappreciated blind-side protector. *Player spotlight - Packers WR Randall Cobb: The second-year player has become one of Rodgers' favorite big-play targets with six touchdowns in the past five games and leads the team with 45 receptions. He's also among the league leaders in punt returns (11.1-yard average) and kickoff returns (27.8). *Fast facts: Five of the Packers' final seven games are against NFC North foes. They are 28-9 vs. the division since coach Mike McCarthy's first year in 2006, and have an eight-game winning streak against NFC North teams. ... Lions WR Calvin Johnson leads the NFL with 2,655 receiving yards since the start of 2011. WHO WILL WIN AND WHY The Packers come off their bye week still dealing with significant injuries - particularly on defense. However, Detroit's propensity for slow starts is lethal against Green Bay with QB Aaron Rodgers as hot as any quarterback in the NFL. *Our pick: Packers 30-26
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