Struggling Detroit Lions a 7-Point Underdog Against Division-Leading Packers


The Detroit Lions season of frustration continued Sunday when they coughed up yet another fourth-quarter lead in a 35-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Next up for the Lions (4-8) is a road trip to take on the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers (8-3). According to the Week 14 NFL odds, the Packers are favored by seven points and the over/under is 51.5 points.

The Lions led the Colts by 12 points in the fourth-quarter, but a touchdown pass from Andrew Luck on the games final play proved the difference. The defeat followed similar losses to the Houston Texans and these same Packers the previous two weeks.

In the previous Lions-Packer matchup, Detroit had the lead with less than two minutes to play, but a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers followed by a field goal from Mason Crosby led to a 24-20 victory.

Obviously these late-game breakdowns are a troubling trend for the Lions and one that makes hem hard for bettors to back with much confidence. Detroit received a huge game from Calvin Johnson against the Colts. He caught a career-high 13 passes for 146 yards, which included a 46-yard touchdown.

Detroit figures to be able to move the ball against the Packers, but how its porous secondary will be able to contain Rodgers and company is another matter entirely. After being torched by Luck and Colts,  the Lions rank 18th in pass defense with 234 yards a game allowed.

Detroit will also be thin at wide receiver against the Packers. Titus Young was again told his services will not be needed this week because of a questionable attitude and Nate Burleson continues to be inactive. To compound matters, Ryan Broyles—who replaced Young at wideout—tore an ACL against the Colts and is out for the season.

Detroit has to be reeling after seeing its season go up in smoke with four straight tough beats. Considering the issues the Lions face at wide receiver and the secondary, Green Bay could prove a tough customer in this spot.

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