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    Packers vs Lions: NFL Week 13 Thursday Night Football Forecast

    Packers vs Lions: NFL Week 13 Thursday Night Football Forecast

    Detroit Lions: Playoff pipe dream hinges on running the table

    Highly improbable, especially after they opened the 2015 NFL season with a 1-7 record, Detroit is clinging to a faint NFC Wild Card playoff hope after three straight impressive victories. The Lions need to win their last five games to get to a 9-7 mark that might be enough to sneak into the postseason. After an embarrassing 45-10 Week 8 loss, in London, UK to the streaking Kansas City Chiefs, a Week 9 bye plus some coaching changes has helped Detroit right their sinking ship. The Cats winning ways began with a rather shocking 18-16 win against the Packers at Lambeau Field, their first triumph in 25 visits to Green Bay, and kept rolling with victories over Oakland (18-13) and Philadelphia (45-14) at home. The Lions vastly improved defense will be a big factor in this contest.

    Green Bay Packers: Perfect NFL 2015 season start is now a distant memory

    After storming out of the NFL 2015 starting gate, outscoring their opponents by a 164-101 margin during a 6-0 winning run, Green Bay has fallen on tough times. The suddenly plodding Packers are 1-4 over their last five games and they have been outscored by 98-85 combined final count. While losses on the road to Denver (9-2) and Carolina (11-0) can be forgiving – we are still trying to figure out the Packers last two home losses to Detroit and Chicago. Sandwiched into their run of futility, Green Bay was impressive during a 30-13 Week 11 road win over the NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings. Green Bay has not been swept during a season series with Detroit since they posted a 4-12 record in 1991. The Packers look more like pretenders than playoff contenders at this point.

    Detroit vs Green Bay NFL Week 13 Prediction: While they took a hit when they lost WR Jordy Nelson in the preseason, the Packers drop-prone 23rd ranked passing offense has become a major issue in Green Bay. This was particularly evident after receivers Davante Adams and James Jones both dropped potential touchdowns during the 17-13 loss to Chicago on Thanksgiving Thursday. QB Aaron Rodgers attempted a career high 61 passes, with 35 completions for 333 yards and two TD, during the Week 10 loss to Detroit. The Lions dynamic duel of QB Matthew Stafford (337 pass yards five TD) and WR Calvin Johnson (93 receiving yards three TD) carved up the Eagles at home last Thursday. Green Bay has injuries across their entire offensive line and Detroit is tied for fifth in the NFL with 30 sacks after they recorded six against Philadelphia. Expecting a close hard fought "Norris" battle - we are taking the touchdown and backing the Motor City Cats with a 500 unit wager on the Alternate Spread prices posted on the NFL betting board at SportsInteraction.

    Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers – SportsInteraction NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

    Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers – SportsInteraction NFL Week 13 Betting Lines

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