Green Bay Goes Lion Hunting

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Aaron Rodgers will look to take advantage of Detroit's struggling defence. Image courtesy of Jim Prisching/AP
Not since 1991 has Detroit gone to Lambeau Field and come away with a win against NFC North rival Green Bay . The 2012 version of the Lions doesn’t stand much hope, given they’re on a four-game losing streak, while the Packers have charged up the standings going 6-1 in their last seven starts, and in amongst those victories was a 24-20 win over Detroit at Ford Field in Week 11.

Pack quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 7-1 lifetime against the Lions, and his only defeat came in 2010 when he was knocked out in the first half of a shock 7-3 loss in Detroit. In all seven wins he has thrown for at least two touchdowns, including the game-winner to Randall Cobb when the teams met three weeks ago. He’ll be working behind a patched up offensive line, though, with back-up right tackle T.J. Lang joining starter Bryan Bulaga on the sidelines. Rodgers has already been sacked a league-high 39 times this season, and Lang’s injury won’t make life any easier on the road in to the postseason.

There are issues in the backfield, too. Cedric Benson is out for the season with a foot injury, while James Starks will miss the next few weeks due to a knee problem, leaving Ryan Grant to pick up the running duties. In saying that, the Lions’ defence has allowed 69 points and 960 yards in its last two games, so moving the ball upfield shouldn’t be an issue.

The last time the Lions visited Lambeau, Matthew Stafford threw for a career-high 520 yards and five TDs in a 45-41 loss. Wideout Calvin Johnson also had a career best 244 yards receiving in that game. If they could only get their defence in order, the visitors might have a shot, considering Stafford’s offence leads the league in total yards per game. Packers defensive linchpin Clay Matthews will miss a fifth straight game with a hamstring injury, while gun safety Charles Woodson is also doubtful.

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