Packers vs. Lions Point Spread: NFL Week 17 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 26, 2017

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The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions were both playoff teams in 2016, but they are playing out the string Sunday when they face off in the Motor City.

Green Bay
7-9
AT
December 31, 2017, 1:00 PM ET
Ford Field
Detroit
9-7
Pointspread +7 -105
Moneyline +280
Over / Under o +45

37%

Betting Action

63%

Pointspread -7 -115
Moneyline -360
Over / Under u +45

37%

Betting Action

63%

The Lions haven’t swept a season series from the Packers since 1991 but can here thanks to a 30-17 victory in Green Bay in Week 9.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Not quite the drama in this game as when Green Bay visited Detroit in Week 17 last year. That was a winner-take-all for the NFC North title and the loser landing a wild-card spot (thanks to the Washington Redskins losing earlier in the day). The Packers won that Sunday night 31-24 behind 300 yards passing and four TDs from Aaron Rodgers. His 2017 season is over, however.

Detroit’s chances of a wild-card spot this year went up in smoke in a Week 16 loss in Cincinnati, and the Packers were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15.

Rodgers was out  the last time these two teams played with his broken collarbone and Green Bay had only three points entering the fourth behind backup Brett Hundley. Matthew Stafford passed for 361 yards and two touchdowns to Marvin Jones.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers (7-8 SU, 7-8 ATS) had the NFC’s active longest run of making the postseason as they had every year since 2009, which was Rodgers’ second season as the starting quarterback. Green Bay actually broke an odd NFL rule when it put Rodgers back on injured reserve last week. League rules stipulate that a player must have suffered a new injury that would sideline him at least six weeks to be placed on IR. If that’s not the case, the team must release said player. Rodgers didn’t suffer a new injury when he returned from a broken collarbone in a Week 15 loss, but then the Packers were then eliminated from the playoffs with an Atlanta win that Monday night and opted to rule out Rodgers for the season.

Other teams have complained to the league office saying that Rodgers should be put on waivers, but needless to say that’s not going to happen. Behind Hundley, the Packers were shut out Saturday night, 16-0 by Minnesota. It was the second time the team was blanked at home this season; no team in the NFL had suffered such a fate since 2006.

Detroit Lions

Detroit (8-7 SU, 7-7-1 ATS) was favoured Sunday at a Cincinnati team that had clearly quit on the season and had been outscored 80-14 in its previous nine quarters, but the Bengals pulled off a 26-17 upset to eliminate the Lions from playoff contention and, many believe, seal the fate of Detroit coach Jim Caldwell. Lions owner Martha Ford and team president Rod Wood declined comment on Caldwell’s future following the loss, and that silence speaks volumes. Against what had been the NFL’s worst rushing defense, the Lions had just 87 yards on the ground. Stafford was 19 of 35 for 203 yards with a touchdown and interception. He’s a bit beaten up, so it’s possible Stafford sits this one out.

Packers vs. Lions Prediction

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