Coming off of five straight losses, and 19 straight losses to divisional foes, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario where the Lions, as led by third string QB Drew Stanton, stand even a remote chance of defeating the Packers.
The Packers are on a roll and the Lions remaining prospects for the 2010 season are flagging at best. Aaron Rodgers has come into his own and injuries are starting to decimate the Lions defense.
That being said, the Lions played the Packers about as well as anyone could have reasonably expected at Lambeau Field, earlier in the season. The Lions have most played teams close this season, but have found incredibly innovative ways in which to snatch defeat from the gaping maw of victory. It has been a little painful.
At any rate, Drew Stanton played favorably against the Bears, and the Lions did an excellent job of keeping the game managably within the realm of his third string capabilities. The Lions will need to do the same against the Packers, since they will likely heap a pile of exotic blitz packages onto Stanton’s shoulders.
The Lions will also need to find the means to get Calvin Johnson more involved in their offense, especially with a limited Charles Woodson attempting to cover him. Perennially, Johnson has been underutilized by the Lions and with the injury to Jahvid Best he has been their one true offensive playmakers.
All things considered, I just can’t see a scenario where the Lions defense will be able to limit the Packers offense. Game Over.
Packers 31 Lions 20