Detroit Lions: 3 Bold predictions vs. Packers, Week 6

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The Detroit Lions have the chance to make a statement against the Packers on Monday Night Football. Bold predictions for the Lions in Week 6.

Coming out of their bye week, there are encouraging signs for the Detroit Lions as to how good this team can actually be. Matt Patricia’s squad may be only 2-1-1 through their first four games but with a win in Philadelphia and hanging with the Chiefs, the Lions 100 percent look like a legitimate playoff threat in the NFC — as do their division rivals and opponents on Monday Night Football in Week 6, the Green Bay Packers.

Green Bay will host the Lions in primetime at Lambeau Field, boasting a 4-1 record and impressing. Not only do they have Aaron Rodgers and a revamped defense that has played well but running back Aaron Jones is coming off of a four-touchdown outing against Dallas. Matthew Stafford and Detroit will have a lot to contend with in this matchup.

Having said that, good teams compete against other good teams. Thus, the Detroit Lions have a lot to prove at Lambeau Field. To see if they can do that, here are three bold predictions for the Pride against the Packers on Monday night.

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3. Kerryon carries on for 125+ yards

While there has been no question since the offseason that Kerryon Johnson is the Lions top running back option, his performance was called into question through Weeks 1-3. Johnson has only 126 yards combined on 48 carries through the first three games, looking quite bad. However, in the loss to the Chiefs, he bounced back in a huge way with 125 yards on 26 carries.

For as celebrated as Green Bay’s new-look defense has been this year, their run defense has left something to be desired. The Packers have given up 138.2 rushing yards per game and that’s with the Week 5 win over Dallas factored in as the Cowboys had to throw to catch up for much of the game. They’ll struggle to slow down Johnson, who will go back-to-back with 125-yard outings.

2. Secondary struggles against depleted Packers receivers

Overall, the Lions defense has done some impressive things this season. Having said that, they have been far from perfect and that has been especially true when it comes to their pass defense. Detroit has given up 293.8 yards per game through the air so far in 2019. Furthermore, the secondary is banged up with rookie Amani Oruwariye out and both Quandre Diggs and Darius Slay on the injury report.

Though the Packers won’t have Davante Adams on Monday night, Aaron Rodgers will still find a way to pick the Lions secondary apart. He’ll end the night with only his second 300-yard game of the season to this point, despite his one proven reliable wide receiver not being in the lineup. That’ll put the Lions in a position to make something happen late.

1. Stafford orchestrates game-winning drive late in fourth quarter

Though he has been plenty maligned throughout his time with the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford has also had a number of big moments. One thing that has always stood out is his performance late in close games. Just a few seasons ago, he was a fourth-quarter comeback king and that will resurface at Lambeau Field on Monday Night Football.

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Stafford has quietly been better than people realize this season, throwing for 1,122 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions through only four games. He has a nice host of weapons and, facing a late-game deficit against the rival Packers, he’ll put those guys to use. We’ll see some Stafford magic as they move to 3-1-1 on the year with a road victory.