To say the Green Bay Packers have had the Detroit Lions’ number on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field would be a massive understatement. The Lions, who are set to tangle with the Pack in Wisconsin on Sunday, have not won in Wisconsin in their last 24 attempts – a streak that stretches all the way back to 1991. Yes, the last time the Lions left Green Bay with a win Boyz II Men was just beginning to soar up the charts.
The Lions have been miserable at the betting window during that span as well, going 4-18-2 ATS. As of Thursday afternoon, online sportsbook Bodog listed the green and gold as 12-point favorites for the NFC North tilt.
Considering how the past few weeks have gone for Mike McCarthy’s squad, a home date with their division rivals could be just what the doctor ordered for the Pack. Green Bay is on a rare two-game losing skid after falling to the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers on the road while failing to cover the spread in both contests.
And the Lions? You could say Matthew Stafford and company have gotten an ‘E’ for effort so far, but even that would be a stretch. Detroit is 1-7 SU and ATS – ranking in the cellar of the NFC – in a year where many pundits around the league projected them to be competitive. The seat under Jim Caldwell continues to get hotter as the lost season trudges on, and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise to see the bench boss handed his walking papers either before or at the end of the campaign.
Needless to say, it’s going to be a monumental feat if the Lions are able to snap the aforementioned two-decade losing streak in front of the Packer faithful. God speed, Lions. God speed.