Justin Rogers, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer their predictions on the outcome of Sunday’s Lions-Packers game at Ford Field in Detroit (1 p.m., Fox/760).
Justin Rogers: Detroit’s defensive strength is its secondary, but Aaron Rodgers is the most efficient quarterback in NFL history for good reason. He doesn’t make many mistakes and his mobility extends plays, even with his balky knee. Combine that threat with big-play back Aaron Jones, and I’m not confident the Lions will be able to keep pace against an improved Packers defense. Packers, 26-23
John Niyo: For all the focus on the Lions running game, this is another opportunity for Matthew Stafford and that receiving corps to have a big day. The only question is whether Matt Patricia’s defense can hold up its end of the bargain against an injury-depleted Green Bay offense. Lions, 31-24
Bob Wojnowski: Aaron Rodgers is dealing with an achy knee and hasn’t been happy with the Packers’ offense. On top of that, Green Bay’s receiving corps is banged up, and might be missing Randall Cobb and Davante Adams. Theoretically, this is a chance for the Lions’ defense to get after the quarterback, especially if Ziggy Ansah returns. At 1-3, the Lions are teetering, and the last time they were teetering, they bashed the Patriots. It won’t be a bashing, but it’ll be an entertaining battle. Lions, 27-24