The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, a game that will decide the fate of the NFC North, and also the playoff fate for both teams in what should be a great week 17 showdown.
Remember last season when the Packers hosted the Minnesota Vikings in week 17 only to lose and have to go on the road in the postseason? The team doesn’t want to relive that fate again, and this time they want to make sure to get the job done.
The Lions will be at home, but will also be playing on a short week after losing in Dallas Monday night 42-21 after having a 21-14 lead at one point.
“If we get a win, we win the division and get a home playoff game,” said Lions starting QB Matthew Stafford. “That’s the focus right now, and I can just see it standing right there.”
The Packers have the momentum edge, as the Lions have lost two straight after five straight wins, while the Packers have won five straight following a November 20th loss to the Redskins.
The game film from the week three battle between the two teams will be looked over, a game that was won by the Packers 34-27, but a lot has changed from that game.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers should get MVP consideration for the way he’s played over the last month plus, and combined with the way he and Jordy Nelson have played together, it’s tough to think they can be beat.
Detroit will be coming for Rodgers, and the Packers offensive line could have a big impact on this game, as they have to do a good job setting up time for ARod to throw.
The same goes for the Packers D, which needs to pressure Stafford and force him into mistakes. If the Packers can do that, they should be playing in Lambeau in a wild card game the following weekend.
If not, they could have a fate just like a season ago.