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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/18/2012Line$ LineOU LineScore




GREEN BAY (6 - 3) at DETROIT (4 - 5)
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Week 11 Sunday, 11/18/2012 1:00 PM
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GREEN BAY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games6-3-0.64-56-326.614.2349.0(5.6)0.920.88.3341.9(5.4)1.3
Road Games2-2-1.32-23-127.713.0363.2(5.9)
Last 3 Games3-0+22-12-128.315.0341.3(5.3)0.717.38.3345.0(5.5)1.3
Dome Games1-1-1.31-12-028.515.5379.0(6.4)0.525.04.5409.0(5.8)1.0
Division Games1-0+11-00-123.013.0321.0(5.3)
GREEN BAY - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.614.222.230:0526-99(3.8)25-3767.0%250(6.8)63-349(5.6)(13.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.20.210.419.630:5526-115(4.3)21-3560.4%224(6.4)62-339(5.5)(16.8)
Offense Road Games27.713.022.529:5025-98(3.9)25-3669.2%265(7.3)62-363(5.9)(13.1)
Defense (All Games)20.88.319.629:5525-98(4)22-3957.1%244(6.3)63-342(5.4)(16.5)
Opponents Offensive Avg.21.610.919.531:5028-116(4.2)20-3460.8%220(6.5)61-336(5.5)(15.6)
Defense Road Games22.06.521.030:1027-111(4.1)21-3756.8%233(6.3)64-344(5.4)(15.6)
GREEN BAY - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-534.9%2-142.9%2-57(24.4)2-10(6.3)9-73
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 13-536.7%1-155.5%2-51(21.7)20-2(8.4)7-57
Stats Against (Road Games) 13-535.2%2-142.9%2-47(23.6)1-9(7.4)9-79

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-5-2.34-57-224.08.3406.1(5.9)1.624.711.9329.8(5.5)1.1
Home Games2-1+0.41-22-122.710.0395.0(5.7)1.722.314.3282.3(5.3)0.7
Last 3 Games2-1+0.52-13-027.712.7405.7(6.2)
Dome Games2-2-1.11-33-123.08.2388.2(5.8)1.725.214.0312.5(5.5)0.5
Division Games0-3-4.11-21-214.73.0349.7(5.4)2.322.312.0308.7(5)0.0
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)24.08.324.831:3024-99(4.1)29-4564.3%307(6.9)69-406(5.9)(16.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.710.720.331:4827-112(4.1)22-3662.4%226(6.3)63-338(5.4)(15.6)
Offense Home Games22.710.025.731:4620-74(3.7)32-4964.9%321(6.5)69-395(5.7)(17.4)
Defense (All Games)24.711.919.429:5226-116(4.4)23-3466.1%214(6.3)60-330(5.5)(13.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.219.718.930:5828-129(4.7)20-3262.2%201(6.3)60-330(5.5)(15.7)
Defense Home Games22.314.316.728:1425-113(4.6)19-2967.4%170(5.9)53-282(5.3)(12.6)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-537.1%0-0100.0%3-83(24.1)2-26(12.8)6-50
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 13-535.6%1-157.9%3-66(23.4)20-2(9.1)7-55
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-330.3%0-0100.0%2-67(28.9)2-37(22.4)5-54
Average power rating of opponents played: GREEN BAY 20.7,  DETROIT 18.8
GREEN BAY - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/24/2012@ SEATTLE12-14L-3L45U21-8426-39-184029-12710-21-1110
9/30/2012NEW ORLEANS28-27W-7.5L54O25-10231-41-319219-4535-54-4290
10/7/2012@ INDIANAPOLIS27-30L-6L49.5O23-14121-33-215130-11931-55-3451
10/14/2012@ HOUSTON42-24W4W46.5O31-9924-37-328028-9022-38-2313
10/21/2012@ ST LOUIS30-20W-4W45O26-7030-37-332022-10821-34-2461
11/18/2012@ DETROIT            
11/25/2012@ NY GIANTS            
12/16/2012@ CHICAGO            

DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/23/2012@ TENNESSEE41-44L-3.5L47O36-14143-55-442119-5929-42-3782
10/14/2012@ PHILADELPHIA26-23W3.5W47.5O28-13822-45-311129-7128-46-2863
10/22/2012@ CHICAGO7-13L6.5W44.5U18-9928-46-241432-17117-32-1250
11/4/2012@ JACKSONVILLE31-14W-6W44O34-14922-33-285020-6427-38-2152
11/11/2012@ MINNESOTA24-34L-3L46O17-6028-42-308235-18924-32-2140
11/18/2012GREEN BAY            
12/9/2012@ GREEN BAY            
12/16/2012@ ARIZONA            
GREEN BAY: The running game is an afterthought for the Packers, more often something Aaron Rodgers audibles to at the line. It's a zone-blocking scheme and they've had good success with it. James Starks is the only back on the roster whose had significant NFL experience, but coach Mike McCarthy has leaned towards a time share in recent years (a big reason why they spent a third-round pick on Alex Green in 2010). Green, if he's recovered from a torn ACL, or Brandon Saine should work their way into a timeshare, with Starks taking about 60 percent of the reps. John Kuhn will take short-yardage duties. The Packers have shown a lot of versatility in their passing game, throwing almost everything downfield. Greg Jennings still gets the most looks, with Jordy Nelson taking advantage of single coverage and out-producing him despite fewer targets. They'll primarily play three-wide and go four-wide often, with James Jones set to take on a bigger role as the third receiver. They also rotate their receivers frequently, even Jennings and Nelson. Jermichael Finley works medium-to-deep in the middle of the field. The backs serve as check downs, but Rodgers is often willing to throw into coverage and trust his receivers. Green Bay is very pass-happy in the red zone; they threw more than 70 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations, a higher rate than any team in the NFL. Green Bay tied for the league lead with 38 forced turnovers last year, and will continue to pick off passes with a ball-hungry secondary that frequently takes chances. The addition of run-clogging DTs Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir will allow relentless pass rusher Clay Matthews to get to the quarterback. Desmond Bishop has been a rock since moving into the starting lineup in 2010, averaging 8.5 tackles per game over 25 career starts. He's also the rare inside linebacker who can pick up a sack nearly every other game. Despite his age, Charles Woodson is still a force who will force turnovers whether he plays cornerback or safety, and he has become one of the NFL's better defensive backs in run support. The other starters in the secondary'Morgan Burnett, Tramon Williams and Charles Peprah'go for the big play, but end up surrendering as many as they make.
DETROIT: The Lions couldn't run the ball last year, so they pretty much stopped trying: They were the NFL's most pass-heavy offense, throwing 66.4 percent of the time. When they do run it's often out of a spread passing formation; more than 40 percent of their running plays were out of the shotgun. Jahvid Best will take the majority of the reps as long as he's healthy, with Kevin Smith and Mikel Leshoure rotating in. Leshoure figures to be in line for short-yardage and more traditional running formations, and he could see a handful of short touchdowns as the team's goal line back. This is an aggressive downfield passing game that has Matthew Stafford looking to get the ball to Calvin Johnson on just about every play. They'll start using Titus Young to stretch the middle of the field, and Nate Burleson is often targeted at the line of scrimmage (rookie Ryan Broyles is his heir apparent). Brandon Pettigrew is pretty much a possession wide receiver working the middle of the field, whereas No. 2 TE Tony Scheffler, who only plays about 30 percent of the snaps, stretches the middle of the field. Best and Smith are heavily involved in the screen game. Not surprisingly, the Lions threw a ton in the red zone last year. They scored 37 touchdowns from 19 yards or less last year, and only eight were rushing. When they throw in the red zone, Johnson is targeted most of the time with Pettigrew not far behind. The Lions defense has improved tremendously over the past four years. Detroit still allows too many points and yards against the league's top offenses, but this unit has the ability to punish below-average offenses. Expect breakout years from young star DLs Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh, who will enter the season injury-free and out to prove to the world that he can dominate legally, and not just stomp on unprotected offensive linemen. DL Kyle Vanden Bosch started 2012 strong before fizzling in the second half of the season (13 solo tackles, three sacks). He's certainly on the downside of his career. Stephen Tulloch didn't match his gaudy 2010 tackle numbers after coming over from Tennessee to join a unit that has two active outside linebackers in DeAndre Levy and Justin Durant, but he's reliable in the middle, especially against the run.
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*Packers-Lions Preview* =======================


Though their bye week seemed to come at a good time, the Green Bay Packers are still plenty banged up.

Far from full strength despite a week off, the Packers can win a fifth straight game Sunday as it visits the Detroit Lions, who can't afford many more disappointments if they plan on returning to the playoffs.

Recent history favors Green Bay, which is 11-1 against the Lions under coach Mike McCarthy.

A string of four consecutive wins has the Packers (6-3) within one game of Chicago for first place in the NFC North. They went into the bye after a 31-17 victory over Arizona on Nov. 4, then McCarthy gave the team the entire week off.

It was sorely needed, with the likes of Greg Jennings and Charles Woodson already injured, not to mention Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson and Bryan Bulaga all getting hurt against the Cardinals. While Woodson (collarbone) remains sidelined, Bulaga (hip) became the 11th Packer to be placed on injured reserve Monday. Matthews (hamstring) was ruled out for this game and it does not appear Jennings (groin) will return, though Nelson (ankle) practiced Wednesday and could play.

Considering the Packers have already overcome many injuries to bounce back from a 2-3 start, they seem to be in good position to begin the stretch run. Five of their final seven games are against NFC North opponents, with Sunday's game giving them an opportunity for a franchise record ninth straight divisional win.

"I like where we're at," said Aaron Rodgers, whose 107.4 passer rating ranks second in the NFL behind Peyton Manning. His 25 touchdown passes are tied with Drew Brees for the league lead.

Rodgers is 6-1 against the Lions with 16 passing TDs compared to four interceptions.

"We've had some adversity early in the season. We've come together, we've taken some heat and it's brought us closer together," Rodgers said.

"We've got a lot of guys who, if we can have back in the mix, we can really take off."

A two-game win streak for the Lions (4-5) came to an end Sunday with a 34-24 loss at Minnesota.

Detroit can take some comfort in five of its final seven games coming at home, but the list of opponents is less than comfortable: Green Bay twice along with Houston, Indianapolis, Arizona, Atlanta, and Chicago. The only team among that group which doesn't have a winning record is the Cardinals.

"We don't have a whole lot of wiggle room for mistakes down the stretch. We have to play our best," coach Jim Schwartz said. "It's life in the NFL. You have to do that all the time."

The Lions' defense is ranked 10th in the league at 329.7 yards per game but was awful when it last faced the Packers. Detroit allowed 550 yards in a 45-41 loss to close the 2011 regular season even though Rodgers didn't play.

Last Sunday's performance might not give the Lions much confidence. They allowed 171 rushing yards to Adrian Peterson, let Christian Ponder complete 24 of 32 passes and watched Minnesota post its highest point total of the season.

Schwartz defended the unit, highlighting the play of tackles Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh.

"Nick had one of the best games he's played since he's been here, but a lot like the rest of our team, a couple mistakes overshadowed the good things that he did," Schwartz said. "I thought Ndamukong Suh might have played the best game he's played since he's been here."

Green Bay could take advantage of a vulnerable run defense after a surprisingly strong showing against Arizona. The Packers ran for 176 yards, their most since netting 202 against Cleveland on Oct. 25, 2009. They had four players - Rodgers, Randall Cobb, James Starks and Alex Green - record at least 25 rushing yards for the first time since 2003.

The Lions lead the league with 307.3 passing yards per game, and Calvin Johnson is coming off his finest performance of the season with 12 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown. But they want to buck a trend of slow starts that has forced them to play from behind and rely so much on that passing attack.

Detroit's first-half scoring differential is minus-23, tied for 27th. They've tied or trailed entering the final period in all but one game this season, but own a plus-28 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Green Bay, which has won 20 of the last 23 meetings with Detroit, is 5-1 after the bye week under McCarthy.

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