It is still too early in the NFL season to start talking about the Wild Card race, but you can certainly look at the state of both conferences and see that it’s going to be a tight battle. You see this by looking at how the divisional races are playing out in the early going, as you have a couple that are simply too close to call at this point. The AFC South is incredibly wide-open, although the Houston Texans knocking off the Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend may suddenly have installed them as the favorite. Another division that is shaping up to be a close one is the NFC North, and it could get even tighter on Monday night, with the Detroit Lions set to head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers, who are currently sitting in the top spot in the division. This is a division where every team is sitting with a winning record, so this is going to be a tough one to call. The Packers are favored by 3 ½ at home, with the point total set as 45 ½.
When: Monday, October 14 at 8:15 PM EST
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay
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Why bet on the Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions are sitting at 2-1-1 after playing their first 4 games, but they are perhaps a little unlucky not to have a better record than that. Their tie came in the opening week when they let a 4th quarter lead slip away in a rousing comeback by the Arizona Cardinals. They were also a little unlucky to lose to the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that was back and forth and could have gone any way. While the Detroit Lions have beaten the Packers in 4 of their last 5 meetings, they do not seem to do very well at Lambeau Field, where they are just 3-17 SU in their last 20 visits. Where they have been good, though, is against the spread when playing on the road. They are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 visits to Lambeau and have the same record in their last 5 road games overall.
Why bet on the Green Bay Packers
It was tough to know what to expect from the Green Bay Packers this season, which is generally always the case when a team starts the year with a new head coach at the helm. It has not been the smoothest of starts for the Packers, but they have still managed to put together a 4-1 SU record. It was the offense that was put under the spotlight after a less than stellar 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears in the opening week of the season, but they also appear to be ironing out the wrinkles, as the Packers have averaged around 27 PPG in their last 4 games. 5 of the last 5 divisional games for the Packers have gone UNDER, as have 6 of their last 9 games versus NFC opponents.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Divisional games are often the toughest to pick, but I think that I am going to go with the Packers to win and cover, simply because the Lions have been so poor at Lambeau.
Detroit Lions 17 Green Bay Packers 27