Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers Week 17 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/30/2018
Sunday, December 30, 2018
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The Detroit Lions head to Lambeau Field to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, December 30, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Green Bay as 9 point favorites. The total has been set at 44.5.
The Lions are 8-7-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-9-0. The Packers are 6-8-1 against the spread and their over/under mark is 8-7-0.
Valuable Detroit Lions Betting Trends
The Detroit Lions are 6-9-0 against the over/under
The Detroit Lions are 8-7-0 against the spread
Important Green Bay Packers Betting Trends
The Green Bay Packers are 8-7-0 against the over/under
The Green Bay Packers are 6-8-1 against the spread
Key Detroit Lions Injuries
12/23/18 DT A'Shawn Robinson Knee injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs Green Bay
12/23/18 TE Luke Willson Knee left last game, is questionable Sunday vs Green Bay
12/22/18 S Charles Washington Hamstring IR
12/22/18 WR Bruce Ellington Hamstring IR
12/19/18 RB Kerryon Johnson Knee IR
12/18/18 DL Da'Shawn Hand Knee IR
12/11/18 DE Ezekiel Ansah Shoulder IR
12/11/18 TE Michael Roberts Ribs IR
12/06/18 LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Neck IR
11/26/18 WR Marvin Jones Jr. Knee IR
11/14/18 G T.J. Lang Neck IR
09/04/18 S Marcus Cromartie Undisclosed IR
09/04/18 FB Nick Bawden Knee IR
09/04/18 LB Steve Longa Knee IR
Key Green Bay Packers Injuries
12/24/18 RB Jamaal Williams Concussion is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Detroit
12/23/18 CB Jaire Alexander Groin injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs Detroit
12/23/18 T Jason Spriggs Concussion is questionable Sunday vs Detroit
12/23/18 G Lane Taylor Knee injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs Detroit
12/23/18 WR Randall Cobb Concussion is questionable Sunday vs Detroit
12/19/18 DL Kenny Clark Elbow IR
12/18/18 RB Aaron Jones Knee IR
12/12/18 T Byron Bell Knee IR
12/12/18 S Raven Greene Ankle IR
12/06/18 CB Kevin King Hamstring IR
12/06/18 WR Trevor Davis Hamstring IR
11/24/18 LB Nick Perry Knee IR
11/20/18 DL Mike Daniels Foot IR
11/06/18 WR Geronimo Allison Groin IR
09/29/18 DL Muhammad Wilkerson Ankle IR
09/25/18 CB Davon House Knee IR
08/10/18 LB Jake Ryan Knee IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Detroit Lions are 7th in the National Football League in points scored with 293. They have run 947 plays this year for 4,834 yards, which ranks them 13th in the NFL in total offense. The Lions average 5.1 yards per play, which is 10th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 300 1st downs this season, ranking them 21st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Detroit has run for 1,530 yards as a unit, which ranks 32nd in the league. They've run 366 times, averaging 4.2 yards per rush as a unit. The Lions have been penalized on offense 91 times for 818 yards so far this year, which has them 18th in the NFL in penalties. Matthew Stafford has passed for 3,511 yards this year. He's completed 347 throws while attempting 523 passes for a completion percentage of 66.3%. His quarterback rating this season is 88.7. He averages 10.1 yards per completion and 6.7 yards per pass attempt.
Detroit is 21st in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 360. They have given up a total of 5,185 yards on D, which is 27th in the league. The Lions are 25th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Their pass defense has allowed 7 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 22nd in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 304 throws on 456 attempts against the Detroit Lions defense this season, ranking them 27th and 28th in the league. The Detroit pass defense has also surrendered a total of 3,470 yards in the air, which is 27th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 390 attempts for 1,715 yards this season, putting them in 18th place in the NFL against the run. The Lions have had 89 penalties for 848 yards on defense this year. That places them 24th in the league. They've allowed a score on 36.6% of possessions on defense, which is 11th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Detroit is 10th in the NFL in punt returns with 26. They've totaled 146 punt return yards and are averaging 5.6 yards per return, which is 1st in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 16 yards. They have returned 20 kicks for 482 yards on special teams, placing them 26th in kick return yardage. The Lions average 24.1 yards per kick return and have a long of 45 yards this season. They are 11th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,728. The Detroit Lions have tried 31 field goals this season and made 27, which is 13th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 87.1%. Detroit Lions kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 26 for 26 this season. Their punters have accumulated 3,150 yards on 70 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That ranks them 25th in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Green Bay Packers have run for 1,621 yards as a team, which ranks 17th in the NFL. They've run 320 times, averaging 5.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Packers have been penalized on offense 103 times for 899 yards so far this season, which has them 25th in the league in penalties. They are 21st in the NFL in points scored with 376. They have run 970 plays this season for 5,730 yards, which ranks them 26th in the league in total offense. The Packers average 5.9 yards per play, which is 25th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 323 1st downs this year, placing them 18th overall as an offensive unit. Aaron Rodgers averages 7.5 yards per pass attempt and 12 yards per completion. He has completed 369 passes on 592 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.3%. His quarterback rating is 97.8. He has thrown for 4,416 yards this season.
The Packers rush defense has allowed 408 attempts for 1,788 yards this year, putting them in 17th place in the league against the run. Green Bay has committed 94 penalties for 758 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 6th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 37.2% of possessions on defense, which is 31st in the league. They are 26th in the league in points allowed on defense with 369. They have surrendered a total of 5,268 yards on D, which is 22nd in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers are ranked 24th in yards per play allowed with 5.6. Their pass defense has given up 6.5 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 29th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 315 passes on 494 attempts against the Green Bay defense this season, placing them 21st and 6th in the National Football League. The Packers pass defense has also given up a total of 3,480 yards through the air, which is 23rd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Green Bay Packers have attempted 37 field goals this season and made 30, which is 32nd in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 81.1%. Green Bay kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 34 for 36 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,859 yards on 65 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. That places them 20th in the NFL in punting average. Green Bay is ranked 29th in the league in punt returns with 29. They've accumulated 198 punt return yards and average 6.8 yards per return, which is 2nd in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 24 yards. They have returned 25 kicks for 533 yards on special teams, ranking 10th in kick return yardage. The Packers average 21.3 yards per kick return and have a long of 37 yards this year. They are 21st in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,823.
Who will win tonight's Lions/Packers NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Packers -9
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