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Detroit News predictions: Packers at Lions

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The Detroit News’ Justin Rogers, Rod Beard, John Niyo and Bob Wojnowski forecast the outcome of Sunday’s Packers at Lions game (1:00 p.m., Fox / WJR 760).

Justin Rogers: The Lions are still flawed, but last week’s win over the Bears showed that watching the track can be fun. This is especially true for offenses where the return of the deep passing attack should mean more big games and more points. That is the optimistic side of the current situation. The downside is that the defense is still a mess, and you can’t be a mess against the Packers who come to town with one of the more complete offensive attacks in football. Bet that over. Packers 38, Lions 27

Rod Beard: The Lions took a nice win on Darrell Bevell’s debut last week, but the stakes against the division-leading Packers are a bit higher. Matthew Stafford had a great day against Chicago, but the defense has more to do. Green Bay has won four of its last five games and 16 TD passes in its last five games. The Lions may get D’Andre Swift back from an injury, but Kenny Golladay’s absence remains the biggest problem. Packer 31, Lions 24

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John Niyo: The Lions offensive might have found a rhythm and the defense was better on at least third downs. But this is a Green Bay team that amassed nearly 500 yards against Detroit in week 2, and the injuries only made things worse in secondary school. Packer 34, Lions 24

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Bob Wojnowski: If the Lions under Darrell Bevell are really energized, we’ll find out quickly. Green Bay (9-3) will win the division but will fight New Orleans (10-2) for number 1. So, no, Aaron Rodgers will not give up. It looks like an utter disparity against Lions secondary, and when Detroit gets more aggressive, Rodgers is a lightning killer. Running back from Aaron Jones makes it a productive double Aaron attack. The hope for the Lions is that D’Andre Swift will return and deliver a burst or two. Matthew Stafford will be busy keeping up again, and he will be doing it for a while. Lions may have more spirit under Bevell, but they don’t have more defense. Packers 38, Lions 23

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