Detroit News scouting report: Packers at Lions
Packers at Lions
Kicking off: Sunday, 4:25 p.m., Ford Field, Detroit
TV / radio: Fox / WJR 760
Records: Packer 9-3; Lions 5-7
Line: Packer up to 7.5
Matt Schoch cancels Lions Week 14 matchup against the Green Bay Packers for The Detroit News:
AARON RODGERS VS. LIONS PASS DEFENSE
Maybe you’ve heard of him. The Packers quarterback is so damn good while the Lions defense is so damn bad. There’s nothing particularly interesting about this matchup as it’s as one-sided as it gets. If the Lions stand any chance against Rodgers, players like Justin Coleman and Amani Oruwariye will unexpectedly have to play some games. It happened before when Rodgers made eight interceptions in 21 career games against Detroit, along with 43 touchdowns (!), Which is more than two per game.
Aaron Rodgers, QB: No. 12 still rules NFC Nord. At 37, you’d think he’s no longer the consistent MVP candidate he once was. You would be wrong. He’s probably half a step behind Patrick Mahomes in the prizes race, but hell missed 23 teams by evading him in the 2005 NFL Draft. This year Matt Millen picked Mike Williams in 10th place in case you need a reminder.
►Davante Adams, WR: Adams was knocked out of the first game between those teams with a hamstring injury that knocked him out for three more games. He could still break his career bests in catches and yards. Adams averages more than eight catches and 100 yards per game, in addition to more than one touchdown per week. Hopefully you won’t play him in your fantasy football playoffs.
►Rashan Gary, FROM: The former pass rusher from Michigan has already doubled his bag count compared to last season to 4.0 and is second in the team. Gary has started the last two games for Green Bay. As his career progresses, we’ll see if Gary is able to consistently deliver for the green and gold. Gary never seemed to live up to high expectations at Ann Arbor, but he should have a long NFL career ahead of him.
Facts and figures
► Packers running back Aaron Jones may earn 1,000 yards for his second straight season despite missing three games. He’s also averaging over 5 yards per carry for the third season of his four-year career. Yes, this offense is quite dangerous.
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► Green Bay is second in the league and averages 396.6 meters of total offense per game. Detroit lost 395.6 yards per game, the fifth most. Math tells us Rodgers & Co. will get about 400 yards. Probably more, if we’re honest.
► How about punting statistics? Punter Jack Fox is one of the few bright spots in Detroit. His 49.9 yards per punt lead the league qualification, by far the best season mark in franchise history. Pro Football Reference has Fox’s season as the ninth best season average of all time. Can he finish with an average of over 50 meters?
Matt Schoch is a writer for PlayMichigan.com and freelance for The Detroit News.