COMMENTARY | The Detroit Lions have not won a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field since 1991 and the legendary stadium has been the site of massive heartbreak for the Lions. The Lions closed their infamous 0-16 season in Lambeau. Two years ago, they lost the final game of the season to backup quarterback Matt Flynn and in the process a chance at avoiding having to travel to New Orleans in the first round of the playoffs.
With two decades worth of losing bearing down on the Lions, here are five reasons why the streak will end Sunday Oct. 5 when they take on the Packers.
The Lions defense has been great thus far
Sure they gave up 32 points last week, but 14 of those came in garbage time when the Lions were willing to let the Chicago Bears have anything they wanted underneath. In years past, Aaron Rodgers - and Matt Flynn - had their way with the Lions secondary. The defensive line has been stellar this year and by putting more pressure on the QB, the secondary and linebackers have been more efficient in pass defense. The last time these two teams met Rodgers failed to pass for more than 200 yards. Don't expect similar results Sunday, but Rodgers won't be throwing for 300 yards either.
The Packers defense is terrible
Having given up 34 points to both the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers expect the Packers defense to struggle against the high-powered attack of the Lions. Reggie Bush has been spectacular for the Lions and Calvin Johnson has yet to have a game where he catches more than seven passes, which means he is due for a breakout game. What better time than against a defense giving up more than 300 yards a game through the air?
All the pressure is on Green Bay
Despite losing 22 straight games to the Packers at Lambeau, the Lions are not the ones feeling the heat this week. If the Packers lose, they fall to 1-3 on the season and two and a half games behind the Lions in the NFC North Division. The Lions may put some pressure on themselves knowing how important a win would be, but it's not nearly as much pressure as the Packers are already feeling.
Detroit's special teams look good
After a disastrous first game which involved a botched snapped on a field-goal attempt and two missed field goals in week two, the special teams unit has been solid. David Akers has been the accurate kicker he was expected to be and Michael Spurlock had a huge return in last week's win. Special teams always play a big role and the Lions appear to be trending upward for this matchup.
Matthew Stafford is due for a monster game
As mentioned above, the Packers pass defense is atrocious and Stafford hasn't thrown more than two touchdowns in a game this season. The yardage has been there, but he has just seven touchdown passes in four games.
Stafford wasn't at his best last week, but was still effective. The Packers terrible defense combined with what will be a bounce-back game for Stafford, it wouldn't be surprising if he throws for 350 yards or more and at least three touchdowns.
Matt Durr is a reporter from Michigan who has suffered as a Lions fans since he was a child. He has covered University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University athletics for Annarbor.com. Follow him on twitter @mdurr84.
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