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Detroit Lions: Three Things to Watch in Detroit Lions’ Week 5 Matchup Against Green Bay Packers

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COMMENTARY | The Detroit Lions (3-1) face their second NFC North opponent in as many weeks as they take on the Green Bay Packers -- who are fresh off a bye week -- at Lambeau Field in Week 5.

The Packers (1-2) haven't looked as dominant as they have in recent years, but injuries and a porous offense line that has allowed 10 sacks in three games is more to blame than Aaron Rodgers.

The early bye week was a blessing for the Packers, as they hope to get Eddie Lacy back, who didn't play in the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 and had one rush for 10 yards in the Packers' Week 2 win against the Washington Redskins.

The Lions are dealing with their own set of injuries and could be without Calvin Johnson and Chris Houston against the Packers.

Here are three things to watch in the Lions' matchup against the Packers:

Lions sign wide receiver Kevin Ogletree

With the loss of Nate Burleson, the Lions made an addition to their receiving corps. Earlier this week, they signed Kevin Ogletree. Yes, the same Kevin Ogletree that had 114 yards receiving and two touchdowns on eight catches for the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener last year.

Everybody and their mother rushed to the waiver wire to pick up Ogletree for their fantasy team, and he had just 322 yards and two touchdowns the rest of the year.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released him on Tuesday, October 1, and the Lions needed to add some depth to their already depleted receiving corps. Ogletree had eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in four games for the Bucs this season.

It's highly unlikely Ogletree will have another game like he did in the season opener last year, but he has more upside than Kris Durham and should be somewhat productive.

Calvin Johnson, Chris Houston sit out practice Thursday

To add to the Lions' receiver injuries, they could be without Calvin Johnson against the Packers. Johnson has a knee injury and also sat out Wednesday's practice in addition to Thursday's.

If Johnson is out, that means Ryan Broyles, Ogletree, Durham, Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew would see a lot more action.

In addition to Johnson, cornerback Chris Houston sustained a hamstring injury against the Bears and could be out against the Packers as well.

Houston's absence would be a big loss. He leads the team in passes defended with six and is one of the better secondary players for the Lions. Luckily for Detroit, it appears Rashean Mathis will play against the Packers.

Mathis missed the final three quarters against the Bears after it appeared he sustained a concussion. He passed two tests, but the Lions held him out for the rest of the game based on the Bears doctors' evaluation.

Rodgers is capable of torching any defense. This is why it will be vitally important the Lions front four get to Rodgers early and often. If Rodgers has any amount of time to sit in the pocket and find his targets, the Lions defense will be in for a long day.

Packers pass defense is weak

The Packers have the fifth worst pass defense in the NFL giving up an average of 304.5 yards per game through the air. It's a small sample size, but this stat is favorable for the Lions.

Without Johnson, the Lions wouldn't have a deep threat option, and the Packers may be able to exploit that.

Reggie Bush will be called upon again to lead the ground attack in an attempt to open up the passing game.

Matthew Stafford has been a lot smarter with the ball and more accurate than he was last year. He could have a big game if Johnson is cleared to play.

The Lions have almost equaled their win total from last year, but they will have to wait another week to tie it. The Packers will be well-rested after coming off their bye week, and the Lions could be playing without Johnson and Houston.

Plus, Rodgers is 8-1 as a starter against the Lions. He's tough to beat, and he's even tougher to beat at Lambeau Field. Lions fall to 3-2.

Prediction: Packers win 34-30

Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Lions for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can follow Tom on Twitter.

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