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Detroit Lions (3-1) at Green Bay Packers (1-2)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc. TV: FOX

*TV announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

*Keys to the game: Reggie Bush, averaging 144.3 yards from scrimmage in three games, has done more than add a dimension to Detroit's offense - he has become one unto himself. The Packers return from their bye week faced with contending with Bush and Calvin Johnson, who has owned Green Bay (168.3 yards per game in the past three meetings). It's vital for the Packers to make the initial tackle on Bush and get QB Matt Stafford out of his comfort zone. The Packers' running game remains a question mark. With James Starks (knee) out, the bulk of the work falls to rookies Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, who was Bush-like in his only NFL action Week 3 at Cincinnati before a game-changing fumble. QB Aaron Rodgers has never lost to the Lions (eight starts), but an active and agile defensive line could have him on the move early and often.

*Matchup to watch - Packers CBs Sam Shields and Tramon Williams vs. Lions WR Calvin Johnson -- In his past two games, Johnson tore Williams apart: 11 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown in '11 and 10 catches for 118 yards in '12. Shields more often than not bottled up another of the league's elite receivers in Cincinnati's A.J. Green in Week 3, so defensive coordinator Dom Capers probably will lean in that direction for the coverage assignment on Johnson on the outside.

*Player spotlight - Packers RG T.J. Lang: He won't be on his own against DT Ndamukong Suh, but it will take a near-flawless effort to keep the Lions' interior tandem of Suh and Nick Fairley from disrupting plays in the backfield.

*Fast facts: Packers coach Mike McCarthy is 13-1 all-time against the Lions. ... Detroit's last win in Wisconsin was in 1991.

WHO WILL WIN AND WHY

History says not to bet against Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy against the Detroit Lions. If Jim Schwartz gets his second win over the Packers in his five seasons on the job, it's time to take these Lions seriously.

*Our pick: Packers 32-23
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