Week 4 of the NFL season opens with an NFC North rivalry meeting at Lambeau Field, as old rivals the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers meet on Thursday Night Football. Detroit comes into this one having defeated Atlanta 20-6 at home as three-point favorites. Meanwhile, Green Bay won an 18-17 home victory against New Orleans, covering as one-point underdogs at book closing time. Overall, in regular season play between these teams the Packers lead with a 103-75-7 advantage; however, Detroit has won the last three meetings.
Green Bay mounted an inspired fourth-quarter comeback against New Orleans at home Sunday to make up for their last-second loss against Atlanta the week before. The Packers improved to 2-1 on the year and are tied for first in the NFC North with Detroit; with a victory here, they hope to seize sole ownership. Green Bay was inactive through most of the first three quarters before outscoring New Orleans 18-0 in the fourth to take control. To secure victory, however, they had to endure Blake Grupe’s missed 46-yard field goal attempt with 1:10 remaining and weather a one-point deficit by scoring 18 unanswered goals during that final frame. Green Bay outgained New Orleans by 340-252, picking up 21 first downs while only surrendering 15. Additionally, they held an edge in time of possession with 32:35 over 27:25; all these numbers helped offset Green Bay’s sole turnover during this contest.
Detroit recovered from their overtime loss to Seattle by shutting down Atlanta at home Sunday afternoon in their prior contest, defeating them 20-6 and maintaining first place in the NFC North with the Packers. A 45-yard touchdown pass from Jared Goff to rookie tight end Sam LaPorta helped fuel 17 unanswered points by Detroit, giving them an insurmountable 20-3 lead with 9:50 remaining en route to victory. They held an overwhelming 358-183 advantage in total offense; picked up 18 first downs while only giving 16, owned 32:57 of time of possession over their opponent; neither team committed a turnover during play.
Green Bay was fortunate to defeat New Orleans, which was helped when Derek Carr was injured on a Rashan Gary sack in the second half. The Packers now face a Lions team who have defeated them three straight times, most recently in Week 18, forcing Green Bay out of playoff contention. Detroit has looked strong offensively during their first three games, with Goff connecting well with his receivers. Detroit now has LaPorta as a pass-receiving threat at the tight end position, giving them something they lacked before. Back the visitors for this contest.
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