Week 12 Preview: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Lions Week 12 Preview

The Detroit Lions are coming into their traditional Thanksgiving matchup off a comeback win over the Chicago Bears in which they scored the Bears 17-6 in the final quarter and 17-3 in the last four and a half minutes of the game. The Packers are coming in off a thrilling win over the Los Angeles Chargers 23-20 and will look to avenge their Week Four loss to the Lions as they look to stay in the playoff hunt.

Detroit Lions 8-2 (1st Place in NFC North) vs. Green Bay Packers 4-6 (3rd Place in NFC North)

Date: Thursday, November 23
Time:  12:30 p.m. EST
TV Channel: FOX
Location: Ford Field, Detroit, MI
Line: Lions -7.5 / O/U: 47.5

2023 Season Stats


2023 Offense P/G (League Rank) 
Total Yards: 399.6 (2)
Passing Yards: 263.0 (4)
Rushing Yards: 136.6 (5)
2023 Defense (League Rank) 
Total Yards Allowed: 313.0 (9)
Passing Yards Allowed: 223.5 (16)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 89.5 (5)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 27.2 (6)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 22.9 (22)

Green Bay:

2023 Offense (per game averages) 
Total Yards: 319.6 (21)
Passing Yards: 217.5 (19)
Rushing Yards: 102.1 (21)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 327.9 (17)
Passing Yards Allowed: 193.2 (7)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 134.7 (28)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 20.2 (21)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 20.2 (10)

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Green Bay Leads 105-76-7
Current streak: Detroit has won four straight
Last Detroit win: 9/28/2023 (34-20)
Last Green Bay win: 9/20/2021 (35-17)

2023 Top Players

Detroit Lions

Passing: Jared Goff – 246-361, 2743 yards, 16-8 (TD-INT)
Rushing: David Montgomery – 118 ATT, 577 YDS, 8 TD
Receiving: Amon-Ra St. Brown – 73 REC, 898 YDS, 5 TD
Tackles: Alex Anzalone – 81 (54-27)
Sacks: Aidan Hutchinson – 5.5
Interceptions: Jerry Jacobs – 3

Green Bay Packers

Passing: Jordan Love – 203-340, 2331 YDS, 16-10 (TD-INT)
Rushing: AJ Dillon – 117 ATT, 405 YDS, 1 TD
Receiving: Jayden Reed – 32 REC, 463 YDS, 4 TD
Tackles: Quay Walker – 73 (38-35)
Sacks: Rashan Gary – 5.5
Interceptions: Rudy Ford – 2

Lions Players To Watch:

Offense: Running Back – David Montgomery

Montgomery and Gibbs have combined to be a dominating backfield this season, and now Montgomery, back healthy, will get a chance to feast after rushing for 121 yards on 32 carries against the Packers back in Week Four, and the Packers run defense ranks in bottom five entering this matchup.

Defense: Cornerback – Jerry Jacobs

Jacobs feasted in the last matchup against Green Bay, recording two picks for 34 yards, and he finished with five tackles and four pass deflections. Look for him to put up similar numbers in this one as he looks to continue to leave his mark for the pass defense.

Bottom Line: Detroit Lions Look to Stay Undefeated against the NFC North

The Lions are 2-0 in the division play and will look to continue that way with their traditional Thanksgiving game. The Lions beat the Packers back in Week Four on Thursday night football in a game that Detroit completely dominated. Since then, the Lions have gone 5-1 and have looked just as dominating on offense. The defense has been a little skeptical, but this will be a game they can get right and get back into form before some tougher matchups come toward the end of the season, which is perfect for them to prepare for the playoffs.


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