NFL Preview: Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions Injury Updates, Predictions

Published 09/19/2020, 9:00 AM EDT


Green Bay Packers overcame a shaky start to the game against NFC North rivals Minnesota Vikings on opening weekend to seal a 43-34 win. 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers turned the clock back and put in a stellar performance. The two-time NFL MVP threw for 364 yards and completed four passing TDs to lead his team to a deserving win.

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Meanwhile, the Detroit Lions were outplayed by NFC North opponents Chicago Bears courtesy of a fourth-quarter blitz led by quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Lions coach Matt Patricia will hope that his team learned from that setback as they travel to Lambeau Field for a tough fixture against the Divisional favorites.

Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Two matchday predictions.

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Aaron Rodgers key for Green Bay Packers in first home game of the season

Head Coach Matt LaFleur’s system is beginning to show positive results in his second-year in-charge at Lambeau Field. In addition to that, Aaron Rodgers’ budding relationship with his wideouts corps. of Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling makes the Packers strong favorites heading into this tie.

Running backs, Aaron Jones, Tyler Ervin, and rookie AJ Dillon will also be utilized by LaFleur against the Lions. This should be a comfortable win for the Packers who are aiming to make another run to the NFC Championship game this year.

Detroit Lions reeling from multiple injuries to key first-team members

It’s not been a great offseason for Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions in 2020. They’ve had a few players out with injury, including one to WR Kenny Golladay who will sit out of Sunday’s crunch encounter.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was productive against the Bears in Week One, however, he lacked support from his offensive supporting cast.

Coach Patricia will need his defense to step up in order to stop the rampant Packers from wreaking havoc at Lambeau Field. The Packers won both of last year’s meetings against the Lions, but the visitors have a 3-2 lead in this series.

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NFL Preview: Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions Injury Updates

Green Bay – Out

G Lane Taylor – Knee

DT Kenny Clark – Groin

WR Equanimeous St. Brown – Knee

LB Randy Ramsey – Groin

Questionable

DL Montravius Adams – Toe

TE Josiah Deguara – Shin

S Raven Greene – Quad

G Lucas Patrick – Shoulder

RT Billy Turner – Knee

Detroit – Out

TE Hunter Bryant – Hamstring

WR Kenny Golladay – Hamstring

CB Desmond Trufant – Hamstring

G Joe Dahl – Groin

Questionable

RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai – Foot

CB Darryl Roberts – Calf

S C.J. Moore – Hamstring

DT Nick Williams – Shoulder

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Green Bay Packers 34 – 17 Detroit Lions

Sep 13, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers has a different vibe about him this year. We’re guessing the seasoned quarterback was not too pleased with the move to draft Jordan Love in the first round earlier this year. He seems like he has his eyes set on the NFL MVP award in 2020.

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Coach Matt LaFleur will look to use this newfound motivation for Rodgers in a positive way and capitalize on the field. The Packers should comfortably outplay the Lions on Sunday, which sets them up in a good position to play the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints in Week Three. This could be the year in which the Wisconsin-based franchise returns to the Super Bowl.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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