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NFC North Showdown: Lions vs. Packers on Thursday Night Football

The Detroit Lions enter this game with the upper hand from their previous encounters, sweeping both matchups last season, including a Week 18 showdown that saw them eliminate the Green Bay Packers from the postseason.

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Thursday Night Football is set to heat up in Week 4 as NFC North rivals, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers, clash under the primetime spotlight at Lambeau Field. This faceoff marks the first of two meetings scheduled for this season, and it's undoubtedly a game that's loaded with history and anticipation.

The Detroit Lions enter this game with the upper hand from their previous encounters, sweeping both matchups last season, including a Week 18 showdown that saw them eliminate the Green Bay Packers from the postseason. With both teams now sporting 2-1 records this season, the stakes are high for this early-season showdown.

Kickoff is slated for 8:15 p.m. ET at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. SportsLine Consensus currently lists the Detroit Lions as a two-point favorite for this game, with the over/under set at 45.5, representing the total points expected to be scored, according to Vegas oddsmakers. But before you place your bets and make your NFL predictions, it's wise to hear what R.J. White, SportsLine's resident Packers expert, has to say. White, who also serves as a Fantasy and gambling editor for CBS Sports, boasts an impressive track record of consistently delivering against-the-spread picks.

White's prowess in making picks extends over the years, with a remarkable 535-450-30 record on his ATS picks from 2017-22, earning more than $3,500 for $100 players. Moreover, his 2022 NFL season closed on a high note with a stunning 107-80-6 run on his last 193 against-the-spread and total NFL picks, netting more than $1,800 for $100 bettors. When it comes to predicting Green Bay's outcomes, White has been nothing short of outstanding, boasting a 60-21-2 record on his last 83 spread picks involving the Packers.

Now, R.J. White has focused his expertise on the upcoming clash between the Packers and the Lions, and he's ready to share his picks and TNF predictions, which you can find on SportsLine. Before we dive into his insights, let's take a look at some key NFL odds and betting lines for this highly-anticipated matchup:

Packers vs. Lions spread: Lions -2

Packers vs. Lions over/under: 45.5 points

Packers vs. Lions money line: Lions -130, Packers +110

DET: Lions are 14-6 against the spread in their last 20 games

GB: Packers are 11-9 against the spread in their last 20 games

So, why might the Lions have the edge in this matchup? Well, quarterback Jared Goff has been making waves in the NFL through the first three weeks of the season. He ranks in the top 10 for several categories, including passing yards, completions, passing touchdowns, passer rating, and completion rate. Goff is also excelling in sack avoidance and QBR, showcasing his ability to stay calm under pressure. His track record against the Packers is impressive, winning four out of six matchups and boasting ten touchdowns against only two interceptions in those games.

Furthermore, Detroit is riding a three-game winning streak against Green Bay, displaying their dominance in recent head-to-head encounters. The Lions are on a hot streak, having scored at least 20 points in 12 consecutive games, and they're ranking in the top 10 in various offensive categories, showcasing their prowess on that side of the ball.

On the flip side, the Packers have some strong arguments for covering the spread in this game. Green Bay has been nearly invincible in their home games, boasting a 14-4 record in their last 18 outings at Lambeau Field. They'll be energized by their passionate fanbase in this matchup.

Defensively, the Packers have set the tone this season by allowing just 4.9 yards per play through three games. In their Week 3 victory over the New Orleans Saints, they surrendered a mere 4.2 yards per play. They've also been stingy with points, giving up only 20.7 per game, and have been especially tough in critical situations, with opponents converting on just 31% of third-down attempts. Their red zone defense is stout, allowing a touchdown on only 44.4% of red zone trips.

One of Green Bay's standout defensive assets is Rashan Gary, a former first-round pick from Michigan. Gary had an exceptional Week 3 performance, recording three sacks, and currently ranks in the top eight in the NFL for sacks this season. This comes after he tallied six sacks in only nine games in 2022.

In conclusion, Thursday Night Football promises an electrifying NFC North showdown between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. With both teams sporting 2-1 records and a rich history of rivalry, this game is a must-watch for football fans. SportsLine's expert R.J. White has locked in his picks, so be sure to check them out before placing your bets. Whether it's the Lions' offensive firepower or the Packers' defensive prowess, this game is sure to deliver excitement and drama on the gridiron.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

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