Since the start of the 2006 season, the Green Bay Packers are 17-4 straight up and 15-6 against the spread vs. the Detroit Lions. With another win against the Lions on Sunday night at Ford Field, the Packers would lock up the NFC North division title.
Green Bay is a 3.5-point road favorite in Detroit at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Packers have won 20 of their last 23 games played in Week 17.
Green Bay’s defense gave up a staggering 38.3 points per game across an 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS run that put the team’s playoff hopes in serious peril at 4-6 SU and 3-6-1 ATS. But that unit has allowed only 17.6 points per game over the Packers’ current 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS run, and the offense has churned out 30.8 points per game over that stretch.
With both sides of the ball in sync, Green Bay enters Sunday with a chance to win its fifth division title in the last six seasons.
“That’s where we are.”
Since, the Packers have won five straight. Since, they are plus-13 in turnover differential. Since, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has boosted his season total to an NFL-best 36 touchdown passes. Rodgers has not thrown a pick in 206 consecutive pass attempts. And the Packers defense has forced 12 turnovers in its last three games while the offense has not committed one.
For some perspective on his run right now, consider this: Wilson is the first quarterback since the NFL merger to put together four straight games with a 138.5-plus quarterback rating and his four straight games with three touchdown passes or more is a Seahawks franchise record. In fact, only four quarterbacks in the history of the game have put together four consecutive games with three-plus touchdowns and no interceptions: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, and now Russell Wilson (each only once). Wilson is the only quarterback in history to do that with a 70-percent-plus completion rate.