Amon-Ra St. Brown Lights Up Packers
Let’s dive into the less promising aspects first. Unfortunately, Green Bay’s defense might find itself hard-pressed to contain Amon-Ra St. Brown, who is poised to have a standout performance against Keisean Nixon in the slot. St. Brown amassed an impressive 102 receiving yards in his last outing and has a track record of causing headaches for the Packers’ secondary. In his four career matchups against Green Bay, he has hauled in 21 receptions for a total of 231 yards. This trend appears set to persist, as Jared Goff will likely target him extensively throughout the game.
Packers Defense Gets Exposed
Unfortunately, the Packers’ defensive struggles won’t be confined to the slot matchup between Nixon and St. Brown. Instead, the entire defense will be exposed against the potent Lions offense. Detroit currently ranks eighth in total offense per game, boasting the seventh-best passing attack and the eleventh-best rushing game in the league. This could spell disaster for Green Bay.
While St. Brown is expected to have a standout day, keep an eye on rookie Jahmyr Gibbs, who could give the Packers’ defense flashbacks to their struggles against Bijan Robinson in Week 2. Gibbs showcased his skills with 80 rushing yards last week and boasts remarkable speed, agility and swiftness that could pose significant challenges to Green Bay’s defense, much like other speedy backs have done already this season. All in all, it’s likely to be a tough day for the Packers’ defense.
The Two Teams Combine for at least 15 Penalties
It’s worth noting that the Packers have been one of the least disciplined teams in the NFL, ranking a lowly 31st in penalties per game at a staggering nine. Last week’s performance was marked by a multitude of mental mistakes, despite playing in front of their home crowd. False starts, holding penalties, and a smorgasbord of other infractions plagued their game.
On the flip side, the Lions themselves are coming off a game with 10 penalties, and they’re likely to be overeager to prove their superiority over the Packers in the NFC North. All these factors point to what could be a rather sloppy affair on the field.