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NFL Betting Online: Week 4 NFC North Bet – Top 3 Reasons Packers Will Cover Against Lions

Posted by Marcello Messina on 10/5/2010 5:26:35 PM

After a heartbreaking loss last week to the Bears, their NFC North Bet rivals, the Packers are looking for redemption in their easiest matchup all season. Here are the top 3 reasons the Packers will beat and cover against the Lions.

(0-3) Detroit Lions at (2-1) Green Bay Packers
Live from Lambeau Field - Wisconsin
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 3, 2010
Broadcast: FOX

NorthBet NFL Game Odds:
Green Bay Packers -14.5
Detroit Lions +14.5
Total 45.5

1. Redemption

Aaron Rodgers and Co. are coming off a painful loss to the Chicago Bears (a team that finished 3rd in the NFC North bet division a year ago) and have the look of redemption in their eyes as they prepare for this week's matchup versus the worst team in the conference.

The Packers (2-1) will want to score early and often against Detroit, looking to show off their heavy offensive artillery as well as avoiding a 0-2 NFC North Bet divisional record.

Not only would they like to flex their guns this Sunday, but they also will have extra incentive to demolish the Lions as they look toward regaining their spot as the NFC North Bet division leader (which is now in the hands of the Bears).

Aaron Rodgers was limited to a single touchdown last NFL betting Sunday and will therefore be especially hungry this week. He is out to prove that last year was not merely a fluke and that he can still perform at an elite NFL level.

2. The Absence of Matthew Stafford

I'm definitely not saying that the Lions will beat Green Bay if Matthew Stafford is healthy. I'm merely stating the fact that Stafford's absence will tip the balance of this matchup greatly in the Packers favor.

Second-stringer Shaun Hill has shown nothing promising in his first two games as a starter this NFL betting season.

He has only connected with wide receiver Calvin Johnson for 10 passes, accounting for 106 yards and touchdown. These numbers are incomparable to Stafford's statistics, connecting with Johnson for an average of more than 70 receiving yards per game.

3. Resurrection of Green Bay's Running Offense

One of the biggest reasons the Cheeseheads were beaten last week was their lack of running offense. Their ground game has not been playing up to par since running back Ryan Grant suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 1.

Backups Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn combined for only 43 rushing yards a week ago and 65 the week prior, with only one touchdown between the two of them.

However, this NFL betting week's matchup against the Lions (dead last in rush defense) should give Green Bay's ground game the jumpstart it needs. Detroit has allowed over 140 yards rushing per game, making this a sweet matchup for Jackson and Kuhn.

NFL Betting Online: Bet on the Green Bay Packers (-14.5).


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