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Green Bay Packers Look to Rebound Against Detroit Lions

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The past two weeks in the eyes of Green Bay Packers fans, to put it lightly, have been hell. After getting decimated by two undefeated teams in a row while on the road, the Packers are in need of a pick-me-up. Green Bay looks to bounce back against one of the worst teams in the league this week.

The Detroit Lions.

While a dumpster fire may be the perfect way to describe the Packers over the past two weeks, the Lions have been a total disaster. Over the past eight games, the Lions have scored over 20 points in only one game while giving up over 24 points to opposing teams in all but one game. This is a game, despite all the problems the Packers have been having, that should be won by the Packers in a landslide.

The Packers are in desperate need of a win since they’ve fallen to second place in the NFC North behind the Minnesota Vikings (6-2). A win against Detroit could lead to a highly anticipated game against the Vikings in Week 11.

Green Bay has a string of injuries coming into the Detroit game. Eddie Lacy is questionable with a groin injury he suffered in the game against the Carolina Panthers. Even if Lacy was healthy, he’s been the horrendous in the run game, giving up more fumbles than the amount of tackles he has broken. James Starks would appear to have solidified himself as the starting running back after recording 10 carries for 39 yards and six receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.

Also questionable for the Packers: Sam Shields (shoulder), Quinten Rollins (shoulder), Ty Montgomery (ankle), and Casey Hayward (concussion). Shields has missed the previous two games and Ty Montgomery has been out since Week 5. More will come to light about their availability for the game as the Packers practice throughout the week.

Packers’ Keys to Success

Getting to the Quarterback

The Packers defense hasn’t forced a sack on a quarterback since they played Philip Rivers. It’s pretty easy to throw over 300 yards against a defense that can’t put pressure on the quarterback. Especially for passers like of Peyton Manning and Cam Newton.

Establishing the Run

It pretty much goes without saying that the run game will open up your pass game. The Packers have struggled with Lacy in recent weeks but it appears they may be on to something with Starks. Expect Starks to take over much of the midfield work while the coaches may throw Lacy a bone every now and again at the goal line.

Play Jeff Janis

I know what you’re thinking. This is crazy. The notion is absurd. How can a guy who only knows how to run one route help the Packers offense? The presence of Jeff Janis on the field is enough to spread the defense deep on the field. Janis is only a threat if he’s on the field. If he’s in the lineup, you have a deep threat. If he’s open, great. Take a shot down field and try to pick up some huge yardage. If he’s not open, then he’s at least drawing attention away from your other receivers like Randall Cobb and James Jones on the intermediate routes.

Trust in your Receivers

It’s no secret that Aaron Rodgers has become incredibly conservative this season; almost to the point where Rodgers would rather dance around in the pocket as if his pants are on fire rather than throw into even single coverage. For the offense to begin firing on all cylinders again, Rodgers is going to need to take more chances. Believe in your receivers to make contested catches and come away with the ball.

Game Details

When: November 15th, 2015 at 12:00 P.M. Central

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI.

Television: FOX (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews)

Radio: Packers Radio Network (Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren), NFL Gamepass

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Kyle Engman
Kyle is a Lead NFL Writer covering the Green Bay Packers for RSEN. He is also the Director of Staffing and an Editor for RSEN. You can follow him on Twitter for more Packers updates at @KyleEngmanNFL.

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