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Packers-Lions: Three Keys

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Bouncing Back We always talk about how teams react to a short week coming off a tough Monday night loss.  How sharp will the Packers be in the first quarter?  What will the reaction be to the first holding penalty or the first big special teams play?  If we see the same issues as last week and an uninspired effort it could be another long day.

Best Effort The latest news is Detroit running back Jahvid Best will start today despite a toe injury.  The rookie has brought a new element to the Lions offense but last week he was bottled up by the Vikings and Detroit managed only 10 points.  Detroit's offense is no longer Calvin Johnson and a bunch of scrubs but by taking away Best the Packers should win.

Take Advantage The Packers had a field goal blocked and turned it over late near midfield last week against the Bears.  In any situation you hate to leave point off the board so the Packers must take advantage of any opportunity to score today.  We haven't seen the crisp rhythm that we expected from the offense but today could be the breakout day.  The Lions rank 30th in total defense and are tied for 26th in scoring defense.

Prediction Packers 27, Lions 13

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