Larrivee details why Packers-Lions might 'be a lot closer than people think'

CREATED Dec 6, 2012

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GREEN BAY - The Packers have already endured a close-shave kind of game against the Detroit Lions this season, a 24-20 come-from-behind triumph.

This time around, the Packers should expect a very similar struggle against their division rivals, particularly because of the dominance of the Detroit defensive line.

"That's why it will probably be a lot closer than people think it will," said Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Voice of the Packers, Wayne Larrivee on "Wisconsin's Morning News."

"The Detroit defensive tackles, Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, are one of the best tandems of defensive tackles in the league today.  They're athletic.  They're big.  They're strong.  They dominated at the point of attack when these teams met up in Detroit.   The Packers, because of their perimeter game and Detroit's malfunctions in the secondary, were able to get a win.  That's going to be the challenge right there."

Larrivee also said that the Lions' defensive ends shouldn't be as tough of a struggle, though there is talent there.

"Cliff Avril's a good pass rusher on the outside.  Kyle Vanden Bosch on the other side, he's probably in the final stages of his career.  He's not quite as effective as he used to be.