Nov 18, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) stiff arms Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston (23) during the fourth quarter at Ford Field. Packers beat the Lions 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
What: Green Bay Packers (5-5-1) at Detroit Lions (6-5)
When: 12:30 p.m. November 28, 2013
Where: Ford Field
Online Stream: NFL Game Rewind
Betting Odds: Lions by 6.5
The NFC North became a much closer race this past week as the Lions dropped a heart-breaking game to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the Chicago Bears were blown-out by the St. Louis Rams to keep both squads even at 6-5. The Lions hold the tiebreaker heading down the stretch thanks to head-to-head wins in Weeks 4 and 10, but nipping at both of their heels are the 5-5-1 Packers after their tie with the Vikings this past weekend.
But the Packers are right in the thick of this race too, but they continue to anxiously await the return of their All-Pro quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. After he suffered a broken collarbone during the team’s Week 9 vs. the Chicago Bears, the team has been unable to get into the win column, going 0-3-1 in his absence.
Backup Scott Tolzien looked like he would be able to help stop the bleeding, but his ineffective play led to his eventual benching vs. the Minnesota a Viking this past week. Matt Flynn played well when he was thrust into action, but neither of those two are good enough to lead the 5-5-1 Packers to an NFC North title. If Rodgers can return soon, he may be able to carry Green Bay to a division title and a postseason berth.
But if remains sidelined too much longer, the Packers will be sitting at home for the postseason.