Free NFL Proline Picks For Week #17 (Jan 1, 2012)
Detroit Lions (-3) vs. Green Bay Packers (+3); Total 45.5
Both the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers have clinched a playoff spot. Green Bay has also cliched a first round bye and the #1 seed. This game does have some meaning for the Detroit Lions though. If the Lions win this game they clinch the #5 seed and will meet the winner of the Giants vs. Cowboys game in the 1st round of the playoffs. If the Lions lose this game they will meet the #3 seed in the first round which will likely be the Saints (or possibly the 49ers). Let’s face it nobody wants to head to New Orleans and face the Saints in the Superdome where they have been unbeatable. The big question for the Packers is will Rodgers play and if he does how much will he play. The Packers aren’t saying as of yet. One has to figure that Rodgers won’t see much time on the field given how badly the Packers offensive line is banged up. Don’t expect to see a lot of Aaron Rodgers in this game. As for the Lions expect to see all of the healthy starters in the lineup. Calvin Johnson is a little banged up so it is possible he doesn’t play a full game. Amazingly the Lions have lost 20 straight in Green Bay but this may be their best shot to get a win. Can the Lions put an end to this miserable losing streak?
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Lions vs. Packers Week #17 Prediction:
I like the Lions to end their losing streak in Green Bay. The Lions come in to this game playing great football and don’t think for a second they want to travel to New Orlens for a 1st round matchup with the Saints. Playing Aaron Rodgers a lot in this game just doesn’t make any sense for the Packers and there have been a few hints from the Packers that we won’t be seeing much of Rodgers in this game. The Green Bay perfect season is already gone. Green Bay doesn’t care about going 14-2 as opposed to 15-1 but the Lions sure do care about opening the playoffs in the Superdome. The oddsmakers have the Lions a -3 favorite which tells us they don’t think Rodgers will be playing much either. I’ll lay the -3 with the Lions at 5 Dimes Sportsbook.
Taking The LIONS -3 Points @ 1.87
(Offered at 5 Dimes Sportsbook)
Risking 115.00 To Win 100.00