Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Bucky Five: Packers at Lions Preview

5. Health Concerns - The Packers have five guys listed as questionable on the injury report, the most concerning of those being Ryan Grant and Charles Woodson. Brandon Jackson would likely start in place of Grant if he can't go, but it sounds to me like he should be fine. I'm not so sure about Charles Woodson on the other hand. If he were unable to go, Tramon Williams would likely start.

4. On the Road Again - Road worries? Not under Mike McCarthy. The Packers are 11-5 on the road under McCarthy, including two victories at Ford Field. If the Packers don't win on Sunday, it won't be because they miss the friendly confines of Lambeau Field.

3. The Rodgers Phenomenon - Hell, even Brett Favre was impressed with the kid's performance on Monday night. Rodgers did so well on Monday that Vince Young couldn't pull himself from the television, which resulted in a police search for him. Everyone out there seems to think the Packers will live or die by the arm of Rodgers, and if last week was any indication, we're in good shape. I'm just as excited to see what Rodgers will do in his second start as I was for his first.

2. Too Much Dirty Laundry - The Packers were penalized 12 times on Monday night for 118 yards, and hopefully those first game jitters have been calmed. I don't mind a penalty here and there, but the stupid ones need to stop. Oh hey there, Tony Moll.

1. Keep the Lions tamed - The Packers are on a five game winning streak against the NFC North's annual doormat, and have won 13 of the last 15 against the Lions. The Lions were destroyed by the Falcons last week, and the Packers will have no excuses if they can't execute this week. The Packers are good, the Lions are bad, this is a no-brainer.

Prediction: Packers 34, Lions 20


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