Lions must take care of NFC North business tonight at Green Bay

It’s not a must-win game, but close to it

ALLEN PARK — After losing three straight, the Detroit Lions (3-4) need a win at Green Bay tonight.

It’s the first of three divisional games in the next four weeks and it’s key.

It’s too early to be a must-win game except that it kind of is.

A Detroit win will put the Lions at 4-4 and the Packers at 4-4. Then the Lions host the woeful Cleveland Browns (0-8) the next week before moving onto Chicago (3-5) and then will host the Minnesota Vikings (6-2) on Thanksgiving.

No NFC North team can be overlooked. In fact, it could be a killer to lose to the Browns (0-8) next Sunday at Ford Field.

With nine games remaining the Lions will face just one team with a winning record and that’s the Vikings. They play at Baltimore (4-4) on Dec. 3, at Tampa Bay (2-5) on Dec. 10 and at Cincinnati (3-4) on Dec. 24.

(Photo courtesy of Detroit Lions)

The Lions last won at Lambeau on Nov. 15, 2015.

It’s been a tough stretch facing Aaron Rodgers in one of the NFL’s most historic stadiums. Rodgers, who is 13-3 against the Lions, is out and Brett Hundley is in. Still the Lions cannot overlook this team. Hundley has been off to a rocky start with one touchdown and four interceptions since Rodgers was carted off with a broken collarbone.

“I love it. I love playing there. There’s a ton of history there, a bunch of great players have played there, a bunch of great games have happened there. I’ve been in some wild ones there on the winning side, on the losing side,’’ quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “I’ve been through a lot at that place, but I enjoy playing there.”

Last year the Packers won the NFC North and the Lions earned the wild-card berth. It went down to the Week 17.

The Packers play at Ford Field in Week 17 this year. There’s a chance Rodgers could be back. Again, it could be a huge game for both teams.

Meanwhile best to take care of business tonight.

BONUS: Captains for tonight are T.J. Lang (former Packer), Travis Swanson, Tahir Whitehead and Matt Prater.

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Author: Paula Pasche

Paula Pasche, a veteran sports writer, covers the Detroit Lions for her Lions Lowdown blog. She has written two books, "Game of My Life Detroit Lions" and "100 Things Lions Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die" which are available at bookstores and on Amazon.com. She won first place for column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit (Class B) in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was The Oakland Press 2010 Staffer of the Year.

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