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Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers takes place Sunday in week 5 of the NFL 2013 regular season, with the Packer returning from a bye week hoping that the time off will have allowed them to reset and turn around their season which has gotten off to a lackluster start. The game will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through live stream (details below).
The Packers come into week 5 at 1-2 and are desperate to get going on a good run that can establish them as serious division contenders. Most expect them to be there or there abouts come the end of the season, but their opening three weeks of play will have worried fans and players alike. They know they have to get things fixed up quickly and start winning games.
On the positive side the Packers have not been blown away by anyone, and in both matches they have lost they have been just short. However, that will also be one of the most worrying things about the opening of their season – they have not been able to get on the winning side of close games. All Super Bowl champs through the season have had to win playing badly, or have the habit of claiming wins when things could go either way. However, the Packers at the moment are coming out on the wrong side of close results – and it is those few points that can be the difference between their season being a success or turning into heartbreaking mediocrity.
In week 3 they lost 30-34 to Cincinnati in what should have been a win. In week 1 they lost 28-34 to San Francisco in another game they feel they should have won. Sandwiched between those two losses was a 38-20 win against Washington.
It is not the offense that is worrying for the Packers – they amazingly rank number 2 in the NFL for points scored per game at 32.0 points. They are also ranked third for total yards per game (454.7 yards) and yards on pass (326.7 yards). However, they are still down at 1-2. They seriously need to plug the gaps in their defense if they are to turn their high points totals into wins.
The Lions meanwhile are 3-1 and enjoying a good start to the season. They claimed an impressive 40-32 win over Chicago last week, and will be confident that they can take down the Packers today and take advantage of their lackluster defense.
The Lions are ranked 4th in total points per game (30.5) and 6th in total yards gained per game (404.8 yards). So this should be an offensive feast with lots of points and yards gained.
Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers will start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network or online through live stream by clicking here.