Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Sunday, Jan.1, 8:30 p.m. (ET) NBC
NFL Pointspread: Green Bay -3.5
Total Line: 48.5
Green Bay comes into this NFC North title bout riding a straight-up five-game winning streak and it has gone 4-1 against the spread with BetAnySports. The total has gone OVER in its last three games behind a scoring average of 35.3 points a game. Overall, the Packers are 9-6 SU with a 7-7-1 record ATS and the total has gone over in nine of the 15 games. One concern for bettors is a 2-5 record ATS in seven previous road games this year.
There is no doubt that Green Bay is playing its best ball of the season at just the right time with victories over Houston, Seattle and Minnesota as part of this five-game winning streak. Aaron Rodgers is back to MVP form and in last week’s victory against the Vikings he threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns to help pace the win. The Packers still have some pressing issues with their running game after gaining only 40 yards against the Vikings and their defense allowed 353 yards through the air in that game.
The Lions will need to quickly regroup following Monday night’s 42-21 loss to Dallas as 6.5-point road underdogs with BetAnySports. This loss came on the heels of a 17-6 setback to the New York Giants as four-point road underdogs the week before. Detroit is now 9-6 SU with an 8-7 record ATS and the total has stayed UNDER in eight of its last nine games. The one bright spot is a 5-2 ATS at home this season and it has gone 5-4 ATS when closing as an underdog.
Detroit is going to need one more big effort from its veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford to pull off the upset on Sunday night. He has thrown for 3,980 yards and 22 touchdowns this year. Stafford has been hampered with a finger injury in his throwing hand the past few games, but the Lions will be hard pressed to rely on a ground game that is ranked 30th in the NFL with an average of 82.3 yards a game.