Monday Night Football: Green Bay Packers Vs. Detroit Lions

  • The Green Bay Packers are 11.5 point home favorites over the Detroit Lions.
  • The Lions have covered the spread in seven of their last eight meetings with the Packers.
  • Aaron Rodgers has even odds to hit his O/U of 289.5 passing yards set by sportsbooks.

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Packers’ home opener at Lambeau Field is set to come at the expense of the Detroit Lions.

The Packers are 11.5 point favorites over their divisional opponent and they’ve historically been a much better team than the Lions in recent years.

However, a big loss to a New Orleans Saints team that in turn took a bad loss to the Carolina Panthers has many NFL betting fans questioning how good the Packers actually are this season.

For their part, the Lions managed to make a respectable late comeback against the San Francisco 49ers, although the 41 points they gave up made it nothing more than a token effort.

Green Bay Packers Vs. Detroit Lions Spread Odds

  • Detroit Lions +11.5
  • Green Bay Packers -11.5

Underdogs have tended to do well against the spread this season, which is another way of saying the Lions have generally done well ATS against the Packers.

In the last seven matchups, the underdog has covered the spread five times and failed to cover only twice.

In addition, the Lions are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games against the Packers.

This spread is the second-highest seen in Week 2, behind only the Cleveland Browns’ spread against the Houston Texans, at 13 points.

In 2020, the Lions went only 7-9 against the spread, while in 2019, they went 6-10. In fact, the last time the Lions were positive against the spread was in 2018, when they went 9-7 ATS.

The Goff Factor

In Week 1, the Lions were behind against the San Francisco 49ers for most of the game, which caused them to have to air the ball out.

QB Jared Goff threw 58 passes in the game, completing 38, ending up with a stat line of 338 yards passing, three touchdowns, and one interception.

The Lions could find themselves in a very similar situation against Green Bay and Goff could once more be forced to air the ball out.

QB Aaron Rodgers is one of the NFL’s most accomplished signal-callers and even though he had a bad game against New Orleans, is still expected to perform well against Detroit.

Total Passing Yards - Aaron Rodgers (GB)

  • OVER 289.5 -115
  • UNDER 289.5 -115

His O/U line is set very close to 300 yards, although it is a bit under. Goff is expected to perform slightly worse, with an O/U line set at 259.5 yards.

Sports bettors can take either a conservative approach or a highball approach on these wagers.

Monday Night Football Passing Props

  • Both Teams To Score A Passing Touchdown -450
  • Aaron Rodgers, Jared Goff 300+ Passing Yds. +500

Betting on both teams to score a passing touchdown seems fairly safe given that Aaron Rodgers seemed nonplussed by the tough Saints loss and Jared Goff might be passing from behind.

However, if an online gambler wanted to shoot for the moon, gambling on Rodgers and Goff to both get 300+ passing yards may end up being a good bet.