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Packers vs. Lions: Performances to watch

Posted Dec 31, 2017

Young players will look to shine


DETROIT – The Packers and Lions wrap up playoff-less seasons on Sunday at Ford Field.

Here’s what’s worth watching.

1. Young defenders: Due to injuries and opportunities presenting themselves, the Packers have a number of young defenders getting a decent share of snaps as the season wraps up. Outside linebackers Reggie Gilbert and Vince Biegel, defensive lineman Montravius Adams and cornerback Lenzy Pipkins all get a last chance to make an impression heading into the offseason.

2. Young skill players: With the Packers as banged up as they are at the offensive skill positions, the door is open for receiver Michael Clark and running back Devante Mays to get some chances, too. Clark is looking to build on a three-catch performance in his NFL debut last week, while Mays has been waiting for another call since a pair of fumbles vs. Baltimore back in Week 11.

3. League leader: Packers linebacker Blake Martinez has a chance to finish his second season as the leading tackler in the entire league. According to NFL.com, Martinez has 138 tackles this season, a half dozen more than Buffalo’s Preston Brown and Cleveland’s Joe Schobert with one game to go.

4. Another league leader: Detroit cornerback Darius “Big Play” Slay has lived up to his nickname in 2017 with seven interceptions this season, tops in the league. He’s the most dangerous playmaker on the Lions’ defense, and Packers quarterback Brett Hundley must be aware of where he lines up.

5. History on the line: The Packers haven’t been swept by both the Vikings and Lions in the same season since 1975. Green Bay needs to win to avoid that streak ending.

 
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