GREEN BAY – The winner of Monday night’s Lions-Packers showdown at Lambeau Field will be in first place in the NFC North.
Here are five things to watch.
1. Disrupt the rhythm: In sweeping the season series the last two years, the Lions have scored at least 30 points in all four games, and QB Matthew Stafford has posted a cumulative 122.0 passer rating (80-of-120, 1,133 yards, nine TDs, no INTs). That’s trend No. 1 the Packers have to change.
2. Who’s next?: Six different Packers defenders have recorded an interception through the first five weeks of the season. Safety Will Redmond thought he had his first in Dallas, but it was wiped out by a penalty. Tramon Williams doesn’t have one yet, either. Or is it a linebacker’s turn to join Preston Smith on the stat sheet?
3. Big number: Packers RB Aaron Jones already has eight rushing TDs, matching his total from last year and the most in team history in the first five games of a season. The Packers haven’t had a back hit double digits since Eddie Lacy in 2014, and only one has reached 12 in a season since the Lombardi era (Ahman Green, 2003).
The Green Bay Packers held practice outside on Clarke Hinkle Field on Saturday in preparation for their Monday night matchup with the Detroit Lions.
4. Deceiving number: One of the most misleading stats heading into this game is Lions WR Kenny Golladay’s average of 12.8 yards per reception this season. In two career games against the Packers, Golladay has a 60-yard grab and a 54-yard TD. He’s Stafford’s big-play guy.
5. Half done already: This is the third of the Packers’ six division games in 2019, but their next one won’t be for another two months, on Dec. 15 vs. Chicago. After three NFC North games in the first six weeks, there’s a big break before division play resumes for Green Bay.