Football fans who watch live online Thursday will see a surging Detroit Lions team looking to roll over the staggering Green Bay Packers to beat their longtime rivals for the second time in less than three weeks for what would be the first two-game sweep of the Packers by the Lions since the 1991 season. At the same time, the Packers must win or risk dropping out of a playoff spot after dropping four of their last five games.
Green Bay started the season on an undefeated streak, winning their first six games in a row. But a dismal performance against the Denver Broncos seemed to take the life out of the Packers, as they have won just once since — losing on November 15 to the Lions at home in Lambeau Field.
Detroit, on the other hand, has not lost since snapping a 24-game losing streak against the Packers at Lambeau Field on November 15, beating the division-leading Minnesota Vikings and the AFC’s Kansas City Chiefs. A win on Thursday Night Football would put Detroit — who won just one of their fist seven games — a mere one-and-a-half games behind the Seattle Seahawks for the second Wild Card playoff spot in the NFC, a gap that could close even further Sunday when Seattle must travel to Minnesota to take on the 8-3 Vikings.
Watch a preview of the Thursday night Packers-Lions game featuring the CBS NFL Today panel of experts in the video below.
To find out how to watch the Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions NFL Thursday Night Football game live online, see the streaming links in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan — 5:30 Pacific Time.
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Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who as the season began was looked on as the only current NFL signal caller who could be considered the equal of New England’s Tom Brady, has floundered since the Packers season-opening six-game win streak ended.
In those first six games, he posted a quarterback rating over 100 four times and never dipped below 82.8. But since then, his rating has not exceeded 100 and has plunged below 70 twice — against Denver and then again on Thanksgiving in a grim 17-13 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Detroit had a happier Thanksgiving day, emerging with a decisive 45-14 stomping of the Philadelphia Eagles.
In that game, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford posted his highest passer rating of the season with an impressive 137.8, tossing five touchdown throws without a single interception.
“(The Lions are) playing good football all around,” Rodgers said heading into the Thursday night contest. “We’ve got to buckle down our preparation and make sure we’re ready to play. We’ve got to respond better to adversity.”
Despite the fact that the two teams appear headed in opposite directions — the Lions have already beaten the Packers once this season, and Green Bay must play the Thursday night game on the road — Las Vegas oddsmakers have nonetheless installed the Packers as five-point favorites in the game.
The rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions goes back to 1930, when the Lions were still known as the Portsmouth Spartans.
In the 85 years since, the Packers have built a comfortable lead in the all-time series, winning 97 of the head-to-head games, while Detroit has won just 68, with seven games ending in ties.
The Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions Thursday Night Football NFC North divisional rivalry game will be streaming to watch live online with credentials from numerous cable and satellite providers, as well as in select regions through NFL Sunday Ticket, at this link. However, even where available, the Sunday Ticket option comes with a subscription fee. But the NFL Network will broadcast the Packers vs. Lions Thursday Night Football game from Ford Field with streaming video at this link.
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