Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season winds down tonight with the renewal of one of the league’s most historic rivalries at one of its most historic sites. The Green Bay Packers will be hosting the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field, kicking off the 184th meeting between these longtime foes. Both NFC North teams started the year with a loss and will be looking to rebound on Monday Night Football.
Much has changed in Detroit since the team last visited Green Bay. Gone is veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford and head coach Matt Patricia, being replaced by Jared Goff—who the Lions returned after trading Stafford to the Rams this offseason—and Dan Campbell, respectively. The Packers have kept the band mostly together after making back-to-back NFC Championships over the last two seasons, but it remains to be seen if they can continue their string of successes.
Green Bay’s quest for a third consecutive conference championship game appearance got off to a rocky start after the team was decimated by the Saints last week. The Packers are expected to bounce back in Week 2, however, opening as a huge favorite against the rebuilding Lions.
Will Green Bay live up to these lofty expectations and beat Detroit for the fifth consecutive time tonight, or will the Lions overcome the odds and pull an upset on Monday Night Football?
You can find some picks and predictions on the outcome of this contest below, but first take a look a complete viewing guide—including the start time, TV channel, live stream site—and updated odds courtesy of FanDuel, betting trends and more for this Week 2 finale.
Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions Betting Preview
Start Time: The Packers vs. Lions game will begin at 8:15 p.m. ET.
TV Channel: ESPN will televise this Monday Night Football matchup.
Live Stream: Viewers can stream this Lions at Packers contest via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Spread: Packers -11.5
Green Bay went up on the board as seven-point chalk following their 38-3 drubbing by the Saints, but bettors pounced on the seemingly soft line and quickly bet it up to the double digits. With just a few hours left until kickoff, the Packers are now 11.5-point favorites at most shops.
Now that the Lions are getting so many points, there has been some buyback with the underdog. The public is surprisingly fading Green Bay a bit, as only 47% of all bets and 48% of the money wagered against the spread is on the home team.
Total: Over-Under 48.5 Points
The total on this Monday Night Football clash has remained relatively stable compared to the point spread. It is now 49 points, up just slightly from an opening mark of 47.5.
The public is favoring the over, expecting a high-scoring affair in primetime. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of bettors have taken that side, but sharper bettors believe points will be at a premium tonight. That much is evidenced in the handle, which shows 56% of the cash has been staked on the under.
Packers vs. Lions Betting Trends
- The Packers are 4-0 SU in their last four meetings with the Lions.
- Detroit is 3-1 ATS over its last four games against Green Bay.
- The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five contests involving these NFC North rivals.
- The Packers hold a 104-72-7 SU advantage in the all-time series with the Lions.
- Both teams are 5-5 ATS over their last 10 games, although the Packers are 7-3 SU while the Lions are 2-8 SU.
- Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 26-13-1 ATS following a loss during his career.
Monday Night Football Week 2 Pick: Lions +11.5
The Packers and Lions are at vastly different stages of contention right now, but it will still be difficult to trust Green Bay as a double-digit favorite after losing by 35 points at a neutral site last week.
Detroit started the year by showing some resilience against another projected NFC contender, hanging tough with the San Francisco 49ers and battling until the final whistle. Although the Lions couldn’t secure a big upset, they did cover the 8.5-point spread in a 41-33 defeat.
Green Bay failed to cover as 3.5-point chalk against a Saints team that didn’t appear nearly as potent on Sunday. New Orleans was blown out by a 26-7 margin in Week 2, with quarterback Jameis Winston failing to toss a single score after dissecting the Packers secondary for five touchdowns in Week 1.
Aaron Rodgers looked abysmal in his first game of the 2021 NFL season, connecting on just 15-of-28 passes for 133 yards. He tossed two interceptions in the opener, tying his mark for the entire 2018 season and putting himself in range of his 2019 (four) and 2020 (five) totals. It was a far cry from the player who captured the NFL MVP award last year, one who threw for a touchdown in all but one regular season game and had just a single multi-interception outing.
Goff performed better than expected in his Detroit debut. The No. 1 overall pick in 2015 piled up 338 yards and three touchdowns on 38-of-57 passing. The Lions ultimately couldn’t get it done at the end, with Goff’s costly pick-six right before the half serving as the quarterback’s most glaring mistake of the contest.
Green Bay should be motivated to clean things up against a divisional rival on Monday Night Football, but laying 11.5 points with the club is too hefty of a price. The Lions showed enough flash on offense to trust them to hang a few scores on the board at Lambeau Field, making this one more competitive than the point spread indicates. Take the points and watch as Detroit keeps this interesting for most of the evening.
Prediction: Packers 28 – Lions 20
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