Beano’s Bet Builder: Packers To Rebound
The Green Bay Packers will look to bounce back from an opening weekend defeat when they host the Detroit Lions on Monday Night Football.
Monday Night Football features an NFC North battle between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers will be hurting from a Week 1 loss where the team never showed up. The expectations for the Packers is Super Bowl or bust. That is especially true considering the speculation about Aaron Rodgers long term future. The Lions are coming off a dramatic 4th quarter rally at home to the 49ers. Jared Goff threw for 3 TD’s in that loss, but with low expectations the Lions will be looking to cause a shock.
Green Bay Packers
After an abysmal showing all around in Week 1 the Packers will be looking for a bounce-back performance. Improvement is expected across the board, but if the Packers want to control the game, their running game is going to need to play a much bigger factor.
The Green Bay ground game was almost non existent against the Saints last week. No Packers running back had more than five rushing attempts. The Packers seemed to completely abandon the run in favour of Aaron Rodgers airing it out to try and get points on the board as quickly as possible. That didn’t happen, and the Saints defense was able to focus on stopping the passing game almost exclusively in the second half.
From a betting perspective the game spread has Green Bay as 11.5-point favourites. In order for them to win that convincingly, they’ll need to maintain possession and chew clock with a balanced offensive attack. The talent at running back won’t be an issue. Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon are one of the most formidable one-two duos in the league. Jones brings excellent vision and contact balance to the backfield, while Dillon is a bulldozer with impressive play strength to finish through contact for extra yards. Dillon showcased that play strength last year and is a valuable asset.
Defensively the Lions look much different up front in 2021. The front office put significant resources into the defensive line this offseason. They signed Michael Brockers in free agency and used a pair of Day 2 draft picks on Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill.
The Lions run defense had a hard time slowing down the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1, allowing 131 rushing yards on 28 carries. The majority of that damage was done by sixth-round rookie Elijah Mitchell, who rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown. First-year head coach Dan Campbell talked a lot about adopting a more aggressive mentality this offseason. That wasn’t reflected in his teams performance last week against the Niners. That’s good news for a Packers offense that desperately needs to get back on track.
This game against the Lions is a great opportunity for the Packers to re-establish themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. As already mentioned though, the running game is key. If they commit to the run, I expect Packers to win convincingly. It’s hard to predict the total points over/under so I’m leaving that market alone. A bet builder of the Packers to cover handicap, with both Devante Adams and Aaron Jones getting into the endzone looks solid a bet.
Packers -11.5 Points
Devante Adams Anytime TD
Aaron Jones Anytime TD
Bet Builder pays 7/2