Green Bay Packers versus Detroit Lions Thursday Night Football Real Money League Fantasy Picks 12-3-2015
Thursday Night Football will feature NFC North rivals as the Detroit Lions will be hosting the Green Bay Packers. NFL fantasy league GM’s can tune to CBS TV on December 3rd at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their DFS roster picks.
In their first of two meetings this season back on November 15th it was a very low scoring game as the Lions earned the 18-16 road victory to the Packers. The Lions put up a very good defensive effort in their win as the Detroit offense generated just 287 yards in their win. The run game produced very little with 45 yards rushing on 26 carries. Matthew Stafford had a good game hitting on 24 of 38 throws for 242 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Aaron Rodgers threw a high volume of passes in the loss as he went 35 of 61 for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Packers too had no success on the ground with 47 yards rushing on 18 carries.
The Lions are playing their best football of the season as they enter on a three game win streak to move their record to 4-7. This all came since the bye week when the team made changes to their assistant coaching staff. Lions have defended much better by allowing no greater than 16 points to their three opponents during this win streak. They had a very good performance last week in their 45-14 home victory to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Lion offense had 430 yards with 322 passing and 108 on the ground. Detroit executed very well inside the red zone last week going a perfect 6 of 6 in those situations.
The Green Bay Packers are 7-4 and has lost three of their past four games since their bye week after a 17-13 defeat last week at home to the Chicago Bears. The Packers offense had 365 yards in the loss and was balanced as they rushed for 177 yards. Where they struggled was in the red zone and with turnovers. The team was 0 of 2 in the red zone and had a -2 turnover margin. Aaron Rodgers has not been able to make the big play as the team has struggled with impact wide receiver Jordy Nelson on the sidelines with a season long injury.
Green Bay Packers QB:
The veteran signal caller has completed 52% or fewer throws in three of his past four games. Last week Rodgers hit on 51.2% of his throws for 202 yards with a touchdown and pick.
Green Bay Packers RB:
Lacy has taken some criticism as he looks like he has put on some weight and looks out of shape. He had 105 rushing yards last week on 17 carries for his second straight 100 yard game.
Green Bay Packers WR:
The Packers veteran wide out leads the team with 58 catches for 627 yards with six touchdowns. Cobb is only averaging 11.8 yards per catch on the year which is well below the 14 yards per catch average he had in his past two seasons with the team. Cobb has just two touchdown receptions over his past eight games.
Detroit Lions QB:
Stafford is completing 65% of his throws this year for 2944 yards with 20 touchdowns and 12 picks. Last week in the win against Philadelphia Stafford hit on 71% of his passes for 337 yards with five touchdowns.
Detroit Lions RB:
The rookie running back has 96 rushes for 347 yards with a touchdown. He is averaging 3.6 yards per carry on the year. In their win against the Eagles, Abdullah had 16 carries for 63 yards. His rushing touchdown came in week one and he has none since.
Detroit Lions WR:
The veteran wide receiver leads the Lions with 67 catches for 921 yards with six touchdowns. He is averaging a career worst 13.7 yards per catch. Johnson had a big game in the win against the Eagles on Thanksgiving with eight receptions for 93 yards with three touchdowns.
NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks
QB: Matthew Stafford (Lions)
RB: Eddie Lacy (Packers)
WR: Calvin Johnson (Lions)