Week 17: 5 Key Matchups for the Detroit Lions vs the Green Bay Packers

1.CB Darius Slay vs WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Slay will have an easier matchup than he is used to with Adams being inactive for this game. Expect Rodgers to not look Slay’s way on this mismatch because the veteran quarterback will have his own mismatches on the other side of the field.

Valdes-Scantling is having a good year for a rookie with over 500-yards and adding two touchdowns on the year. He is also averaging over 15-yards per catch — making him a big play target.

2. LB Jarad Davis vs RB Jamaal Williams

Williams is averaging four yards per carry this season. He was a solid rotational running back for the Packers until Aaron Jones was placed on IR and Williams was handed the starting role. Williams isn’t as electric as Jones was, but still is a threat in the receiving game.

Davis will have to be solid with his tackling and not bite too hard on the first move. Davis has already faced off against the Packers once this year, so hopefully, he can learn and clean up any mistakes.

3. Lions Defensive Backs vs Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers should be able to carve up the Lions secondary due to injuries, a lack of pass rush, and the Lions struggle while playing in cold weather.

The Lions defensive backfield will feature Slay and some combination of Tabor, Cooper, or Ford. Whoever is not on Slay is going to have a career day. The Lions will need to have a solid game with communication and fundamentals to even have a glimmer of hope.

4. RB Zach Zenner vs LB Blake Martinez

Zenner should be the featured back after LeGarrette Blount failed to be the guy the Lions thought he would be. Zenner has surprisingly stepped up and has been the back the Lions needed to complement Kerryon Johnson earlier in the season.

Martinez is having a very good year and leads the Packers with 132 tackles — doubling the next closest Packer defender. He can also get to the quarterback as he has five sacks on the year.

5. RT Rick Wagner vs LB Kyler Fackrell

Fackrell is leading the Packers in sacks with a nine and a half. Wagner, on the other hand, has given up his fair share of sacks. Fackrell isn’t an elite pass rusher like some of the other studs Wagner has faced this season, but he is starting to develop into a player who has to be closely watched.

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