The NFC North title is on the betting line at sportsbooks online on Sunday night on NBC as the Green Bay Packers visit the Detroit Lions on NBC. The last betting game of the regular season will probably be an all or nothing contest as Washington can clinch the last Wild Card spot with a win earlier in the day against the Giants. If that happens then this would be a winner take all game on Sunday night with the winner making the playoffs and the loser being out. Let’s look at the contest and Sunday Night NFL picks.
The Packers visit the Lions on Sunday, January 1st with a start time of 8:30 pm Eastern on NBC.
NFL Odds at US Betting Sites
Green Bay -3.5, total 48
Packers vs. Lions
The Packers have been red-hot of late taking their last five games and they are now in position to win the NFC North and they have emerged as a serious Super Bowl contender. Aaron Rodgers leads a potent offense that looks as good as ever and has put Rodgers in the MVP discussion. Rodgers threw for 347 yards last week and had four TD passes and a rushing TD in the win over Minnesota. Jordy Nelson has emerged lately to look like his former self as he leads the NFL betting in receiving yards with 870 in the last nine weeks. He leads the league in TD catches with 14.
The offense has had to carry the load for the Packers because the defense has been leaky. Even in the win over Minnesota last week the Packers secondary was poor as Adam Thielen had a huge game with 12 catches for 202 yards. The Packers are scoring about 27 points per game and allowing about 24 per contest. The Packers are 3-4 ATS on the road this season with five of the seven going over the total.
The Lions come into this game having blown a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a loss to Dallas on Monday. Now there is a good chance they won’t make the playoffs at all if they lose this game at home. The Lions are 5-2 ATS at home with five of the seven going under the total. The Lions are scoring just over 21 points per game and giving up just over 21 per contest.
The Packers are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in this series. The Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Packers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. the NFC. The Packers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Detroit. The Lions are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. the NFC North.
The Over is 7-2 in the Packers last 9 games overall. The Under is 4-0 in the Lions last 4 home games. The Under is 4-0 at US betting sites in the Lions last 4 vs. the NFC North.
Sunday Night NFL Picks
It is hard to see anything other than a shootout so I will lay the points with Green Bay and also take the game over the total at sports gambling sites like MyBookie sportbook.