NFL flexes Packers-Lions Week 17 matchup to 'Sunday Night Football'

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If Seattle losses and Green Bay wins in Detroit, the Packers would get the three spot and Seattle the four seed.

The Lions lost the season's first meeting 34-27 in Week 3, outscoring the Packers 17-3 in the second half to almost cover as 6.5-point underdogs. Actually, it was more of Rodgers wearing jack boots while stomping all over opponents in the Packers' five straight wins.

The point spread for Sunday's game is now 3.5 points in favor of the Packers, while the money line at the Las Vegas Westgate has the Packers at -190 to the Lions' +170. Despite the losses, the Lions still control their own fate, and the victor of their final game in the season will be headed to the playoffs.

The Packers had hit rock bottom, and that's when Aaron Rodgers stood his most firm. Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Nelson. In the NFC, the Cowboys, Seahawks, Falcons and Giants have locked up their spots, but the Lions, Redskins, Packers and Buccaneers are also trying to get in.

Packers LB Jake Ryan led a defense that held the Vikings to 93 yards rushing and limited the Vikings offensively before yielding up two scores in the last five minutes, after the game was already decided. "To have, I think, Clay for the first time probably playing a little healthier than what he's been ... that's the combination we like to have".

In the last six games - which includes the loss to Washington - Rodgers has thrown 14 touchdown passes without an interception. "When you've got a group of guys that are hard-working, care about it. we used to call them "GAS" - give-a-shit guys that have a high give-a-shit factor".

Rodgers is not recognized as one of the elite quarterbacks of his era - and perhaps of all time - because of his statements alone.

MAC Champs take in Lions game
If Washington , Atlanta and Seattle win , the Redskins are going to Seattle barring a tie between Green Bay and Detroit. This young Dallas Cowboys team gave all of their fans a true gift this season that should not be taken for granted.

As well, the Buffalo Bills will sport a new head coach and possibly a new starting quarterback when they wrap up their campaign against the New York Jets as 6-point road chalk.

There are any number of ways to calculate the chances of an National Football League team winning on a given day, but they ultimately boil down to statistical projections based on a specific model. "This is about beating the Lions and beating them in that dome".

That's three consecutive weeks for a Packers player to be named an NFC Player of the Week.

"I'm not really concerned about their advantage", Caldwell said after Monday's 42-21 loss to the Cowboys.

They remained friends and have placed a friendly wager on Sunday's game. James Starks has been in concussion protocol the last two weeks, and Eddie Lacy had season-ending ankle surgery in October. The moment I started getting days off like after our bye week and stuff it was invigorated.

"It's a burning sensation, kind of in your neck down to your shoulder for me", he said. But he's clearly not and the Lions are also banged up at running back.

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