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Aaron Nagler of PackersNews.com talks with Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press to preview the showdown between the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions on Sunday night.

In 2014 Packers Nation was in a frenzy after a 19-7 loss to the Lions at Ford Field in Game 3.

From the view of a peer, the Lions Matthew Stafford has nothing but praise for Rodgers.

The Packers have won five in a row to pull even with Detroit atop the NFC North. Rodgers has posted a passer rating of at least 108.9 in five of those contests, and he's likely to have another big game against Detroit.

Cobb: They're really, really fun. I think it's the team, the team, the team.

Here is a rundown of the games this week with playoff implications. In fact, it has never been done before, and I hate to say it, but the first 10 weeks of the season for the Packers showed that it probably won't be different. You played Saturday at noon and have an extra day to get ready.

Rodgers, Packers remain red-hot

"Oftentimes, teams don't get that opportunity, they haven't earned that opportunity". We have more time to allow our bodies to heal. But again, this is the end of the tunnel right here. That means the Giants will try to win on Sunday.

Detroit took a thumping in the second half Monday night, getting outscored 28-0. Do you feel like you're mettle has been tested? "I'm excited for this team". And now that we're here, we have to capitalize on that chance and play up to that momentum that we've had over the last few weeks.

The Packers are no stranger to do-or-die games, having reached the postseason in eight of nine seasons. If they were playing anyone but the Packers, perhaps there would be a little more momentum on Detroit's side. For the season, I'm still showing a $2,000 profit. Obviously, (cornerback Darius) Slay was out this past week. But the defensive backs are going to have to step things up this week for Green Bay to win the game.

They're still giving up a lot of yards, but if they can continue to force turnovers and limit scoring combined with strong offensive play, the Packers have a good chance to go on a long playoff run. They were back at practice this week.

When examining the underlying peripherals, and surface numbers for that matter, the advantage clearly goes to the visiting Packers this weekend. For such a forlorn franchise, it was nice to see them revive their "Restore the Roar" battle cry. "The bottom line is if we can stop the run and we cannot let the ball go over our head, it gives us a great opportunity to win". The Packers' Ty Montgomery has three rushing touchdowns in his past three games, while WR Jordy Nelson leads National Football League in receiving touchdowns this season (14). At a time where Matthew Stafford's injured throwing hand seems to have compromised his regular pinpoint accuracy, it doesn't look good for Detroit.

Los Angeles Rams plus-6.5 vs. Arizona Cardinals Disparity between last week's results - the Rams' 22-21 loss to the 49ers and the Cardinals' 34-31 win over the Seahawks - inflated this point spread.

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