The Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers NFC North battle kicked off the Week 4 slate of NFL games. Even though anticipation was high for this Thursday Night Football game, it didn’t really live up to expectations. The Lions got out to a big lead early thanks to David Montgomery and some splash plays from Jared Goff. They never really looked back, and this one was never really competitive.
Lions vs. Packers Final Score and Results
Highlights and Analysis
Final Score: Lions 34, Packers 20
11:11 p.m. ET: Packers get a late FIELD GOAL, but with only three minutes left, this one is all but over. Over betters hit easily and the Lions cover on the road as 1.5 favorites. The Lions now have wins over the Packers in Lambeau and the Chiefs in Arrowhead. Quite impressive. They are now legit contenders to win the NFC North.
10:47 p.m. ET: This game would be a lot closer if the Packers’ defense could stop anything right now. But another big play by Goff has already set the Lions up for another field goal. Unfortunately for the Packers, they committed a penalty and gave life to the Lions once again. Another TOUCHDOWN for Montgomery.
10:38 p.m. ET: Quick TOUCHDOWN, and the Packers have now cut the lead to 10. Packers miss the two-point conversion.
Third Quarter: Lions 27, Packers 11
10:37 p.m. ET: Right before the end of the third quarter, Love completes a nice pitch and catch to Jayden Reed. Reed gets 44 yards and the Packers are back in the red zone!
10:11 p.m. ET: Love to Watson for the TOUCHDOWN! And then a two-point conversion to boot. This game just got a little more interesting.
10:00 p.m. ET: Well, well, well. Can these Packers pull off another miracle? Love and Christian Watson connect on a big play and the Packers are in the red zone for the first time tonight.
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9:56 p.m. ET: And the second half of this game has begun. Rejoice! Let’s see what Matt LaFleur‘s halftime speech did for this team.
Second Quarter: Lions 24, Packers 3
9:38 p.m. ET: Lions kicked another FIELD GOAL. They are now up by 24. Is this game completely out of reach? Well, the Packers did come back from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter last week against the Raiders, so nothing is impossible. But with -1 total yards in nearly a half, it sure feels unlikely.
9:30 p.m. ET: After the last Lions TD, not a whole lot has happened. We got three-and-outs from both teams, and the clock sort of just ticked down to the two-minute warning. The only ones really enjoying this one would be Lions fans.
9:02 p.m. ET: Oh. Well, things have gone from bad to worse. The Packers had a three-and-out. The Lions profited to make a big play to Josh Reynolds, setting up for another FIELD GOAL. Then, the Packers decided they didn’t really feel like keeping the ball, with Love throwing another INTERCEPTION. The Lions were in the red zone again, where Montgomery easily rushed for his second TOUCHDOWN of the night. The Lions are now up 21 points and this crowd is silent.
First Quarter: Lions 14, Packers 3
8:48 p.m. ET: After a Packers three-and-out, the Lions got the ball back. Without very much effort, they again marched down the field. After a nice run by the not-so-elusive Goff, the Lions gave the ball to Montgomery to punch it in for another TOUCHDOWN. Packers are going to need to figure something out here on defense because the Lions are starting to run away with this one early.
8:30 p.m. ET: Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have some action during a Thursday Night Football game! On the next drive after the interception, Goff decided to sling it. After a massive 31-yard gain to rookie TE Sam LaPorta, Goff went deep to Amon-Ra St-Brown for a TOUCHDOWN.
Amon-Ra St. Brown. Good in real life. Good in fantasy.
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8:20 P.M. ET: Aidan Hutchinson gets his third sack of the season, forcing Jordan Love and the Packers to kick a chip shot FIELD GOAL. Packers are now up 3-0 just three minutes into the game.
8:15 p.m. ET: Rough start of the game for the Lions. Jared Goff hadn’t thrown an INTERCEPTION for 10 straight games, nearly breaking the record for consecutive passes thrown without an INT. Well, it has now been three games straight that he has thrown one. The Packers take over in the red zone.
How To Watch Lions vs. Packers
Another week, another night of Thursday Night Football airing on Prime Video. After agreeing to become the home of TNF in 2021, NFL fans will be able to catch the start of every week on Amazon’s video streaming service. Here’s how to watch the NFL game tonight.
- Date: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023
- Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Start time: 8:15 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: Prime Video
- Live Stream: Prime Video
Lions vs. Packers Picks and Predictions
All odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook unless stated otherwise.
Lions -115, Packers -105
Bearman: For 45 minutes, most of us were right about the Packers losing to the Saints in Week 3. But then, Love and the offense took over, scoring 18 points in the final minutes of the game.
The Lions pushed the previously undefeated Falcons around in an easy win, but this is a tougher task at Lambeau. While Detroit ended years of frustration, winning in Green Bay last season to end the Aaron Rodgers era, I lean towards the home team — who is 3-0 against the spread (ATS) this season — getting points here.
I also have a player prop I like for tonight. Amon-Ra St. Brown has gone for 71, 102, and 102 yards in each of his three games this season, including 9-102 while banged up ahead of the Falcons game. His number sits at 72.5, which I like to go over.
Full transparency: He went for 49 and 55 last year vs. the Packers, but 28 targets in three games this year is an average of over nine per game, which should lead to over 72 yards.
Picks: Packers +1.5 (-110 at FanDuel), Amon-Ra St. Brown over 72.5 receiving yards (-114 at FanDuel)
Blewis: I also like the Packers in this one. They had an inspiring comeback down 17-0 going into the fourth quarter last week, and this was without David Bakhtiari, Elgton Jenkins, Aaron Jones, Christian Watson, and Jaire Alexander. Granted, this comeback happened once Derek Carr was ruled out.
It sounds like Green Bay should be getting at least Jones and Alexander back this week, with Watson being a possibility as well. Getting those players back will be a huge boost in this early-season divisional matchup. Without Jones, the Packers have averaged just 282 yards per game and have missed his explosiveness out of the backfield, both as a runner and receiver.
It’s not breaking news to report that Goff is a different quarterback on the road compared to at home. Last season, he threw for 23 touchdowns and three interceptions at home compared to six and four, respectively, on the road. For his career, Goff’s QB rating on the road is nine points lower than at home.
When there’s a divisional matchup between two nearly even teams on a short week, I’m generally always going to lean toward the home team, especially when it’s a short spread.
Currently, there aren’t many player props on the board, with Jones, Watson, and David Montgomery all listed as questionable. Yet, one I do like is Sam LaPorta’s under 45.5 receiving yards.
The rookie has exceeded his early expectations so far, as tight ends typically don’t contribute right away. However, after two games in a row against the second and seventh-worst teams in defending tight ends last season, LaPorta is going against a Packers defense that allowed the second-fewest yards to the position last season.
Last week, LaPorta had 84 yards on 11 targets, but take away his 45-yard touchdown in which he was wide open, and he would’ve gone under his receiving yards prop for tonight on 10 targets.
Fanatics currently has the best number for this prop, but I also like the under at 44.5, which you can get at FanDuel if Fanatics isn’t available in your state.
Picks: Packers +1.5 (-110 at FanDuel), LaPorta under 45.5 receiving yards (-120 at Fanatics)
For more Lions and Packers picks and predictions, make sure to check out PFN’s best bets.
Who Are the Inactives for Thursday Night Football Tonight?
Both teams ruled out offensive starters in Wednesday’s injury report. Check back as we get closer to kickoff for full inactives.
Detroit Lions Designated as Out
- FB Jason Cabinda
- S Kerby Joseph
- RB Zonovan Knight
- DT Brodric Martin
- CB Emmanuel Moseley
- OG Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Green Bay Packers Designated as Out
- CB Jaire Alexander
- S Zayne Anderson
- LB De’Vondre Campbell
- LB Brenton Cox
- WR Malik Heath
- OG Elgton Jenkins
- S Anthony Johnson
What Are the Starting Lineups for Each Team?
Lions Projected Starters
The projected starting lineup is based on the current Lions depth chart.
- Quarterback: Jared Goff
- Running Back: David Montgomery
- Wide Receiver: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, Marvin Jones Jr.
- Tight End: Sam LaPorta
- Left Offensive Tackle: Taylor Decker
- Left Offensive Guard: Jonah Jackson
- Center: Frank Ragnow
- Right Offensive Guard: Graham Glasgow
- Right Offensive Tackle: Penei Sewell
- Left Defensive End: Charles Harris
- Left Defensive Tackle: Alim McNeill
- Right Defensive End: Aidan Hutchinson
- Right Defensive Tackle: Isaiah Buggs
- Strongside Linebacker: Alex Anzalone
- Middle Linebacker: Jack Campbell
- Weakside Linebacker: Malcolm Rodriguez
- Left Cornerback: Jerry Jacobs
- Right Cornerback: Cameron Sutton
- Free Safety: Kerby Joseph
- Strong Safety: Ifeatu Melifonwu
- Kicker: Riley Patterson
- Punter: Jack Fox
- Long Snapper: Scott Daly
- Punt Returner: Kalif Raymond
- Kickoff Returner: Kalif Raymond
Packers Projected Starters
The projected starting lineup is based on the current Packers depth chart.
- Quarterback: Jordan Love
- Running Back: Aaron Jones
- Wide Receiver: Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Jayden Reed
- Tight End: Luke Musgrave
- Left Offensive Tackle: Rasheed Walker
- Left Offensive Guard: Royce Newman
- Center: Josh Myers
- Right Offensive Guard: Jon Runyan Jr.
- Right Offensive Tackle: Zach Tom
- Defensive End: Kenny Clark, Devonte Wyatt
- Nose Tackle: T.J. Slaton
- Right Outside Linebacker: Rashan Gary
- Right Inside Linebacker: Isaiah McDuffie
- Left Inside Linebacker: Quay Walker
- Left Outside Linebacker: Preston Smith
- Left Cornerback: Jaire Alexander
- Right Cornerback: Rasul Douglas
- Free Safety: Darnell Savage
- Strong Safety: Rudy Ford
- Kicker: Anders Carlson
- Punter: Daniel Whelan
- Long Snapper: Matt Orzech
- Punt Returner: Keisean Nixon
- Kickoff Returner: Keisean Nixon