The Green Bay Packers have won 12 of their last 13 games against the Detroit Lions and will try to keep that dominant streak going when they visit their division rival at Ford Field this Sunday.
And coming off a bye week, Green Bay enjoys several positive trends, according to Jeff Grant of SportsbookReview.com.
"They are 7-2-1 ATS coming off a bye and 9-3 ATS against the Lions, so many are wondering why the spread is so low at -3.5," he said Thursday.
The Packers got off to a slow start this season at 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS through their first four games, but have since righted the ship and strung together four straight wins with a 3-1 ATS record over that stretch.
With an 11-1 SU and 9-3 ATS record in its last 12 game games against the Detroit Lions, Green Bay should feel confident heading into Sunday's matchup.
Detroit looked like it was building some positive momentum with wins in three of its last four games heading into last week, but the Lions dropped to the Minnesota Vikings 34-24 to fall to 4-5 SU and 3-5-1 ATS on the season. Detroit is now just 4-11-1 ATS in its last 16 games overall and 2-4 ATS in its last six games at home.
The defense will need to have a big day against the Packers who are averaging 31.75 points per game over their four-game winning streak.
The score has gone UNDER the posted total in four of the last six meetings between these two teams and in each of their last three meetings in Detroit. The Packers are 6-2 SU and ATS in their last eight road games against the Lions.
Detroit has been a tough team to figure out this year, and it is quite possible that they could upset the Packers with their best effort this Sunday at NFL sportsbooks.
But considering the facts that Green Bay enters the game in top form, has had continuous success against the Lions over the last six years and is the better team on paper, the Packers seem like the right side in this one.
PICK: Green Bay -3.5 (courtesy of PickShark.com)