Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Thursday NFL pick: Packers over Lions

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers talks to Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. The Lions won 18-16.
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers talks to Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford after an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis. The Lions won 18-16. AP

PACKERS (7-4) at LIONS (4-7)

Line: GB by 3

Cote’s pick: GB 27-20

TV: 8:25 p.m. Thursday, NFL (airing in South Florida)

Detroit might be favored here if recent performance outweighed public perception. Lions have won three in a row with resurgent defense and a hot Matthew Stafford and, after beating Pack 18-16 last month, are in position to sweep a season series against their division rival for first time since 1991. Detroit has won three of past four meetings. Oppositely, the slumping Gee Bees have been 1-4 since that 6-0 start, with the great Aaron Rodgers seeming pretty ordinary lately. Time for these teams’ directions to reverse field and find their normalcy, though. Bet on a big game from Rodgers and a couple of picks by Stafford.

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