December 03, 2015 - Jesse Lawrence
Struggling Packers Meet Lions in Crucial ‘TNF’ Matchup Tonight
Tonight’s Thursday Night Football matchup may not mean much for the underachieving Detroit Lions, but the emergency lights are flickering for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers handed over first place in the NFC North to the Minnesota Vikings after falling to the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving and now possess the conference’s first Wild Card playoff spot. The poor play of both the Packers and Lions in recent weeks has impacted the secondary ticket market for tonight’s game. Since October 31, when the Packers were 6-0 and the Lions a dismal 1-6, the average price for Lions vs Packers tickets on TiqIQ has dropped 18.2% from $172.43 to its current price of $141.04. The cheapest ticket is currently listed for $51. The Packers have gone just 1-4 since winning their first six games while the Lions have won three out of their last four. Despite the drop in price over the last five weeks, tonight’s game is still the third most expensive game in Detroit this season. It is trumped in average price only by last week’s game with the Philadelphia Eagles ($151.98) and a September 27 game against the Denver Broncos ($194.31). If heading to Ford Field, Hipmunk.com offers the best deals on all travel arrangements. Detroit hotels on Hipmunk start from just $45 per night while flights can be made from anywhere in the country. The Lions have the opportunity to sweep the season series from the Packers for the first time since 1991. They fended off Green Bay during a Week 10 game at Lambeau Field, 18-16, in just their second win of the season. They have since rallied to beat the Raiders and Eagles to keep their pipe dream playoff hopes alive. The promotion of Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator has had an immense impact on Detroit’s turnaround, which has seen quarterback Matthew Stafford generate better statistics than last year’s MVP in Aaron Rodgers. Since Cooter took the position in late-October Stafford has posted a greater completion percentage, passing yards per game and quarterback rating. Rodgers, on the other hand, has been the leader of an anemic offense that has shown minimal upside. Since their Week 4 win over the San Francisco 49ers the Packers have ranked near the bottom of the league in several offenses categories, including points per game and yards per outing. Running back Eddie Lacy has been the sole bright spot on an otherwise weak offensive unit, rushing for over 100 yards in his last two games, though that followed a string of disappointing games with an injury. The Pack will hope to reverse their fortune with a big win in the Motor City tonight.