Back in November, the Detroit Lions had overcome a 1-3 start and owned a 6-4 record with six games to go. Jim Caldwell’s club also possessed a two-game lead in the NFC North over the Green Bay Packers. Mike McCarthy’s club found itself in the midst of a four-game skid which dropped their record to 4-6.

The Lions have cooled off in recent weeks while the Pack has certainly been back. Winners of five straight games, the perennial playoff participant is now tied with their rivals from the Motor City atop the division. Which means this Sunday night’s meeting between the two clubs is for all the marbles in the NFC North.

Regaining his fancy passing

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been extremely hot of late. And to make matters worse for his opposition this week, he’s enjoyed quite the career versus the Men from Motown. As for this season, the 12-year pro has thrown for 26 scores and has been picked off only three times in his last 10 games. This was following a start in which he managed just 10 TD passes and four interceptions in Green Bay’s first five contests. Those feeling that the two-time NFL MVP had been slipping must be reminded that one season earlier, Rodgers connected for just 31 scores and eight interceptions. The Packers are a very flawed team in 2016, lacking a reliable running attack, while the defense has had its ups and downs.

The specifics

Now we’ll get to specifics when it comes to the Green Bay Packers signal-caller in this rivalry. Earlier this season (Week 3), he threw four touchdown passes in the second half at Lambeau Field and McCarthy’s team held on for dear life in a 34-27 triumph. All told, he owns a 12-3 record as a starter in this NFC North rivalry.

Rodgers has thrown for 3,758 yards in those 15 contests, connecting for 30 scores compared to a mere six interceptions. He has also won his share of big games at Ford Field. Remember last season’s “Hail Mary” TD toss to tight end Richard Rodgers on the game’s final play?

A banged-up Lions’ secondary has had its issues all season.

This is a team that ranks a respectable 16th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game. But Detroit defenders have also given up 29 touchdowns through the air. Caldwell and company have won six straight home games. However, they will have to be at their best to cool off a player that has given the Lions fits for far too long.

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