DETROIT - The Lions have had some recent success against the Green Bay Packers, which is historically unusual.
There's just one catch: most of it came while Aaron Rodgers was injured.
The Lions are looking for their fifth straight win over Green Bay on Monday night this week, having swept the season series in the previous two years.
Three of those four wins came against backup quarterbacks. That won't be the case on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers is healthy and will bring his 13-5 record against the Lions to primetime.
The Lions are coming off a bye week, while the Packers are coming off a big win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Here are some key numbers for both teams heading into the "Monday Night Football" matchup:
- Lions (24.2) and Packers (23.8) averaging about the same points per game.
- Lions are No. 18 in third down conversions. Packers are No. 27.
- Green Bay is No. 2 in turnover differential (+7), while the Lions are No. 13 (+2).
- Lions have the fourth lowest penalty yards in the NFL this year. Packers have tenth lowest.
- Lions defense allowing about five points (23.8) more per game than Green Bay (18.6).
- Lions defense is No. 6 in third down defense. Packers are No. 22.
What to know for Lions vs. Packers:
- Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. at Lambeau Field
- TV: ESPN
- Packers are favored at -4.5.
- Records: Lions (2-1-1), Packers (4-1).
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