Lions vs Packers Prediction, Odds & Best Bets for Week 18 (Green Bay Secures Playoff Berth at Lambeau Field)

Larry Rupp
Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers prediction, odds and best bets for NFL Week 18 game.
Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers prediction, odds and best bets for NFL Week 18 game. / AP Photos/Rick Osentoski
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Lions vs Packers Week 18 Game Info

2022 NFL Regular Season — Week 18
Detroit Lions (8-8, 3-4 Away) vs. Green Bay Packers (8-8, 5-3 Home)
Date: Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023
Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Venue: Lambeau Field — Green Bay, WI
Coverage: NBC

Two teams vying to secure a playoff berth meet head-to-head in Week 18 as the Detroit Lions travel to take on the Green Bay Packers. The Lions dominated the Chicago Bears in a 41-10 win on Sunday. Running back Jamaal Williams stole the show with 157 total yards and 1 touchdown on 23 touches.

Meanwhile, the Packers picked apart the Minnesota Vikings in a 41-17 Week 17 win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Running backs Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon combined for 152 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 26 attempts. Safety Adrian Amos shined with 7 tackles and 1 interception on defense.

Lions vs Packers Odds & Spread

All NFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: DET: (+176) | GB: (-210)
Spread: DET: +4.5 (-114) | GB: -4.5 (-106)
Total: 48.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Packers enter this contest as notable home favorites on the moneyline and spread on FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This Week 18 clash also features one of the higher totals on the NFL slate at 48.5 points.

Lions vs Packers Prediction & Pick

There's not many football fans that thought this game would have major playoff implications a few weeks ago. The Packers once stood at 4-8 and the Lions once stood at 4-7. Each team has racked up one dominant win after another since then and now have a playoff berth within their grasps, though.

I'll have to give the edge to the Packers here as this game will be played in frigid temperatures at Lambeau Field. The Lions have struggled to score away from Ford Field, averaging 19.3 points per road game. Green Bay has posted an average scoring margin of +7.6 over its last four home games.

The Packers are also 5-2 straight up in their last seven games against the Lions. I'll roll with Green Bay.

Final Score Prediction: Lions: 24 | Packers: 27

Lions vs Packers Betting Trends

- Detroit is 8-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games.
- The total has hit the over in 12 of Detroit's last 18 games.
- Green Bay is 17-3 straight up in its last 20 home games against Detroit.
- The total has hit the over in five of Green Bay's last seven games.

Lions vs Packers Best Bet

I trust veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers to find a way to win this game, but expecting that win to come by more than a field goal seems like a stretch. After all, Detroit is an impressive 8-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last nine games overall and 9-0 ATS in its last nine games against the NFC North.

The Lions are also 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games against the Packers and either won or lost by less than 5 points in eight of those 11 games. Expect head coaches Dan Campbell and Matt LaFleur to pull out every trick they have up their sleeves with the playoffs on the line. It'll a hard-fought contest.

Bet: Detroit Lions +4.5 (-114)

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