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Looking ahead to Lions' next opponent: Green Bay Packers

A look at the Green Bay Packers, which will play at the Detroit Lions in Week 3 of the season.

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Next up for the Detroit Lions is a home game against the Green Bay Packers. Here's an early look at the Packers:

Green Bay Packers (1-1)

Schedule so far

Week 1 - at Seahawks - lost, 36-16
Week 2 - vs. Jets - won, 31-24

Reason for optimism

The Lions have already recorded six sacks this season, which puts them in the top 10 in the NFL. Their pass rush has seemingly been more effective than it was last season, and that's not good news for Aaron Rodgers, who has already been sacked seven times. That puts the Packers' O-line toward the bottom of the NFL in pass protection, and given the issues they have had up front, it wouldn't be surprising if we see a repeat of last year's game on Thanksgiving, when the Lions got to Matt Flynn seven times.

Reason for pessimism

Unfortunately for the Lions, Flynn isn't going to be behind center for the Packers this week. Rodgers is healthy, and he looks as good as ever. In Week 2, he completed 25 of 42 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns against the New York Jets. His go-to target was Jordy Nelson, who caught nine passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. The Lions pass defense has actually done a good job so far this season, but facing Rodgers is a much tougher test than Eli Manning and a less-than-100-percent Cam Newton. Especially with injuries mounting in the secondary, the Lions defense could be in for a long day through the air.

Storyline to watch

With all four teams in the NFC North currently 1-1, this is a pretty important game for both the Lions and the Packers. Yes, it's still quite early in the season, but there's a big difference between being 1-2 and in last place and 2-1 and in first place. For the Lions, it would be less than ideal to drop another game to a team that could be battling them for a playoff spot later in the season, especially with that game being played at Ford Field. The Lions really need to rebound and get things back on track this week.

Additional info

For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company.