The Detroit Lions are heading into a huge Week 9 matchup on “Monday Night Football” with little optimism. The team is on a three-game losing streak and is in danger of falling out of the NFC North race with the Minnesota Vikings currently on a four-game winning streak.
Despite all of that, and the fact that Detroit has won in Lambeau just once since 1991, the Lions are actually favored to pick up a road victory over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. Depending on the source, Detroit is anywhere between a one and three-point favorite over their NFC North rivals.
Obviously, this has a lot to do with the Packers’ loss of Aaron Rodgers, who suffered a broken collarbone two weeks ago against the Vikings. Green Bay has lost two straight since the injury, and although the Packers are coming off a bye, not many are giving them a chance in 2017.
The Lions being favored in Lambeau is just about as rare as them coming away with a victory. FantasyData.com has Vegas odds dating back to 2002, and according to the site, the Lions have previously been favored in Green Bay just once since then.
That one game? The infamous New Year’s Day shootout between Matthew Stafford and Matt Flynn. Yes, the last time the Lions were favored in Green Bay was the last time they faced an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team in Lambeau—and the Lions ended up losing that game 45-41.
Hopefully history won’t repeat itself and Detroit can take the heightened expectations and run with them on Monday night.