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NFL Week 17 expert picks: Staff predictions for Lions-Packers

Our score predictions for the Lions’ season finale.

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The Detroit Lions’ season is almost mercifully over, but they’ve got one more game left before they close up shop. For the players, it’s an opportunity to play for pride, play for potential free agency contract and play to sweep a division rival that has historically had their number.

But all of that can’t trump talent. And while Green Bay Packers are just 6-8-1, they’ve looked like the more talented team as of late. The Packers have won two of their last three—albeit against the Jets and Falcons—and the firing of head coach Mike McCarthy seems to have given them a second wind, even if it’s far too late.

The Lions, on the other hand, have lost four of their last five and haven’t scored more than 20 points in over a month.

As a result, most of us are picking the Packers this week. Take a look.

Kellie Rowe (9-4): 24-17 Packers
Ryan Mathews (9-6): 3-0 Packers
Jeremy Reisman (9-6): 31-13 Packers
Andrew Kato (7-5): No pick
Justin Simon (8-7): 24-13 Packers
Mike Payton (8-7): 0-0
Kent Lee Platte (8-7): 17-8 Packers
Alex Reno (8-7): 17-16 Packers
Levi Blue (7-8): 17-13 Lions
Mansur Shaheen (7-8): 17-13 Lions
Kyle Yost (7-8): 27-21 Packers
John Whiticar (6-9): 27-20 Packers
Jerry Mallory (6-9): 30-17 Packers
Hamza Baccouche (6-9): 24-21 Lions
Chris Perfett (6-9): No pick

It should come as no surprise that only two of our staffers are picking the Lions to score more than 20 points, but three still believe Detroit will come out of Lambeau as winners. Can Detroit’s defense keep them in the game against Aaron Rodgers? Will Matt Patricia have the team motivated in a “meaningless” game?

Time to hear your picks on the game. In the comment section below drop your score prediction and vote for the winner in the poll.


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