It would be hard to find two teams in the National Football League more desperate for a win than the Packers or Lions.

When the teams meet Sunday at 12 noon at Ford Field, the NFC North rivals will be vying to end losing streaks.  For 3-5 Green Bay, it’s four straight.  For 1-6 Detroit, it’s five.

The Minnesota Vikings, who travel to Washington Sunday, are 6-1 and in command of the division as the mid-point of 2022 nears.

While playoff spots are not earned in November, they certainly can be lost in the month.

“There’s a little bit more urgency, I think, as the season gets into November,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.

There certainly should be.  The Packers defense—heavily invested in by the front office in the past five years—has underachieved and the vaunted Green Bay offense has struggled as young receivers develop and the offensive line jells.

Packer nation saw flashes of the potential and playmaking ability of rookie receivers Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure in last week’s loss to Buffalo.  Speedster Christian Watson suffered a concussion against the Bills and has been limited in practice this week.

He is listed on Friday’s injury report as questionable, along with Preston Smith (shoulder/neck), Allen Lazard (shoulder), Elgton Jenkins (knee/foot), David Bakhtiari (knee).

Both the Green Bay and Detroit defenses have been weak against the run, ranking 29th and 30th in the NFL.  The Lions are the worst overall defense, ranking 27th in pass defense and 32nd in scoring.  Green Bay ranks second against the pass and eighth overall.

Look for Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon to get plenty of carries Sunday for the Packers and former Packer Jamaal Williams to shoulder the load for the Lions.  Williams averages almost 4.5 yards per carry this season and ranks second in the league with eight touchdowns.

Jones comes off a sterling performance against the NFL’s best defense with a 143-yard rushing performance along with two touchdown receptions in Buffalo.

The Packers offensive line will be a difference maker, coming off a strong second-half performance against the Bills.  Green Bay establishes running game and Rodgers and young receivers make enough plays against an outmanned Detroit defense, which

Features a new defensive back coach after Aubrey Pleasant was fired this week.  Detroit also traded tight end T.J. Hockenson away to Minnesota, a major weapon in their offensive arsenal.

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Packers 30, Lions 23

This one will not be easy, as Green Bay has struggled in recent years at Ford Field.  The packers need this one more than Lions—who battle to the end under Dan Campbell.  Playmakers Rodgers/Jones and Alexander/Clark step up as Green Bay pulls out a hard-fought victory.