The bye week is over and the Green Bay Packers have been preparing to get back on a winning track after their week three debacle in Cincinnati.
The good news for the Packers is that they are getting back many of those who were dealing with injury. Clay Matthews, Jermichael Finley, Morgan Burnett, John Kuhn, Eddie Lacy and Jarrett Bush all returned to practice this week and have a good chance to play this Sunday. Cornerback Casey Hayward did participate in some drills, but he has already been ruled out this week. Backup offensive lineman Greg Van Roten suffered a foot sprain in Monday’s practice and he likely will not suit up this weekend either.
Green Bay needs all hands on deck now and after starting the season 1-2. While they always have a good chance of playing a divisional opponent tough, these games are some of the most grueling on the schedule due to each team’s familiarity with each other.
While Detroit has lost 22 straight games at Lambeau Field, they are growing increasingly weary of hearing about “the streak”. The Lions come in with a revamped offense and attitude. Running back Reggie Bush has been phenomenal for Detroit so far this season and if he can stay healthy (he has already missed a game due to a knee injury), he will prove very valuable. Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is benefitting from having another solid weapon to detract some of the attention from his All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Speaking of Johnson, he was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report, with a knee issue but popular opinion is that he will play this week.