The Green Bay Packers (14-1) and Detroit Lions (10-5) face off in Week 17 of the NFL season Sunday.
When: 12:00 CST, Sunday, January 1, 2012.
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI.
TV: FOX; Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick with the call, Laura Okmin on the sidelines.
Radio: 620 AM WTMJ (Milwaukee); Packers Radio Network; NFL Sunday Drive.
Series: Packers lead, 92-65-7 (Packers won last regular season game, 27-17, on Nov. 24, 2011 at Ford Field.)
Five things to watch
1. Money to be made
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that he wants all three quarterbacks to play on Sunday, but the middle man in the group has a golden opportunity to bump up his price tag this summer. Matt Flynn, the Packers backup quarterback and a free agent after the season, will likely see the majority of the snaps against the Lions. Another solid performance on the big stage may propel a quarterback-needy team to give Flynn the opportunity to start for their franchise—and the money that goes with it—next season.
2. Who needs receivers?
The Packers offense may be one of the most receiver-dependent outfits in the NFL, but they’ll be down two at that position on Sunday. Both Greg Jennings (knee) and Randall Cobb (groin) were ruled out this week by McCarthy. Their absence should mean an increase in snaps for the Packers’ four tight ends, and more specifically, rookies D.J. Williams and Ryan Taylor. Expect the two first-year players to log career highs in snaps and receptions on Sunday.