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The Roar: Lions Head to Green Bay Craving Cheese

Week 9 drives the Lions into Green Bay to face the Packers for the first time this season.

Lucky for the Detroit, no Aaron Rodgers due to a broken collarbone suffered during Week 6.

Aside from Rodgers being out, it appeared that the Lions caught a break with the schedule sending them to Green Bay in early November rather than late December.

Well, Detroit’s luck ran out.

It’ll be rather brisk with game time temperature hovering around 30 degrees or so.

No excuses, though. Both teams have to deal with it. Yes, the Packers have more experience in this weather, but blame that on ownership of Detroit. Regardless of how you put it, being in the cold stinks, playing in the cold is tough and getting smoked by another human being in the cold rattles the bones.

The weather will be one thing, but here’s the rest of what the Lions will be dealing with during Monday Night Football.

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On the day that Rodgers went down, Brett Hundley took over under center against the Minnesota Vikings, but wasn’t Rodgers-like. The three-year veteran out of the University of California, Los Angeles went 18/33 for 157 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Hundley’s first career start came just a week later against the New Orleans Saints on the road in the Big Easy. His 12/25 for 87 yards and an interception wasn’t quite enough for the Packers to come out of there on top.

After dropping back-to-back games, the Packers were able to reset during Week 8 with their bye. They’ll look to use that to their advantage against the Lions.

The Lions have dropped three straight games after starting the season 3-1. They’ll look to take advantage of a potentially groggy, over-rested team in Green Bay that is being led by a rookie quarterback.

This won’t be the first time that the Lions have faced the Packers in recent years without Aaron Rodgers. They traveled to Green Bay for Week 17 back in 2012 when Rodgers was resting up for the playoffs.

Enter Matt Flynn, a four-year veteran at the time, who was making just his second career start. Flynn was a guy that the Lions didn’t know much about.

He absolutely torched Detroit’s defense in a 45-41 shootout at Lambeau Field. Flynn went 31/44 for 480 yards and six touchdowns.

Following that show, not only did the Lions learn the name of Matt Flynn, they weren’t going to be forget it.

 

 

 

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