NFL

NFL Preview: Packers pushing for play-off place

2016-12-30
A preview of Green Bay Packers against Detroit Lions in the game of the day in the final round of regular-season NFL games.

The final round of regular-season NFL games take place on New Year’s Day and there is plenty of opportunity to get 2017 off to a profitable start.

The match of the day is the late game in the NFC North between Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. Both teams will be certain of a play-off place if the New York Giants (13/5) beat the Washington Redskins (31/100) earlier in the day but even if they do, there will be plenty at stake in Motor City in determining which team will be at home post-season and which must hit the road.

The Lions will be desperate to claim their first divisional title and a home play-off game in 23 years but are in poor form, having lost 42-21 to the Dallas Cowboys last week.

In contrast, the Packers are the 9/2 fourth-favourites to win the NFC Conference and 10/1 to win the Super Bowl. They go into this match on the back of five straight wins, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing 11 touchdowns and no interceptions during that run.

The Packers are 8/15 for the win while punters looking for a bigger return may be tempted by Green Bay to win by six points or more at 11/9 as they seek to secure a play-off place.

Rodgers said: “Everything that we’ve accomplished up until this point, the five-game win streak, pushing through adversity, doesn’t mean anything if we don’t take care of business on Sunday night. We have to keep this thing going and it starts in Detroit, and hopefully continues on after that.”