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NFL Week 17 Preview: Packers at Lions

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 04: Randall Cobb #18 and Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers line up for a play in the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on December 4, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers visit the Detroit Lions in Week 17 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.

PFFELO Ranking: 20

Coverage by: Sam McGaw

Matchup: Green Bay Packers offense vs. Detroit Lions defense

T David Bakhtiari Green Bay Packers

PFFELO Ranking: 18

Coverage by: Brett Whitefield

Matchup: Detroit Lions offense vs. Green Bay Packers defense

  • TE Eric Ebron vs. Packers defense – While both the Lions and Packers wont being playing for much in terms of playoff hopes this coming week, each player will still be looking to leave their best impression as the season ends. Eric Ebron has an opportunity to put an exclamation point on what has been his best season as a pro. After a few shaky moments to start the season, Ebron has settled in nicely and has been one of the top-graded tight ends league-wide over the past seven games. Flashing ability as a receiver, Ebron has worked his way into a top-10 receiving grade on the season with a mark of 75.9. This week he matches up with a Packers defense that has struggled against opposing teams top tight end threat. Just two weeks ago they allowed nine receptions on 11 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown to Greg Olsen. If Ebron can find similar production, he will play a crucial part in the game's outcome.
  • WR Marvin Jones vs. CB Davon House – Back in Week 9 Jones lit the Packers secondary up, catching seven of 11 targets for 107 yards and two touchdowns. House was responsible for allowing four of those catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, which was one of Jones’ five deep receiving touchdowns this season. House has played just below average all year and ranks 86th among cornerbacks with an overall grade of 69.7. Quarterbacks have been productive when targeting him, producing a passer rating of 103.0. The Lions could like to find similar success targeting the matchup this week in hopes of ending the season with a winning record.

WR Marvin Jones Detroit Lions

  • QB Matthew Stafford vs. Packers pass-rush – Stafford had arguably his best game of the season back in Week 9 when these two teams matched up last, as his 88.1 game grade was the top game grade among quarterbacks that week. Stafford was kept clean on 25 of his dropbacks and did serious damage, completing 23-of-25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns. If the Packers want a shot at stopping the Stafford and the Lions passing attack, getting a pass-rush will be crucial. Since their Week 9 game the Packers rank 26th as a defense with a pressure rate of just 32.9 percent while the Lions offensive line ranks 19th in pressure rate allowed with a mark of 34.6 percent.

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