Packers vs. Lions: Why Both Teams Must Run the Ball to Win SNF Clash

December 8, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions feature two of the best passing offenses in the NFL over the last handful of seasons, but running the football may take precedence when the two teams meet Sunday night at Lambeau Field. 
Not only is the weather expected to be conducive to the running game, but several injuries to both passing offenses have handicapped what the two can realistically expect to accomplish against each defense. 
The two-year stats certainly wouldn't expect the run to be much of a factor when these two offenses meet. 
Over the last two seasons, Green Bay and Detroit have combined for 17,308 passing yards and 140 touchdowns (Packers: 8,323, 81 touchdowns; Lions: 8,985, 59 touchdowns). Both teams are in the top five of passing yards since 2011. 
In comparison, the two teams have only rushed for 5,584 yards and 41 scores (Packers: 2,818 yards, 18 touchdowns; Lions: 2,766, 23). Each ranks in the lower half of the NFL over the t...

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