NFL Picks: Packers vs. Lions Best Bets for Monday Night Football

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers face the Lions on Monday night.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers face the Lions on Monday night. / Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will face off on Monday night at what is expected to be a rainy Lambeau Field in Green Bay. 

Both teams enter the matchup at 0-1, but the Packers and Lions are on completely different ends of the spectrum when it comes to where they are expected to finish this season. 

The Packers were destroyed in Week 1 by the New Orleans Saints, which came as a surprise to the NFL world, but they have a chance to bounce-back as 11.5-point favorites in Week 2 on WynnBET. 

Detroit was able to cover the spread in Week 1, but it has been historically bad against the Packers on the road in recent years, and our Iain MacMillan thinks they are the perfect fade candidate tonight. 

Here are our editors’ best bets for this Monday Night football matchup, with all odds via WynnBET Sportsbook

D’Andre Swift OVER 72.5 Rushing and Receiving Yards (-112) 

D’Andre Swift had 19 touches in the Lions’ Week 1 loss despite coming into the game with a groin injury. The second-year back was the Lions’ preferred option in the passing game, as he caught eight of his 11 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown as Jared Goff and company tried to mount a comeback. 

The Packers were torched on the ground by the Saints in Week 1, allowing 171 rushing yards in the blowout loss. While neither Alvin Kamara or Tony Jones did much in the passing game (four combined catches for 11 yards and a score), they didn’t need to as the Saints were dominating the game. 

Swift could be facing a negative game script in this one, which should allow him to showcase his receiving prowess, but the Packers’ suspect run defense, especially without Za’Darius Smith, should allow Swift and Jamaal Williams to pile up yardage before the game gets out of hand.

The Lions will be without one of their top wideouts in Tyrell Williams due to a concussion, so Goff will already be limited in his options to throw in what is already an underwhelming receiving corps.

After Swift put up 104 total yards in Week 1, I think it is a steal to get him at -112 (the under is priced at -120) to hit the over on 72.5 rushing and receiving yards. -- Peter Dewey

Packers-Lions Under 48.5 (-110)

With poor weather in the forecast during MNF, this game can slow down quite a bit. While Aaron Rodgers should have an easy time breaking down a Lions defense without their top corner Jeff Okudah, swirling winds can stunt the deep ball. I will note that this is still a rebuilding offensive line that is down the likes of David Bakhtiari (injury) and Corey Linsley (free agency), and it may take a bit for Green Bay to get to full capacity.

On the other side of the ball, the Lions offense looked much better than it was in Week 1, scoring two garbage time touchdowns to put 33 points on the board. Don't be fooled, this is still amongst the worst units in the league, particularly in the passing game, posting the 23rd best passing success rate in Week 1. I can see Green Bay bottling up Detroit's offense, and going to a ground attack in the fourth quarter with the game in hand with their eyes on the San Francisco 49ers next Sunday. I'd play this at no further than under 48. -- Reed Wallach

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