Bold prediction of the week: Lions and Packers face off in shootout… on the gr

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    Another week , another bold prediction of the week. It was a shame the Lions couldn’t recreate their prime time performance when they played the Dallas Cowboys last week, but who knows? Maybe their massacre of the New England Patriots was a crime of passion, and with a meeting against the Packers coming up Sunday, we could see that same passion light a fire under this streaky Lions team. Bold prediction of the week: Lions and Packers combine for 300 yards rushingFor the Lions, we all know how beautiful a thing it can be when the running game is working. Week 3 against the Patriots was a strange feeling to see the offense move the ball and be in such firm control of the game. Last week, Kerryon Johnson continued to perform well when given the ball, averaging just over six yards per carry on nine rushes against the Cowboys. After the game, Matt Patricia took flak from the media as Johnson seemed to disappear from the game despite being productive. LeGarrette Blount and Theo Riddick received most of the snaps at running back, but the running game stagnated as the game progressed. If Patricia can see the side of his critics, expect Johnson to be the primary back on Sunday. On the Packers’ side, things are changing in the backfield. Aaron Jones, who emerged as their number one running back last season, returned from suspension in Week 3. He has since had seven and twelve touches in the last two weeks, respectively. Jones has been very productive, averaging 6.3 yards-per-carry in that span, which gives all the more reason for Mike McCarthy to keep increasing his workload this week against the Lions. If both of these narratives fall into place, we could see a lot of handoffs in this game. Kerryon Johnson has been very productive since his role has expanded; if he can hit his stride early Sunday there’s no reason for the Lions to turn away from him. For the Packers Youth Devon Kennard Jersey , Aaron Jones’ productivity has been welcomed and they will continue to feed him against the Lions’ 32nd-ranked run defense. It could be a surprisingly ground-dominated game from both teams come Sunday afternoon.Lions waive Anthony Zettel, sign DE Romeo Okwara The Detroit Lions waived defensive lineman Anthony Zettel and were awarded former New York Giants defensive end Romeo Okwara via waivers on Wednesday. The news was first reported by ESPN reporter Field Yates and later confirmed by the Lions organization.While the move is fairly straight forward—replacing one defensive lineman with another—the transaction comes after the 53-man roster cutdowns and many NFL observers had assumed that Zettel’s place on the Lions roster was secured, perhaps even as a starting option opposite Ezekiel Ansah.Instead, the Lions have decided to take their chances on the waiver wire, less than six days before their season opener against the New York Jets on “Monday Night Football.” Okwara, an undrafted lineman from Notre Dame, played for the Giants from 2016 until Tuesday, when he was released by the organization. He spent most of the 2017 season on the injured reserve, suffering from an issue with his knee. During this preseason, Okwara was productive for the Giants, recording eight QB pressures—one sack, one hit, and six hurries according to Pro Football Focus’ Brett Whitefield.According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Zettel, the sixth-round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft, was in the Lions locker room not an hour before he was waived.

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