Lions will battle Packers at legendary Lambeau Field

The 8-4 Green Bay Packers are a touchdown favorite this Sunday night as the 4-8 Detroit Lions invade legendary Lambeau Field in an attempt to salvage their season. Conditions have certainly been worse at Lambeau in past battles, but the Lions will definitely face an uphill battle on what is expected to be a cold night in Green Bay.

The Packers of course have a very rich history, with the great Vince Lombardi standing at the top of the heap with his incredible teams from the 60s. The video above relives the story of the legendary “Ice Bowl” championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys from New Year’s Eve in 1967 at a frozen Lambeau Field with windchill taking the temperature down to −70°F. We’ve all heard the “frozen tundra” line a million times and this is where it all started. The Packers has plenty of down years after that, but then returned to greatness with Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre in the 90s and then again several years ago with Aaron Rodgers.

So the Lions will have to deal with much more than their own problems Sunday night. They’ll be on the road in cold weather facing a tough Packer team and all the mystique of Lambeau Field as well. Perhaps that doesn’t mean to much to the players on the field, but this stadium has its reputation for a reason. It’s hard to win there. There’s also this nugget – the Lions have lost 20 consecutive games in Green Bay. You can bet they’ll be hearing about that all week. It can either motivate them or contribute to another loss.

The Packers have their own problems, as they can’t seem to generate a running game. Their once-dominant passing game can get derailed when the opposing defense can key on the pass rush, and with Ndamukong Suh leading the charge, the Packers need to make sure Rodgers stays on his feet. He has been sacked a league-leading 39 times and the offensive line is banged up. They’re hoping that the signing of running back Ryan Grant can help.

Suh has also had some issues, as usual, and some argue he’s becoming a distraction for a Lions team that has had a very disappointing season with only four wins. The Lions had big expectations this season, and Matthew Stafford is piling up huge yardage again, but the defense keeps killing them. Nothing will change for the Lions until they can stop someone, and even with their issues the Packers are still very dangerous. We could see another shootout.

If you’re heading to the game, dress warm and keep a look out for Prilosec OTC as they are doing an on-location event at the Lambeau tailgate in connection with the new Prilosec OTC Wildberry.

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Culpepper gives Steelers issues in Lions’ loss


Okay, who played quarterback for the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Because it sure as hell wasn’t Daunte Culpepper.

In the Steelers’ 28-20 win over the Lions on Sunday, somebody resembling Culpepper (wearing Culpepper’s jersey) totaled 282 yards and one touchdown on 23-of-37 passing. Imposter Culpepper also rushed for 44 yards in the loss and actually kept the Lions in contention despite not having receiver Calvin Johnson, who suffered an injury and left the game.

Despite the surprising performance, Culpepper’s decision-making was as brutal as ever, which was evident in his second half interception. He was also sacked seven times and apparently bathed his hands in butter before the game because he fumbled three times. Still, he performed admirably against a tough Pittsburgh defense.

Looking at the stats, it’s amazing that the Steelers didn’t win this game by four touchdowns. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 277 yards and three touchdowns, while Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 5.1 YPC (despite only gaining 77 rushing yards). But Pittsburgh’s defense allowed Culpepper to keep the chains moving and couldn’t get off the field as Detroit converted 11 of its 18 third down attempts.

I wouldn’t say that the Steelers regressed after their convincing 38-28 win last Sunday night over the Chargers, but Mike Tomlin has to be somewhat disappointed that his team only compiled 82 yards on the ground against a suspect Detroit run defense. (Not to mention his defense allowed Daunte freaking Culpepper to keep this game close in the end.)

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