NFL Week 18 SNF: Lions vs Packers Betting Odds

Pack The Lions

The Green Bay Packers welcome the Detroit Lions to Lambeau Field for a Sunday Night Football showdown that will decide the NFC playoff frame. As ever, we preview the Lions vs Packers Betting Odds, analyze the key storylines and weigh in with free NFL predictions and picks.

As things currently stand, the market is cornered with the hosts. The Green Bay Packers are priced as the -225 favorites (bet $225 to win $100) while the Detroit Lions are priced as the +185 underdogs (bet $100 to win $185).

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The point spread is delicately nestled on 4½ points with the Packers to the good and the total is projected to 49 points with the over and under juiced to -110, respectively.

With the NFL playoff bracket for the 2022 playoffs resting on the outcome of this matchup, all eyes will be on this fascinating NFC North showdown..

Will the Packers come through on their favorable odds or will the Lions deliver the biggest upset of Week 18?

NFL Odds

Last Updated: 01/06/2023Detroit LionsGreen Bay Packers
Spread-4½ (-120)-4½ (-120)
Over/UnderO49 (-110)U49 (-110)
Pick-4 ½(-110)-4 ½(-110)

From NFL Lookaheads to Week 18 NFL Odds

The Lookahead lines for this NFL game had the Packers projected at -3½ before the New Year, but following Green Bay’s complete evisceration of the NFC North champions Minnesota Vikings 41-17 last Sunday, the market perked up. DE

‘The official NFL Week 18 opening Lions vs Packers Betting Odds saw this game nestled on a 4-point spread with the hosts to the good.’

The line swiftly jumped up to Packers -4½ across the sportsbook exchange, where it appears to have held firm since.

Lions Punching Above Their Weight Class

The Lions continued their inspired late-season push by beating the hapless Chicago Bears 41-10 in NFL Week 17. But how much stock should bettors put in Detroit’s win over Chicago?

When the Bears are not only eliminated from the playoff frame but also in the race with the Houston Texans for the No. 1 NFL draft pick.

Of course, this isn’t to take away from the Lions or their concentrated performance. There is no denying that they’ve turnaround their campaign in the second half of the NFL season and deserve all the plaudits that come with it.

They’ve also put themselves in a position to make the playoffs, though they need a win over the Packers and a loss by the Seattle Seahawks to make the cut.

Jared Goff has been superb during this positive run of form and the Lions offense has been firing at all cylinders as a result. The Lions have won seven of their last nine games to improve to an 8-8-0 record.

They are also averaging 28 points per game (ppg) in their last three outings, up from a season average of 27 ppg.

And the defense has elevated its play, allowing a paltry 21.3 ppg in their last three outings, which is down from a seasonal average of 25.7 ppg.

The Lions have won four of their last five games and seven of their last nine games. They’re also 8-1-0 against the spread since NFL Week 9, when they ironically beat the Packers 15-9 at Ford Field.

Detroit Lions NFL Betting Trends

  • Detroit is 3-4-0 SU on the road in its last seven away games
  • Detroit is 4-1-0 SU against the NFC North
  • Detroit is 11-5-0 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Detroit is 4-3-0 ATS in its last seven away games
  • Detroit is 4-2-0 ATS in its last six away games as an underdog
  • Detroit is 5-0-0 ATS versus the NFC North

Packers Must-Win

The Packers were the quintessential longshot bet to make the playoffs only a month ago. But fast forward through an undefeated run in December, they’re in pole position to clinch a wild card spot in the playoffs with a win over the Lions in their season finale.

For the Packers, it’s as simple as that: win and you are in. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense found their mojo in the second half of the season and the results are evident on the NFL scores.

The Packers’ season average is 22.1 ppg but in the last three weeks that number has rocketed up to 30.3 ppg, underscoring the chemistry Rodgers has found with his wide receivers.

The defense has also raised its level of play, as evidenced by their comprehensive performance against the Vikings last Sunday. The Packers held the NFC North champions to just three points until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter when the game was practically decided.

Green Bay Packers NFL Betting Trends

  • Green Bay is 5-3-0 SU at home in its last eight games
  • Green Bay is 3-2-0 versus the NFC North
  • Green Bay is 8-8-0 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Green Bay is 4-3-0 ATS at home in its last seven games
  • Green Bay is 3-3-0 in its last six games as a home favorite

Lions vs Packers Betting Verdict

It is no surprise at all to see the Lions vs Packers Betting Odds cornered with Green Bay. The Packers control their destiny and a win over Lions will rubber stamp their passage.

The Lions don’t control their destiny. They will know their fate partially before this game kicks off because they need a Seattle loss to give them a chance to go through with a win over Green Bay.

Should Seattle win, they’ll be done.

Nevertheless, assuming everything is in play, beating the Packers under any circumstance at Lambeau Field is a big ask. Believe it when it happens.

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