On Sunday, the Green Bay Packers (1-2) will host the Detroit Lions (3-1) in a divisional contest at Lambeau Field. The game will be televised on FOX with kick off scheduled for 12:00 p.m. Following a bye week, the Packers look to rebound after losing a back and forth game to the Cincinnati Bengals. In that game against the Bengals, return man Jeremy Ross had another mistake, this time muffing the Packers’ opening kickoff. The Bengals recovered and scored a touchdown on the next play. Being his second mistake in as many games, the Packers cut Ross and had to find a new return man during the bye week.
The thought is that the Packers will put Randall Cobb back at the return spot. Cobb was relieved of his duties as the return man so he could become a bigger part in the Packers’ offensive game plan. When Cobb has been the returner, he has had some exciting moments, including his 108 yard kickoff return against the New Orleans Saints in his first career game. If the Packers decide to shy away from Cobb, they can put rookie Johnathan Franklin back to return kicks after his great game against the Bengals.
The good news for the Packers is that starting strong safety Morgan Burnett is slated to make his season debut after missing the first three games of the regular season with a hamstring injury. Burnett’s return will bring another veteran to a young secondary, which has not played bad during this early part of the season. More good news for the Packers is that running back Eddie Lacy has been practicing and is scheduled to return from his concussion that he suffered against the Washington Redskins in week 2. If Lacy can’t go, the Packers will have to turn to Franklin since the team’s other running back, James Starks, is still out with a knee injury. Franklin did rush for over 100 yards against the Bengals, proving there is talent in the backfield.
This game against the Lions also means the start of divisional play for the Packers. The Packers enter the contest one and a half games back from the Lions for first place in the division, so a win in this game would be a big momentum shifter in the NFC North. Being the first Packers game since the bye, I guarantee Lambeau Field will be loud and full of energy. All the Packers need to do is deliver.