The teams: The Green Bay Packers (6-3) vs. the Detroit Lions (4-5).
The time: Noon CST Sunday.
The place: Ford Field, Detroit.
The TV coverage: FOX – WITI (Ch. 6 in Milwaukee), WMTV (Ch. 47 in Madison) and WLUK (Ch. 11 in Green Bay).
The announcers: Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, with Pam Oliver reporting from the sidelines.
The coaches: Green Bay's Mike McCarthy is 74-39 (including 5-3 in the postseason) in his seventh season as the Packers' coach and as an NFL head coach. Detroit’s Jim Schwartz is 22-36 (including 0-1 in the postseason) in his fifth year as the Lions’ coach and as an NFL head coach.
The series: The Packers lead the all-time regular-season series 91-65-7. The Packers have won 12 of the teams’ last 13 meetings, and while they are below .500 all-time in Detroit (37-40-3), they are 7-3 at Ford Field.
The rankings: The Packers’ 19th-ranked offense is No. 23 in rushing and No. 12 in passing. Their 14th-ranked defense is tied for No. 10 against the run and is No. 20 against the pass. The Lions’ second-ranked offense is No. 24 in rushing and No. 1 in passing. Their 10th-ranked defense is No. 19 against the run and No. 9 against the pass.
The line: The Packers are favored by 3 points.
The injury report:
Out – WR Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen), OLB Clay Matthews (hamstring), S Charles Woodson (collarbone), TE Andrew Quarless (knee).
Questionable – CB Sam Shields (ankle), TE Ryan Taylor (chest), LB Terrell Manning (shoulder).
Probable – DE Mike Neal (ankle), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring/foot), WR Donald Driver (thumb), FB John Kuhn (hamstring), G/T T.J. Lang (elbow/wrist), TE D.J. Williams (hamstring), DE Jerel Worthy (concussion), RB Johnny White (illness), RB Alex Green (knee).
Out – S Amari Spievey (concussion), DT Corey Williams (knee).
Doubtful – S Louis Delmas (knee).
Questionable – CB Chris Houston (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (knee).
Probable – DE Cliff Avril (back/concussion), S Erik Coleman (eye), K Jason Hanson (left foot), LB Ashlee Palmer (chest), WR Titus Young (knee).
THE BREAKDOWN: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Comeback kids: One of the more enjoyable things about a Friday conversation with Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers is that you can always count on him to highlight for you the one statistic that he himself has focused on with his players during the course of the week.
Last Friday was no different, with Capers backing up perception – that the Lions are a fourth-quarter team – with empirical data.
“Here’s the thing about this team: You look at our game last year, we started the fourth quarter up 24-0, all right? And they scored two touchdowns,” Capers said, referring to the Packers’ 27-15 victory at Ford Field on Thanksgiving Day. “You look at this team, more so than any other team in the league, in the first three quarters they’ve scored 95 points; in the fourth quarter they’ve scored 118. So they’ve scored 23 more points in one quarter than they have in the other three combined.
“So you’d better be ready to play in the fourth quarter. Because I don’t know if there’s ever enough of a margin when you look at the games they’ve won. They’ve come back from big deficits and won three of those (four) games (they’ve won).”