NFL Game Previews: Week 18 Matchups

NFL Game Previews: Week 18 Matchups

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Green Bay at Detroit (+3.5), o/u 44.5 – Sunday, 1 p.m. EST

The Packers have nothing to play for here other than keeping people healthy. They've locked up the top seed in the NFC, and a first-round bye, so there could be some "too long a layoff" calculations at play for Matt LaFleur, but for the most part the goal will be to get Aaron Rodgers to the playoffs in one piece. The patchwork offensive line they could trot out should also provide extra incentive to get Jordan Love into the game as soon as possible. The Lions could still slip into the No. 1 pick in next year's draft if the Jaguars win, but No. 2 should do well enough for a roster that has a lot of holes to plug. Jared Goff might suit up for this one after missing the last two games, but then again he might not. A 17:8 TD:INT through 13 games isn't terrible, but his 6.5 YPA ranks 27th out of 32 QB qualifiers this season, behind such luminaries as Davis Mills and Daniel Jones. That's not the kind of company you want to keep if you want to make sure you have a starting job in 2022, and while you can make excuses for Goff's lack of dependable receiving options this year, Amon-Ra St. Brown's late-season surge hasn't been affected at all by having Tim Boyle under center.

The Skinny

GB injuries: RB Aaron Jones (questionable, knee), WR Randall Cobb

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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