Posted on: November 22, 2023, 11:38h.
Last updated on: November 22, 2023, 11:38h.
When the Green Bay Packers take on the Detroit Lions this Thanksgiving, they’ll likely be without running back Aaron Jones due to a knee injury.
Jones sustained a left knee injury during Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. While he initially feared an ACL tear, an MRI revealed it was only an MCL sprain. Head coach Matt LaFleur stated that Jones will not be placed on the IR, but he is unlikely to play on Thursday.
“Very relieved that it’s not anything long term,” said LaFleur. “We’ll just kind of work through that.”
This season, Jones has only played in seven games, rushing for 245 yards on 66 carries with two touchdowns. He has also added 19 catches and one touchdown reception.
With Jones potentially sidelined, the Packers will likely start AJ Dillon at running back on Thursday. However, their backup, Emanuel Wilson, is questionable with a separated shoulder. The team recently promoted Patrick Taylor from the practice squad.
Meanwhile, the Lions are -7.5 favorites against the Packers, and they boast one of the best betting records in the NFL this season, with a 7-3 record against the point spread (ATS).
As for the Packers, they are 5-5 ATS, and their season has been a rollercoaster in terms of betting. They started with a 3-0 ATS record, but have since gone 1-5 ATS in their last six games.
Currently, the Packers are in third place in the NFC North with a 4-6 record. They are eyeing a wild card spot, but with their current standing, they have a 25% chance of making it to the postseason, and less than a 1% chance of winning the Super Bowl.
An upset victory against the Lions on Thanksgiving could significantly improve the Packers’ chances of making it to the playoffs. However, they also face tough matchups ahead, including games against the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Bucs, Carolina Panthers, and the Vikings.
Overall, the Packers are considered a long shot to win the NFC North and have +20000 odds of winning the Super Bowl.
In conclusion, the Packers will have to overcome the challenges ahead if they hope to secure a spot in the playoffs and potentially make a deep run towards the Super Bowl.