The National Football League and its media partner NBC have decided to schedule the Week 18 game between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers for Sunday Night Football. The contest between bitter rivals on Sunday, Jan. 8, could send one of the teams to the NFL Playoffs.
Mobile sportsbooks in Michigan list Green Bay as the favorite when it comes to Lions vs. Packers odds. Those online sportsbooks are also offering new customers attractive bonuses to sign up in time for the Jan. 8 game.
The Packers are 4.5-point favorites at home, according to BetMGM Michigan. The Lions need a win and a Seattle Seahawks loss to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
The Packers only need to defeat Detroit to make an unlikely playoff appearance. Following a Week 9 loss to the Lions, the Packers were 3-6, but four consecutive wins have erased the frustration and finger-pointing that dominated Green Bay for much of the season.
Michigan Sportsbook Promos for Lions vs. Packers
Most online sportsbooks in Michigan are dangling promo codes or bonus offers or new customer offers as we approach Week 18 of the NFL season — just in time for the biggest game the Detroit Lions have played in many years. Here are some of the top offers available.
BetMGM Michigan: Claim a Risk-Free Bet up to $1,000
Michigan enters a third year with legal sports betting, and BetMGM Michigan has been there every step of the way. For the Packers vs. Lions game, you can rest easy win or lose because if your first wager loses, BetMGM will give you that mount in the form of betting credits up to $1,000.
Caesars Sportsbook Michigan: Claim a $1,250 Free Bet
Caesars Sportsbook operates in Michigan under the William Hill brand name through a partnership with Turtle Creek Casino. You’ll find all of the great features in their mobile sportsbook or on the William Hill/Caesars branded web-based sportsbook. Get Caesars Rewards points, and incredible offers for Lions betting, like a free bet up to $1,250 if your first wager loses, plus 1,000 Tier Credits and 1,000 Reward Credits® win or lose.
DraftKings Michigan: Get a $50 free bet with a $5 deposit
Simply register with DraftKings Michigan, and the popular sportsbook will hand you a $50 free bet once you deposit $5. DraftKings is also offering Michigan sports fans a 20% first-deposit match of up to $1,000. That’s more than enough to make Lions fans very confident heading into Week 18 and the NFL playoffs wagering on the top games.
Lions Intend to Play Hard No Matter the Stakes
Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Jan. 8, 8:20 p.m. ET
In a press conference earlier this week, Lions head coach Dan Campbell acknowledged that his team may know its playoff fate before the kickoff of their Sunday Night Football matchup in Green Bay against the Packers.
“If we can’t [make the playoffs], we aren’t approaching the game any different,” Campbell said. “We can be spoilers, and we will fight to do that.”
That “kneecap-biting” mentality that Campbell revealed the day he was introduced as Detroit’s head coach more than a year ago, is why so many Lions rooters love the guy. It’s also why the Packers should be worried.
In November, when Detroit defeated the Packers 15-9 in Detroit, it was a U-G-L-Y game. The Packers gained nearly 400 yards of offense, but QB Aaron Rodgers tossed three interceptions. Green Bay was stymied four of the six times it got into the red zone. Detroit found a way to eke out two touchdowns despite a mediocre day from QB Jared Goff.
On Sunday in Green Bay in the finale of the regular season, conditions will be much different than Week 9 when these teams met indoors in a climate-controlled warm environment. Temperatures are expected to be as low as 20 degrees at Lambeau Field. Historically, Goff has scuffled in cold weather. “Mr. Freeze” he is not.
The oddsmakers price the Packers at -4.5 for this matchup. It’s a win-and-get-in game for Rodgers, who has a 2-1 record in such games in the final week of a season. The Pack is seeking a fifth-straight win and a split against an up-and-coming division rival. Rodgers seems to think the rivalry is still one-sided.
“We can’t lose a game like that against that team,” Rodgers said after his team lost in November.
Rodgers is 18-7 against the Lions in his career. He’s used to treating Detroit like a “little brother,” but Campbell has instilled a fight in his team that proves his players are tired of being pushed around. The Lions are turning from “bullied” into “the bully.”
On Sunday, a win over Green Bay on the road would mean a winning season for the first time in six years, a possible playoff spot, and at the very least, it would spoil the season for Rodgers and a lot of green-parka-wearing Wisconsinites.
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