The Green Bay Packers offense looked great on Sunday with a 43-point performance in a win over the Minnesota Vikings. The defense struggled at times but overall, Green Bay started the season on a high note with a victory over a divisional rival. On the other side, the Detroit Lions might’ve suffered the biggest heartbreak of the Week 1 slate when rookie running back D’Andre Swift dropped what likely would’ve been a game-winning, 16-yard touchdown reception on the second-to-last play of the game in a loss to the Chicago Bears.
What’s in store for Week 2 for each of these teams? Motivation is always a key factor when analyzing which team to wager on and which players to enter into your fantasy lineup. Green Bay should be feeling good about itself while the Lions could use the tough loss as motivation or head into Sunday’s game still thinking about what could’ve been against the Bears.
Date: September 20
Time: 1 EST
Broadcast region: TBD
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Lions: 28th vs. Pass, 16th vs. Rush
Packers: 9th vs. Pass, 27th vs. Rush
TE Hunter Bryant (hamstring), WR Kenny Golladay (hamstring), CB Darryl Roberts (calf), CB Desmond Trufant (hamstring), T Halapoulivaati Vaitai (foot), LB Jason Cabinda (ankle), S C.J. Moore (hamstring), DT Nicholas Williams (shoulder), CB Jeff Okudah (hamstring)
DT Kenny Clark (groin), LB Randy Ramsey (groin), G Lane Taylor (knee), DE Montravius Adams (toe), TE Josiah Deguara (shin), S Raven Greene (quadricep), G Elgton Jenkins (ankle), C Lucas Patrick (shoulder), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (knee), G Billy Turner (knee), LB Oren Burks (groin)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Adrian Peterson: The ageless Peterson joined the Lions’ roster a week ago, and he was the team’s main running back on Sunday. Peterson rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries compared to Kerryon Johnson’s 14 yards on seven attempts and Swift’s three-carry, eight-yard performance. Minnesota running backs found plenty of room to run against Green Bay, especially after nose tackle Kenny Clark left with an injury. Peterson could be a valuable option if Detroit continues to ride him.
Marvin Jones: Without Kenny Golladay in the lineup, Jones finished with four catches for 55 yards in Sunday’s loss. He figured to be the primary beneficiary of Golladay’s absence, but his stat line is underwhelming and he was targeted less than rookie receiver Quintez Cephus. Matthew Stafford spreads the ball around quite a bit, and it appears the Lions’ pass catchers have plenty of talent to keep Jones as a high-end WR3 in standard leagues.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Green Bay is trying to figure out who can step up as a consistent No. 2 wide receiver alongside Davante Adams. Valdes-Scantling could’ve made his case on Sunday with 96 yards on four catches. His day could’ve been a lot bigger if not for a pair of crucial drops. Aaron Rodgers has said great things about Valdes-Scantling this offseason, and he could do some damage against a Lions’ secondary that has injury concerns in the secondary heading into Sunday’s game.