By Nick Freimuth
The Packers are 4-3 this season heading into tonight’s match-up with the Detroit Lions, marking the fourth straight season and the ninth time under McCarthy that Green Bay reached the bye week with a winning record (2-1 in 2016, 6-0 in 2015, 5-3 in 2014, 6-3 in 2012, 7-0 in 2011, 6-3 in 2010, 4-3 in 2008, 5-1 in 2007).
The Packers have won 10 of their last 13 regular-season games and have the best record in the NFC and the fourth-best record in the NFL over that span (Kansas City, 11-3 / Pittsburgh and New England, 12-2).
The Packers have posted 160-plus rushing yards in two of the last three games. Since the merger in 1970 (735 games for the Packers), Green Bay has had five games with 25 or fewer rushing attempts and 160-plus rushing yards, with three coming in the last 10 games. Since Week 15 last season, there have been four of those games in the NFL, and Green Bay has accounted for three of them.
Green bay needs to win tonight’s NFC North match-up to stay within one game of the division leading Minnesota Vikings.