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Packers Host Lions in NFC North Showdown


GREEN BAY, WI (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers will try to even their record at 2-2 Sunday afternoon when they host the Detroit Lions.  Detroit has slowly improved in the past three years, after going 0-16 in 2009.  This season, the Lions have made waves - and not just because they added rejuvenated running back Reggie Bush.  Detroit has two new defensive ends - Ziggy Ansah and Willie Young.  Ansah, a first-round rookie, replaced veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch.  Young is a backup who moved into a starting role after Jason Jones went out for the season two weeks ago with a knee injury.  Jones had come over from Seattle in the off-season after former Lions' end Cliff Avril left for the Seahawks.  Packers' offensive line coach James Campen calls Ansah and Young high-energy and talented players.  They've helped Detroit take a share of the N-F-C North lead with the Chicago Bears at 3-1. 

M-D Jennings will start at free safety for the Packers.  Strong safety Morgan Burnett will make his season debut after he suffered a nasty hamstring injury in an exhibition game against Seattle on August 23rd.  Jennings, Jerron McMillian, and rookie Chris Banjo have been sharing time at both safety spots.  Safeties' coach Darren Perry said Jennings has been more consistent than the other two - especially with his tackling.  Perry said the Packers would not rotate at the free safety spot, and Jennings will get the lion's share of the snaps.  Banjo will be the main backup at both safety positions.  Running back James Starks, corner Casey Hayward, and offensive lineman Greg Van Roten are all out for today's game.  All of the Packers' other walking wounded are listed as probable, including Burnett and linebacker Clay Matthews.  For Detroit, corner Chris Houston will return after he hurt a hamstring.  Receiver Calvin Johnson and safety Glover Quin are both listed as questionable, but they're expected to play.  The Lions will try to end a 22-game losing streak on the Packers' home fields, dating back to the days when the Pack also played home games at Milwaukee County Stadium.

Pregame coverage on WHBL begins this morning at 10 o'clock.  Kickoff is at Noon.