Detroit started the season so poorly — losing its first five games — there was talk that it could become the second team in franchise and NFL history to go 0-16.
Just before falling to 1-7, the Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and promoted Jim Bob Cooter to replace him.
Owner Martha Firestone Ford, unlike her late husband, didn't wait to make major changes. She shook up the franchise by firing team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew during the bye week.
And suddenly, Detroit has played like the team that won 11 games last season and made it to the playoffs. The Lions (4-7) have won three straight since the front office was overhauled.
Cornerback Darius Slay said he saw a graphic, showing the Lions as being in the playoff hunt.
"It shows we're a great team, just something happened," Slay said. "Right now, it's kind of flipped at the right time."
After starting 6-0, the Packers (7-4) have stumbled into second place behind the Vikings (8-3) in the North.
"Losing four out of our last five leaves a bad taste in your mouth," Packers guard T.J. Lang said.
Manziel still sitting
Johnny Manziel is still grounded. Benched for bad behavior, Manziel will remain on the sideline after Browns coach Mike Pettine picked quarterback Austin Davis to start Sunday against Cincinnati.
Manziel was recently stripped of his starting job by Pettine after a video surfaced of the second-year quarterback partying in Texas during the team's bye week. With starter Josh McCown done for the season with a broken collarbone, Pettine had to promote one of his backups and chose Davis, who came off the bench in the fourth quarter of Monday night's loss to Baltimore.
•NFL owners have set a special meeting to deal with a possible relocation of teams to Los Angeles for Jan. 12-13 in Houston. The Rams, Raiders and Chargers are interested in moving to LA.
•Steelers quarterback BenRoethlisberger (concussion) was cleared to play Sunday.