Detroit Lions (2-1) 19, Green Bay Packers (1-2) 7
Sunday September 21st 2014 (at Detroit)
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) tries to tackle Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush (21) during the third quarter of Sunday's game at Ford Field in Detroit. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette 
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley (98) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in the third quarter during Sunday's game at Ford Field in Detroit. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette 
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell (35) makes a run in the fourth quarter during Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field in Detroit. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette
(DETROIT) - Reggie Bush had a touchdown and a stout defense held Aaron Rodgers in check, as the Detroit Lions took a 19-7 win over the Green Bay Packers in an NFC North battle from Ford Field. Matthew Stafford had a tough day as he was picked off twice and lost a fumble while going 22-for-34 for 246 yards, but the Lions (2-1) defense picked up the slack with a fumble return for a touchdown along with a safety. "A very tough division battle which I think everyone knew and understood coming in," said Detroit head coach Jim Caldwell. "Our guys had to play well and I think the guys on defense did a terrific job." Rodgers, who rallied his team in the second half last week to defeat the Jets, never found a rhythm as he led Green Bay (1-2) to a touchdown just once and finished the game a paltry 16-for-27 for 162 yards. "Disappointing loss, especially because we knew how tough it was going to be coming up here," said Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy. "The way I see it, we didn't take advantage of our opportunities on offense. The defense did a great job today, though." The first big play of the game came from the Detroit defense as Nick Fairley stripped the ball from Eddie Lacy and Don Carey picked it up, running 40 yards into the end zone for a 7-0 lead three minutes in. Both offenses sputtered for the next several possessions, and the Packers came up with an interception of Stafford as a pass was tipped into the hands of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for his first career pick. A low block call to Detroit on the play gave Green Bay the ball at its own 41, and Rodgers took advantage of the short field. Rodgers converted a 3rd-and-10 with a 16-yard pass to Jordy Nelson to get the ball to the Detroit 19. Three plays later, Rodgers zipped a hard pass over the middle where Andrew Quarless came up with the tough catch for a 10-yard score with 39 seconds left in the first quarter. Stafford was again picked off by Green Bay on Detroit's next possession as Davon House came down with a diving interception on a deep ball. He was initially ruled down in the end zone for a touchback, but replay showed he was down at the 1-yard line. On the next snap, Lacy took a handoff and didn't make it out of the end zone, as DeAndre Levy wrapped him up for a safety. "Against that group, what the defense did today was pretty awesome," said Stafford. The free kick saw the Lions start at their own 45 after a 34-yard return from Jeremy Ross. Over 13 plays, the team moved 43 yards and took a 12-7 lead on a 30-yard field goal from Nate Freese with just over six minutes to play in the half. After forcing a Green Bay punt, the Lions got into scoring position thanks to a 52-yard catch by Corey Fuller. Freese, though, missed the 41-yard attempt to the left as time expired in the half. Detroit's first touch of the second half saw the team drive all the way down to the Green Bay 7, but Stafford was sacked and had the ball knocked loose by Julius Peppers, and Green Bay recovered it. The Packers got a couple of first downs on the drive, but ultimately had to punt and Detroit got the ball back at its own 25. A pass interference call gave the team a first down, and Stafford hit Golden Tate on 3rd-and-1 for nine yards. Three plays later, Bush took a handoff 26 yards around the left end and into the end zone for a 19-7 lead with 10:40 to play. Rodgers quickly got his team down to the red zone, but on 4th-and-5, his pass to Jordy Nelson was just a bit behind and the Lions took over on downs. Tate caught an 8-yard pass on 3rd-and-7 to give the Lions a fresh set of downs, while Bush and Joique Bell converted third downs to help the Lions kill off the rest of the clock.
Game Notes: Stafford improved to 2-6 in his career against Green Bay, while Rodgers fell to 9-2 against Detroit...Detroit linebacker Stephen Tulloch left the game in the first half with an injured left knee...The Lions have won the past two games against the Packers...Detroit controlled the ball for over 38 minutes.
                         GREEN BAY     DETROIT
First downs                     14          21
Rushes-yards                 22-76      38-115
Passing yards                  162         246
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     27-16-0     34-22-2
Punts-Average               5-43.0      2-52.0
Fumbles-Lost                   1-1         1-1
Penalties-Yards               5-30        6-40
Time of Possession           21:47       38:13
GREEN BAY -   7   0   0   0  -  7
DETROIT   -   7   5   0   7  - 19
1st - DET - Don Carey, 40-yard fumble return (Nate Freese kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - GB - Andrew Quarless, 10-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - DET - Safety, Eddie Lacy tackled in end zone by DeAndre Levy DETROIT 9-7
2nd - DET - Freese, 30-yard field goal DETROIT 12-7
4th - DET - Reggie Bush, 26-yard run (Freese kick) DETROIT 19-7
GREEN BAY - James Starks 8-38, Eddie Lacy 11-36, Dujuan Harris 3-2
DETROIT - Reggie Bush 12-61 1 TD, Joique Bell 15-33, Theo Riddick 3-16, Matthew Stafford 6-8, Jed Collins 1-2, Jeremy Ross 1-(-5)
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 27-16-162 1 TD
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford 34-22-246 2 INT
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 5-59, Andrew Quarless 4-43 1 TD, Randall Cobb 3-29, Davante Adams 2-11, Jarrett Boykin 1-11, Eddie Lacy 1-9
DETROIT - Calvin Johnson 6-82, Reggie Bush 6-38, Golden Tate 5-51, Jeremy Ross 2-20, Corey Fuller 1-52, Joseph Fauria 1-3
Sunday September 21st
NEW ORLEANS 20, Minnesota 7 - Back in the comfort of their own dome, the New Orleans Saints shook off a pair of heartbreaking losses to start the season. Drew Brees completed 27-of-35 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns as the Saints defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 20-9, on Sunday afternoon. Rookie Brandin Cooks caught eight passes for 74 yards and Khiry Robinson carried the ball 18 times for 69 yards for New Orleans (1-2), which went 8-0 at the Superdome last year. The Saints lost their first two games by a combined five points. Teddy Bridgewater made his NFL debut after starting quarterback Matt Cassel broke his left foot on a scramble early in the second quarter. The first-rounder from Louisville completed 12-of-20 passes for 150 yards for the Vikings (1-2). Matt Asiata tallied 35 yards on 12 totes in place of Adrian Peterson, who missed his second straight game since allegations of child abuse surfaced against the star running back. Peterson has been accused of using a wooden tree branch to hit his 4-year-old son as a disciplinary measure. He was deactivated for last Sunday's loss against New England after being indicted the prior week in his native Texas, but he was reinstated by the team on Monday. However, after backlash from sponsors, fans and even the Minnesota governor, the team reversed course again and placed him on the exempt-commissioner's permission list until the legal process plays out.
Monday September 22nd
Chicago 27, NEW YORK JETS 19 - Jay Cutler completed two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett and the injury-riddled Chicago Bears held off the New York Jets, 27-19, on Monday night. Cutler completed 23-of-38 passes for 225 yards and the two scores for Chicago, which emptied its defensive backfield for the second straight week due to injuries. Alshon Jeffery, playing through a hamstring injury, made eight catches for 105 yards while Bennett became the third player in the NFL this season with at least one receiving touchdown in all three games. He trails just Denver tight end Julius Thomas for the league lead in receiving scores. Chicago (2-1) failed to establish a running game for the second straight week, but found a way to win yet again. Two-time Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte carried 13 times for 33 yards, and Chicago picked up just 60 yards on the ground as a unit one week after gaining only 46 in a win over San Francisco. Chicago's battered defense picked off Geno Smith twice, sacked him three times and allowed 
just one touchdown in six trips to the red zone. Smith had an opportunity to tie the game with a late scoring drive, but the Bears D held up one last time, forcing a turnover on downs from the 9-yard line with less than a minute left. Smith threw for 316 yards and a touchdown to Jeremy Kerley, who paced the receiving core with seven grabs for 81 yards. The Jets (1-2) have lost two straight games.
Detroit      2   1   0   .667    61   45
Chicago      2   1   0   .667    75   62
Minnesota    1   2   0   .333    48   56
GREEN BAY    1   2   0   .333    54   79