Green Bay Packers (2-1) 34, Detroit Lions (1-2) 27
Sunday September 25th 2016 (at Green Bay)
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
Sunday September 25th
Minnesota 22, CAROLINA 10 - Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score and the Minnesota Vikings snapped the Carolina Panthers' 14-game home winning streak 22-10 on Sunday. The Vikings (3-0) put the clamps on Cam Newton, intercepting the league's reigning MVP three times and sacking him eight times, one of those resulting in a safety by Danielle Hunter. The eight sacks were the second-most ever against Newton. The Panthers had come in averaging 42 points per game in their last three home games, but could do little after bolting to a 10-0 lead. The Vikings held Carolina receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess without a catch. Bradford improved to 2-0 as the Vikings starter, completing 18 of 28 passes for 171 yards. With Adrian Peterson injured, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon combined for 70 yards rushing on 22 carries. Rudolph had seven catches for 70 yards, including a 15-yard TD catch to put the Vikings ahead for good in the early in the third quarter. Outside the stadium about 100 people gathered before the game to stage a peaceful protest over the police shooting of a 43-year-old black man last week. It was Carolina's first home loss since Nov. 16, 2014. Carolina only led 10-8 at halftime despite outgaining the Vikings 205-34 in the first half and limiting Minnesota to two first downs.
DALLAS 31, Chicago 17 - Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak. With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without injured quarterback Tony Romo over three seasons before the rookie fourth-round pick showed up. Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia rookie Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals in NFL history. Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Minnesota    3   0   0  1.000    64   40
GREEN BAY    2   1   0   .667    75   67
Detroit      1   2   0   .333    81   85
Chicago      0   3   0   .000    45   83
GAME RECAP (PACKERS.COM)
(GREEN BAY) - Aaron Rodgers threw for 205 yards and four touchdowns, including two in the first half to Jordy Nelson, and the Green Bay Packers snapped out of their offensive funk before holding off the Detroit Lions for a 34-27 win Sunday. Rodgers was 15 of 24, leading the Packers to touchdowns on their first three series. Nelson had 101 yards on six catches, returning to the form that made him one of the NFL's best receivers before missing the 2015 season with a knee injury. The Packers (2-1) led 31-10 at the half before the Lions slowly chipped away. Marvin Jones' 35-yard touchdown catch with 3:34 left got Detroit (1-2) within seven. Jones had a career-high 205 yards on six receptions. Matthew Stafford passed for 385 yards and three scores for the Lions, who held advantages in total yardage (418-324) and time of possession, holding the ball for 35 minutes. But the Packers burned the secondary with big plays, and Eddie Lacy ran for 103 yards on 17 carries. So much for the fuss over the Packers' struggling offense. Coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers heard questions about the out-of-sync passing game following the 17-14 loss last week to Minnesota. Now the Packers head into an early bye week with renewed confidence after a successful opener at Lambeau Field.
SECOND-HALF SPURT: The Lions gained chunks of yardage in the second half after being forced to play catch-up following Green Bay's big early lead. The Packers' defense was also missing four starters, including linebacker Clay Matthews. Stafford found holes over the middle of the field. He connected with Jones for a 23-yard completion on the first play from scrimmage in the second half to the Detroit 46.
JUST JONES: Jones gave the Lions a boost going into halftime with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Stafford to get Detroit within 31-10. Jones stiff-armed cornerback Josh Hawkins before sprinting untouched 45 yards into the end zone.
WORKING THE MIDDLE: The Packers' offense accomplished two of McCarthy's bigger goals for this week: Receivers worked the middle of the field, and Lacy got more carries in the running game. Nelson was lined up in the slot on his 8-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, when Rodgers pump-faked, then stepped up in the pocket to find Nelson. Lacy looked rejuvenated as he bounced off defenders for a 23-yard run in the second quarter.
INJURY REPORT: Lions: S Tavon Wilson left in the first quarter with a neck injury. It was another blow for a defense already without lineman Ezekiel Ansah and linebacker DeAndre Levy. Packers: TE Jared Cook went to the locker room with a right ankle injury after getting tangled up with a defender at 11:35 of the second quarter. ... FB Aaron Ripkowski did not return after going to the locker room near the end of the second quarter with a back injury.
                           DETROIT     GREEN BAY
First downs                     22            17
Rushes-yards                 23-50        24-123
Net Passing yards              368           201
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     41-28-1       24-15-0
Sacked-Yards Lost             3-17           2-4
Punts-Average               2-47.5        2-41.5
Fumbles                        0-0           0-0
Penalties-Yards               4-86          4-45
Time of Possession           35:07         24:53
DETROIT   -  3   7   7  10 - 27
GREEN BAY - 14  17   3   0 - 34
1st - GB - Davante Adams, 14-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - DET - Matt Prater, 42-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
1st - GB - Jordy Nelson, 8-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
​2nd - GB - Richard Rodgers, 2-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 21-3
2nd - GB - Crosby, 36-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-3
2nd - GB - Nelson, 17-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 31-3
​2nd - DET - Marvin Jones Jr., 73-yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Prater kick) GREEN BAY 31-10
​3rd - DET - Anquan Boldin, 2-yard pass from Stafford (Prater kick) GREEN BAY 31-17
3rd - GB - Crosby, 46-yard field goal GREEN BAY 34-17
4th - DET - Prater, 50-yard field goal GREEN BAY 34-20
4th - DET - Jones Jr., 35-yard pass from Stafford (Prater kick) GREEN BAY 34-27
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 17-103, Aaron Rodgers 5-22, James Starks 1-(-1), Ty Montgomery 1-(-1)
DETROIT - Dwayne Washington 10-38, Matthew Stafford 2-11, Theo Riddick 10-9, Golden Tate 1-(-8)
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 24-15-205 4 TD
DETROIT - Matthew Stafford 41-28-385 3 TD 1 INT
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Jordy Nelson 6-101 2 TD, Davante Adams 2-23 1 TD, Richard Rodgers 2-9 1 TD, Randall Cobb 1-33, Jared Cook 1-15, Justin Perillo 1-13, James Starks 1-9, Eddie Lacy 1-2
DETROIT - Theo Riddick 7-39, Marvin Jones, Jr. 6-205 2 TD, Eric Ebron 5-69, Golden Tate 4-40, Anquan Boldin 4-22 1 TD, Cole Wick 1-13, Dwayne Washington 1-(-3)
Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) breaks a tackle by Lions safety Glover Quin (27) after catching a pass to score a touchdown in the first quarter Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. Benny Sieu USA TODAY Sports
Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones (11) gets past Green Bay Packers' Josh Hawkins (28) for a touchdown catch during the first half Sunday in Green Bay, Wis. Mike Roemer, AP
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson (87) makes a move to get away from the defensive back. Jim Matthews/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
two seasons under coach John Fox. Making his 27th career start for his fourth different team, Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards - a good portion of that with the game out of each late in the fourth quarter - and threw for two scores to Zach Miller. Rookie fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott had his first 100-yard game for Dallas, finishing with 140 yards on 30 carries and a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski. It didn't even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week. Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas' first home win since last year's opener, which was a week before the first of two broken left collarbones that kept Romo out of 12 games last season. Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason. Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of last year, when they finished 4-12. Because the Bears fell behind again, they couldn't do much with the running game. They had just 15 carries for 73 yards and lost leading rusher Jeremy Langford to an ankle injury in the second half.