Green Bay Packers (3-1) 23, New York Giants (2-3) 16
Sunday October 9th 2016 (at Green Bay)
AROUND THE NFC NORTH - WEEK 4
Sunday October 2nd
CHICAGO 17, Detroit 14 - Brian Hoyer threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns, and the Chicago Bears earned their first win of the season with a 17-14 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Bears (1-3) got a win after starting 0-3 for the second time in as many seasons under coach John Fox. They also stopped a six-game home losing streak as well as a six-game slide against Detroit (1-3), though things got tight near the end. Chicago was leading 17-6 when Andre Roberts returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown. Golden Tate then caught a 2-point conversion pass from Matthew Stafford to cut it to 17-14 with 1:52 left, but the Bears recovered the onside kick. Hoyer was on target in his second straight start with Jay Cutler nursing a sprained right thumb. He was 28 of 36 passes against a defense missing the injured Ezekiel Ansah and DeAndre Levy. Eddie Royal caught seven passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Rookie Jordan Howard ran for a career-high 111 yards for Chicago. Zach Miller caught a touchdown, and the Bears gained 408 yards in just their second home win in 10 games under Fox. The Lions dropped their third straight, with Stafford struggling to find open receivers and a short-handed run game once again unable to get going. Stafford was 23 of 36 for 213 yards and was intercepted twice deep in Bears territory. He got picked off by Jacoby Glenn on a miscommunication with Tate near the end of the first half. And the Lions had the ball on the Chicago 23 when Deiondre Hall picked off a pass intended for Anquan Boldin with about four minutes remaining in the game. Marvin Jones Jr. had 74 yards receiving after setting a career-high with 205 yards against Green Bay the previous week. The Lions settled for a 21-yard field goal by Matt Prater on the opening drive of the second half after two runs at the Chicago 1 got stopped. Hoyer hit Royal deep down the middle for a 64-yard gain on the next drive, setting up a 6-yard touchdown catch by Miller that increased Chicago's lead to 14-6 with 3:34 left in the third quarter. But Chicago's Kevin White was slow to get off the ground after being tackled by Glover Quin following a short catch and eventually walked to the locker room with an ankle injury.
Monday October 3rd
MINNESOTA 24, NY Giants 10 - Minnesota's defense denied Odell Beckham Jr. all night and forced two turnovers that led to 10 points, and the Vikings mystified Eli Manning yet again during a 24-10 victory Monday over the New York Giants. Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph for the third straight game and kept his turnover-free streak intact, helping the Vikings (4-0) lead from start to finish after falling behind in each of their first three wins. Beckham, who has yet to score this season, was smothered by cornerback Xavier Rhodes and had 23 yards on three catches. Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard were quiet, too, and Manning was erratic as ever while finishing 25 for 45 for just 261 yards. Rhodes picked him off in the third quarter , the 15th interception for Manning in eight career starts against the Vikings. He's 2-6 with only five touchdown passes. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon each ran for a touchdown as the Vikings rushed for a season-high 104 yards. Bradford went 26 for 36 for 262 yards. The
NFC NORTH DIVISION STANDINGS
Minnesota    5   0   0  1.000   119   63
GREEN BAY    3   1   0   .667    75   67
Detroit      2   3   0   .400   119  125
Chicago      1   4   0   .200    85  126
GAME RECAP (PACKERS.COM)
(GREEN BAY) - The Green Bay Packers appear to have the makings of a defense that could power a deep run into the playoffs. It's the offense, for once, that is looking to maintain consistency. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes, and the offensive line pushed around the New York Giants' front and powered the ground game in a 23-16 win on Sunday night over the New York Giants. Rodgers was 23 of 45 for 259 yards and also threw two interceptions. Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams each had highlight-reel touchdown catches to help the Packers (3-1) build an 11-point halftime lead. But the offense was mired by uncharacteristic drops, and couple of big plays were called back by penalties. Mason Crosby kicked three field goals, including two in the fourth quarter. "It is all about winning," Rodgers said before adding, "We had a lot of opportunities tonight. ... We have to execute in the passing game as well as we're doing up front in the run game." The Packers' defense, though, kept limiting the Giants. New York's Eli Manning was 18 of 35 for 199 yards and was sacked three times. "Defense, particularly our young guys in the secondary, did a heck of a job," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "Run defense was there, pass rush was there. We were able to play good red zone defense." The Giants (2-3) looked out of sorts until a hurry-up drive that ended with Beckham's 8-yard touchdown catch with 2:54 left. "We didn't make enough throws or contested catches. We need to play and execute better," coach Ben McAdoo said.
EYES ON ODELL: Beckahm's first touchdown catch of the season stood on replay review after the receiver jumped high in the air for Manning's pass and was ruled inbounds after straddling the back line of the end zone. Beckham raised his both arms in the air in celebration after watching the replay on the Lambeau Field video board. He finished with five catches for 56 yards. Perhaps more importantly for the Giants, Beckham didn't throw an attention-grabbing tantrum like the meltdowns he had the previous two weeks against Minnesota and Washington.
STAT LINE: Randall Cobb was the Packers' most consistent receiver with nine catches for 108 yards. With the Giants missing starting safety Nat Berhe because of an injury, Cobb excelled in his specialty of working the middle of the field and turning short passes into long gains. Cobb appeared to be OK on the sideline after taking a hit to the back of his head or neck on a 13-yard catch on third-and-10 with about 2 minutes left.
SHAKING IT UP: The Packers' 16-play, 75-yard drive to open the game took up the first 8:42 of the game, the team's longest scoring drive by time on the season that ended with a touchdown . Coach Mike McCarthy threw different wrinkles at the Giants by using different personnel combinations on the opening drive, instead of sticking with the usual three-wide receiver combination of Nelson, Randall Cobb and Adams, with Eddie Lacy in the backfield.
HEY ROOKIES: Two rookies teamed up for a turnover late in the first half for the Packers that set up a field goal. Linebacker Kyler Fackrell, a third-round draft pick, forced a fumble after sacking Eli Manning on second-and-10 from the Giants 39. Defensive tackle Kenny Clark, the Packers' first-round pick this year recovered the fumble at the 31 with 1:15 left. Crosby kicked a 44-yard field goal with 3 seconds left to give Green Bay a 17-6 lead.
ON THE CORNER: Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins had two interceptions in the first half, one coming on third-and-6 at the Giants 21 after a pass deflected off Nelson's hands . It was Jenkins' first two-interception game since his rookie season with St. Louis, when he had two against Arizona on Nov. 25, 2012.
INJURY REPORT: Giants: The battered secondary lost CB Eli Apple to a groin injury in the second quarter. The rookie missed New York's 24-10 loss last week at Minnesota because of a hamstring injury, and had been listed as questionable for the Packers game. ... Dwayne Harris was taken to the locker room two separate times in the second half, for X-rays on his jaw and toe. ... DT Damon Harrison was in the locker room for an unknown injury for much of the Packers' game-opening touchdown drive. He returned for the Giants' second defensive series. Packers: Backup S Chris Banjo (hamstring) limped off after the opening kickoff of the second half. ... Lacy left late in the third quarter with a left ankle injury. He had 81 yards on 11 carries, including 77 yards on nine carriers in the first half.
                          NEW YORK     GREEN BAY
First downs                     14            23
Rushes-yards                 15-43        32-147
Net Passing yards              176           259
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     35-18-0       45-23-2
Sacked-Yards Lost             4-23           0-0
Punts-Average               6-39.2        4-36.5
Fumbles                        1-1           1-0
Penalties-Yards               6-51          6-57
Time of Possession           23:22         36:38
NEW YORK  -  0   6   3   7 - 16
GREEN BAY -  7  10   0   6 - 23
1st - GB - Jordy Nelson, 2-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - NYG - Josh Brown, 47-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
2nd - GB - Davante Adams, 29-yard pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
2nd - NYG - Brown, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-6
2nd - GB - Crosby, 44-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-6
3rd - NYG - Brown, 30-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-9
4th - GB - Crosby, 33-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-9
4th - GB - Crosby, 25-yard field goal GREEN BAY 23-9
4th - NYG - Odell Beckham, 8-yard pass from Eli Manning (Brown kick) GREEN BAY 23-16
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Eddie Lacy 11-81, James Starks 12-33, Aaron Ripowski 2-17, Aaron Rodgers 5-15, Ty Montgomery 1-1, Randall Cobb 1-0
NY GIANTS - Bobby Rainey 5-22, Orleans Darkwa 7-11, Paul Perkins 2-9, Eli Manning 1-1
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 45-23-259 2 TD 2 INT
NY GIANTS - Eli Manning 35-18-199 1 TD
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - Randall Cobb 9-108, Davante Adams 5-85 1 TD, Jordy Nelson 4-38 1 TD, James Starks 3-19, Richard Rodgers 1-6, Eddie Lacy 1-3
NY GIANTS - Odell Beckham 5-56 1 TD, Bobby Rainer 6-52, Will Tye 2-37, Jerrell Adams 2-27, Sterling Shepard 2-14, Paul Perkins 1-13
Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams catches a touchdown pass in front of New York Giants' Michael Hunter during the first half (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)
Jordy Nelson catches a 2-yard TD pass from Aaron Rodgers on the opening drive to put the Packers up 7-0.
Eli Manning fumbles when hit by Kyler Fackrell. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel-USA TODAY Sports
Vikings, who have allowed only 50 points in four games, have an NFL-best turnover margin of plus-10. The Giants (2-2) dropped to minus-8 for the season.

AROUND THE NFC NORTH - WEEK 5
Sunday October 9th
DETROIT 24, Philadelphia 23 - Matt Prater kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:28 left and Darius Slay made an over-the-shoulder interception on the next snap, helping the Detroit Lions hand Carson Wentz his first loss with a 24-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Lions (2-3) had lost three straight. The Eagles (3-1) turned the ball over for the first time this season with 2:34 remaining when Ryan Matthews fumbled on a hit by Slay. The loose football was recovered by Tyrunn Walker at the Philadelphia 45. Matthew Stafford set up the game-winning kick by converting a third-and-4 from the Eagles 39 with a perfectly placed pass on a crossing route to Golden Tate, who drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on Malcom Jenkins. Philadelphia had the ball at its 25 with 1:28 remaining and no timeouts left. Wentz, who did not turn the ball over in his first three games, heaved a pass to Nelson Agholor on first down and Slay made the game-sealing interception at the Detroit 23. The Lions scored on all three of their drives in the first half, building a 21-7 lead late in the second quarter. Stafford threw two TD passes to Theo Riddick in the first quarter and another to Marvin Jones in the second. The Eagles hadn't given up a passing touchdown, a point in the first quarter or allowed offenses to combine to score three TDs through three games. Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who led the Lions from 2009 to 2013, seemed to make some adjustments. The Lions gained just 19 yards on the first four possessions, fumbling once and punting three times. Philadelphia, meanwhile, opened the second half with Wentz capping a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a 1-yard TD pass to Josh Huff. Stafford's unforced fumble on the ensuing drive was recovered by Nigel Bradham, who was arrested last Sunday on a misdemeanor concealed weapons charge, at the Lions 16. The Lions held Philadelphia to a field goal, allowing them to cling to a 21-20 lead. Caleb Sturgis' 49-yard field goal, his third, put the Eagles ahead for the first time with 6:45 left, but they couldn't hold on.
MINNESOTA 31, Houston 13 - Adam Thielen caught a touchdown pass to cap Minnesota's opening drive and finished with a career-high 127 yards, and the Vikings defense flustered Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans on their way to a 31-13 victory on Sunday. Marcus Sherels returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown and Cordarelle Patterson scored on another sharp throw by Sam Bradford, who produced another turnover-free game and deftly guided the Vikings (5-0) into their bye week. Brock Osweiler was overmatched by Minnesota's relentless rush and coverage, finishing 19 for 42 for 184 yards, one interception and a late touchdown pass while taking four sacks. The Texans (3-2) were denied on 12 of 13 third downs, unable or unwilling to do much other than dump off short passes. Lamar Miller only had eight carries for 20 yards during a dud of a performance by the Texans that felt a lot like the 27-0 loss at New England two weeks ago. With leading receiver Stefon Diggs out for the game with a groin injury, Thielen and Patterson capably stepped up for the Vikings. Whitney Mercilus had 1½ sacks as Houston took advantage of a banged-up offensive line to plenty of pressure on Bradford, but with touchdowns on their first two drives the Vikings were in cruise control as they eagerly unleashed their defense again on another out-of-sync quarterback. Will Fuller wasn't targeted until the first play of the second half and had only one catch, a head-scratching fourth-and-16 call in the third quarter at the Vikings 39 that netted 4 yards on a screen play.
INDIANAPOLIS 29, Chicago 23 - Andrew Luck threw a 35-yard TD pass to T.Y. Hilton with 3:43 left Sunday to lead the Indianapolis Colts past the Chicago Bears 29-23. It's the first time the Colts (2-3) defeated the Bears in Indianapolis. After hearing a clamoring for changes all week, Indy went to the hurry-up offense and Luck made the alterations look good early and late. When the Colts opened up the passing game and took shots down the field, they were efficient. When they didn't, they bogged down. The result: Indy had its first halftime lead of the season, 16-13, and when they fell behind midway through the third quarter, the Colts turned up the pace again. This time, Luck needed six plays to move 82 yards - the last 35 coming on the TD pass to Hilton that gave Indy a 26-23 lead. Luck finished 28 of 39 with 322 yards and two touchdowns. Hilton had 10 catches for 171 yards. Brian Hoyer was solid in his third straight start and gave Chicago (1-4) a 23-19 lead by capping a 94-yard drive with a 24-yard TD pass to Jordan Howard to make it 23-19 with 7:04 to go. It was the Bears' longest drive in more than seven years. Hoyer was 33 of 43 for 397 yards with two touchdowns. But after a late Bears fumble led to Adam Vinatieri's fifth field goal, Hoyer couldn't convert on fourth-and-8 from Indy's 28-yard line.