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Packers dominate Detroit, win 22-9

The Green Bay Packers moved to within a half-game of first place in the NFC North Division, after beating Detroit 22-9 yesterday at Lambeau Field. Each team scored one touchdown, as the Lions lost for the 23rd straight time in Wisconsin. Mason Crosby had a career-high five field goals. He tied a Packers' single-game record with kicks from 55, 45, 42, 31, and 26 yards out. After struggling last season, Crosby is 9-for-9 in field goals this year. Packers' rookie running back Eddie Lacy fell a yard short of the 100-yard mark in his first game since getting a concussion on September 15th. Receiver Randall Cobb sparked the Packer offense with a 67-yard run in the second half. It was the longest rush by a Packer since Brandon Jackson had a 71-yard scamper in 2010. Green Bay racked up 449 total yards to just 286 for the Lions, whose star receiver Calvin Johnson sat out with a knee injury. Aaron Rodgers completed 20-of-30 passes for 274 yards. James Jones caught four catches for 127 yards and the Packers' only touchdown covering 83 yards. Matthew Stafford was 25-of-40 for 262 yards and a score for the Lions. Former Wisconsin Badger DeAndre Levy had a team-high 14 tackles for Detroit, which snapped a two-game winning streak.

Packers' linebacker Clay Matthews left in the second half, when he injured a thumb on a sack of Stafford -- one of five sacks by the Green Bay defense. Fox Sports-One later reported that Matthews broke the thumb -- and his playing status is uncertain. Rodgers was only sacked once. Neither team committed a turnover. The Packers also lost starting inside linebacker Brad Jones to a hamstring injury. His replacement, Robert Francois, tore his right Achilles tendon and is expected to be out for the season. Green Bay improved to 2-and-2, and will play at Baltimore next Sunday.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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