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.