Packers fall out of first as Eagles win in Lambeau
The Green Bay Packers have lost back-to-back home games for the first time since 2008, after losing to Philadelphia 27-13 yesterday. It was Green Bay's most lopsided home loss since December of 2006, when they fell by 28 to the New York Jets. Coach Mike McCarthy said he's had a recurring issue he'll deal with today, but he wouldn't say what it is. Media reports said McCarthy was especially upset about a soft defense giving up long drives in the fourth quarter for two straight weeks. The Eagles took over the edge in total yards in the closing minutes, as they outgained Green Bay 415-to-396. For the second game in a row, the Packers lost a starting quarterback to injury during their first series. Seneca Wallace threw for 25 yards before he exited with a groin injury. Scott Tolzien -- signed last week from the Green Bay practice squad -- completed 24-of-39 passes for 280 yards, two interceptions, and the Packers' only touchdown. It was a 22-yarder to Brandon Bostick late in the third quarter, which cut the Eagles' lead to 20-10. McCarthy said Tolzien played well, and he declared the former Wisconsin Badger product his starter for next Sunday's game against the Giants at New York.
Mason Crosby booted a pair of field goals, but he missed two in a game for the first time this season. Besides Wallace, five other Packers went out with injuries -- center Evan Dietrich-Smith, offensive lineman Don Barclay, corner Casey Hayward, defensive end Johnny Jolly, and linebacker Nick Perry. Jarrett Boykin caught eight of Tolzien's passes for 112 yards. Eddie Lacy was the Pack's leading rusher with 73 yards. Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles, starting again in place of the injured Michael Vick, threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Riley Cooper was wide open for two of those scores from 45 and 32 yards out. LeSean McCoy rushed for 155 yards on 25 carries. It was the second straight game the Packer defense gave up 100 yards to an opposing rusher. The Eagles are now 5-and-5 overall, with all their wins coming on the road along with one loss. The Packers dropped to 5-and-4.
The Detroit Lions took sole possession of first place in the N-F-C North Division yesterday, with a 21-to-19 victory at Chicago. The Lions are 6-and-3, with a one-game lead over both the Bears and Packers who are at 5-and-4. Calvin Johnson caught two second-half touchdown passes for the Lions, who've won two straight coming out of their bye week. Matthew Stafford threw for 219 yards with three scores and an interception, as the Lions swept both their regular season contests from the Bears. Jay Cutler threw for 250 yards with a pick and a touchdown, but was hit hard all day after returning from a groin injury he suffered October 20th against Washington. Cutler sat out the final series with an ankle injury. Brandon Marshall scored a pair of touchdowns for Chicago -- one each from Cutler and Josh McCown.