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Lions beat Packers on TNF, take early control of NFC North

GREEN BAY, Wis. — In Thursday night’s NFC North showdown between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, the Lions jumped out to a quick lead and rarely looked back. Detroit led 14-3 in the first quarter and extended the lead to 27-3 at halftime.

The Packers scored two touchdowns in the second half to narrow the deficit to 10 points, and the Lions finally won 34-20.

The Lions lead the NFC North at 3-1, ahead of the Packers at 2-2 and the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears at 0-3.

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There’s a new Sheriff in town. The Lions clinched their first NFC North title with a 3-1 victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field. A 24-point first-half lead helped the Lions extend their conference winning streak to six straight and win four straight games against Green Bay. Detroit has now tied the franchise’s longest division winning streak in the Super Bowl era (1983, 1995), and head coach Dan Campbell is trying to turn things around.

Describe this game in two words: Bowel examination. Both the offense and defense dominated the first half, but Detroit’s offense was held to 0 points in the third quarter, and the Packers closed the deficit to 10 points at the start of the fourth quarter and ended the game on a strong note. Hostile environment.

Promising trends: Running back David Montgomery now has at least one rushing touchdown in his first three games as a Lion. Despite missing Week 3 with a thigh injury, the former Bears running back continued his mission by scoring two of his three rushing touchdowns before halftime. He perfectly fills the role of former Lions running back Jamaal Williams (now with New Orleans), who broke Hall of Famer Barry Sanders with 17 rushing touchdowns in 2022 The record for most rushing touchdowns in a single season. Montgomery has just two rushing touchdowns in seven career games against the Packers.

QB breakdown: Goff got off to a rough start when he was intercepted by Packers safety Rudy Ford in the opening two minutes, but the veteran quarterback threw a pass to Amon-Ra St. Brown on the next drive. 24 yard touchdown pass, quickly turning the situation around. He outplayed Green Bay at times, completing 19 of 28 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Goff currently has a 5-1 record against the Packers in his career.

Next game: vs. Carolina Panthers (Sunday, Oct. 8, 1 p.m. ET)

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Maybe the Packers really aren’t the king of the NFC North anymore. Not if they keep losing to the Lions like this.

This wasn’t just the Packers’ fourth straight series loss to the once-slumping Lions. Instead they were mocked by Lambeau Field in the first half. Although they showed some fight after the break, it was still an ugly defeat.

Any number can explain how bad the Packers’ start was, but here’s one: Their 21 yards in the first half were the fewest by any NFL team in the first half this season, even worse than the Jets’ 39 yards. Yardage in Week 1. It was the Packers’ lowest yardage output in any half since Dec. 12, 1982, when the Packers gained 19 yards in the first half of a 30-10 loss to the Lions.

It’s a good thing the Packers came back in the fourth quarter five days ago against the New Orleans Saints, otherwise they would be stuck at 1-3. In fact, they’re 2-2 and already two games behind the Lions (3-1) in the conference.

The biggest hole in the game plan: There’s certainly more than one, but if we had to pick one… The Packers have their most dynamic offensive player in running back Aaron Jones for the first time since his 127-yard performance in the season opener, but it won’t be until the They didn’t pass to him until nearly two minutes into the second quarter. To that point, the Packers’ offense had totaled one yard on their first four possessions. When Jones first touched the ball, they were already trailing 24-3. Meanwhile, Jordan Love was 1-for-7 passing and intercepted early in the game.

QB breakdown: Love has been at his best the past two weeks playing behind the ball. Five days later, he scored 18 points in the fourth quarter of a comeback victory over the Saints, and he showed a similar fight against the Lions. On the first drive of the second half, he got wide receiver Christian Watson involved, hitting wide receiver Jaden Reed on a deep ball and running for a touchdown. His numbers ended up being good (23-of-36, 246 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 INTs), but ended up with empty yards.

The trend can be expected: Watson’s return bodes well for the offense. After missing the first three games with a hamstring injury, he made his first catch of the season on a deep pass for 24 yards. He completed the drive with a wide-open, 1-yard touchdown catch.

Next game: Las Vegas Raiders (Monday, Oct. 9, 8:15 p.m. ET)

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