The Green Bay Packers posted a big win on Monday Night Football against the division rivals, Detroit Lions. They would beat the rivals 35-17, with running back Aaron Jones in the middle of attention.
Jones had four TDs tonight, becoming the first player to do so on MNF since Marshall Faulk, who had the same productivity 21 years ago. Yet Jones’ three scores came from the air, and only one on the ground. He would end up running 67 yards in 17 snaps, and catching six passes for 48 yards.
“I think we came out and did a great job of responding. We played well. We played at a high level,” he said following the game.
Jones became the highest-paid running back in Packers’ history and was under a lot of pressure because of that. After the poor start, many started to question the management’s decision for handing him such a high contract.
Aaron Rodgers was also under pressure because of a nightmare game against the Saints. He, too, was happy for this victory and the fact that the critics were shut down.
“It’s nice to come out and have a good performance and get the trolls off our back for at least a week,” the league’s MVP stated.
AR completed 22 of his 27 passing attempts, having 255 yards and four TDs, though suffering three sacks for 28 yards. It was his fifth straight game with four TDs and no interceptions following a defeat. Also, he became No.10 on the all-time passing list jumping over John Elway.
Davante Adams had 8 receptions for 121 yards, Robert Tonyan 52, and one TD, while Randal Cobb caught two passes for 26 yards.
On the other side, the Lions started the game pretty well, especially Jared Goff, who completed 13 of his 14 passes and had 137 yards and two TDs in the first half. But as time went by, Detroit couldn’t follow Green Bay’s pace and Goff slowed down, eventually finishing the game with 246 yards, two TD passes, one pick, and one fumble.
The guests’ defense was massacred with injuries, and that was something they simply couldn’t cover up, particularly once having Rodgers on the opposite side.
“We just kind of kept shooting ourselves in the foot there,” Goff said about the second half of tonight’s game, where Detroit allowed three TDs.
Lions’ QB also ran for 46 yards, while the former Pack, Jamaal Wiliams, added 25 on seven runs against the former teammates. TJ Hockenson had 66 receiving yards, Quintez Cephus 63, both of them adding a TD, while Deandre Swift caught four passes for 41 yards.
This is the second loss of the year for the Lions, who are in a rebuild and aren’t hoping to reach a positive result this year. Furthermore, one of their best prospects, last year’s No.3 pick, Jeffrey Okudah, tore his Achilles tendon in the season opener against the 49ers, which is a massive blow for the franchise from Michigan. Okudah is the most talented CB of his generation.
Up next, they have a big challenge against the Baltimore Ravens who are visiting Detroit on Sunday.
On the other side, the Packers are traveling to San Francisco to meet the 49ers in a 2019 NFC Championship game replay. These two sides met after that last year, and Green Bay trashed the rivals at Levi’s Stadium, 34-17.
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