Green Bay, Wis. — The Lions jumped out to a quick lead and rarely looked back in Thursday night’s NFC North showdown between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Detroit took an 11-point lead into the first quarter, which it expanded to 24 points by halftime.
After the Packers scored the first two touchdowns of the second half to within 10 points, the Lions eventually pulled away for a 34-20 victory.
At 3-1, the Lions are atop the NFC North, ahead of the 2-2 Packers and 0-3 Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears.
There’s a new sheriff in town. After another big win over the Packers at Lambeau Field, the 3-1 Lions are positioning themselves to secure their first NFC North crown. The Lions extended their division winning streak to six — and four straight over Green Bay — after building a 24-point first-half lead. Detroit tied the franchise’s longest winning streak in the division in the Super Bowl era (1983, 1995) as coach Dan Campbell turned the tide.
Describe the game in two words: Gut check. A dominant first half saw both the offense and defense hold up their end of the bargain, but Detroit’s offense shut down in the third quarter, as the Packers got within 10 to start the fourth, a hostile setup before finally sealing the deal with a strong finish.
come back David Montgomery He 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 picked up where he left off with two of his three rushing touchdowns before halftime. He has seamlessly filled the former Lions running back role Jamal WilliamsNow in New Orleans, who in 2022 managed to break Hall of Famer Barry Sanders’ team mark for most rushing touchdowns in a single season with 17. Entering the game, Montgomery had two rushing TDs in seven career games against the Packers.
QB Breakdown: What started with an ugly drive — Goff was intercepted by a Packers safety Rudy Ford Turned around quickly — with a 24-yard touchdown pass — in the first two minutes Amon-Ra Saint is brown On the next drive. Goff picked on Green Bay at times, finishing 19 of 28 attempts with 210 passing yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Goff is now 5-1 against the Packers in his career.
Next game: vs. Carolina Panthers (1 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 8)
Green Bay Packers
Maybe the Packers really aren’t the kings of the NFC North anymore. Not if they keep losing to the Lions.
It’s not just that the Packers lost their fourth straight game in the series against the once-lowly Lions. They were laughed off Lambeau Field in the first half. And while they showed some fight after the break, it was a nasty loss.
Any stat can explain how bad it’s started for the Packers, but here’s one: Their 21 yards in the first half were the fewest of any NFL team in a first half this season, even worse than the Jets’ 39 yards in Week 1. And it was the Packers’ lowest yardage output in any half since December. 12, 1982, when they had 19 in the first half in a 30-10 loss to the Lions.
It’s a good thing the Packers pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback five days ago against the New Orleans Saints, otherwise they’d be in a 1-3 hole. As such, they are 2-2 and two games back of the Lions (3-1) in the division.
The biggest hole in the game plan: There were definitely more than one of these, but if we had to pick one: the Packers running back Aaron Jones, their most dynamic offensive player, for the first time since his 127-yard performance in the season opener, yet they didn’t get him the ball until about two minutes into the second quarter. At that point, the Packers had 1 total yard of offense on their first four possessions. They were already down 24-3 when Jones touched the ball for the first time. Meanwhile, jordan love The game started 1-for-7 with an interception.
QB breakdown: Love has done his best work the past two weeks when playing from behind. Five days after he led an 18-point fourth quarter comeback to beat the Saints, he showed similar fight against the Lions. He got wide receiver Christian Watson Involved on the first drive of the second half, the wide receiver hit Jaden Reed On a deep ball and ran for a touchdown. His numbers were half-decent (23-for-36, 246 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs plus a rushing TD), but it ended up being empty yardage.
Promising trends: Watson’s return bodes well for the offense. His first catch of the season went 24 yards on a deep crosser after missing the first three games with a hamstring injury. He finished the drive with a wide-open, 1-yard touchdown catch. Next game: at Las Vegas Raiders (8:15 p.m. ET, Monday, Oct. 9)