By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports activities Author
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Jones caught three of Aaron Rodgers’ 4 landing passes and rushed for a fourth rating, and the Inexperienced Bay Packers had a welcome return to regular after an embarrassing opening-week loss, beating the Detroit Lions 35-17 on Monday evening.
Inexperienced Bay (1-1) received its ninth straight dwelling opener. The Packers, who acquired thumped 38-3 by the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, seemed extra just like the staff that went 13-3 in every of coach Matt LaFleur’s first two seasons.
Rodgers went 22 of 27 for 255 yards and surpassed John Elway for tenth all-time in passing yards with 51,633. Rodgers has adopted up every of the Packers’ final 5 regular-season losses by throwing 4 landing passes and no interceptions in his subsequent recreation.
Jones grew to become the primary Packers operating again to catch three landing passes in a recreation since Andy Uram in opposition to the Chicago Cardinals in 1942. He had 17 carries for 67 yards and 6 catches for 48 yards.
Detroit’s Jared Goff accomplished 13 of his first 14 passes however struggled the remainder of the best way because the Lions (0-2) blew a 17-14 halftime lead. Goff completed 26 of 36 for 246 yards. He related on landing passes to Quintez Cephus and T.J. Hockenson but in addition threw an interception and misplaced a fumble.
Inexperienced Bay scored touchdowns on its first three second-half possessions to grab management.
The Packers confronted third-and-12 on their opening sequence of the second half when Rodgers threw a 50-yard completion to Davante Adams, who ended the evening with eight catches for 121 yards.
Lions rookie cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu injured his thigh on the play, additional weakening a secondary that already misplaced cornerback Jeff Okudah to a ruptured Achilles tendon in Detroit’s season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Inexperienced Bay dominated the remainder of the best way.
Rodgers capped that drive with a 22-yard landing cross to Robert Tonyan. Detroit’s subsequent sequence ended when Goff threw an incompletion on fourth-and-1 from the Inexperienced Bay 25.
Rodgers threw an 11-yard landing cross to Jones to increase the Packers’ result in 28-17.
Inexperienced Bay’s Krys Barnes recovered Goff’s fumble on the Detroit 23 on the Lions’ subsequent snap. Jones scored on a 1-yard run and that was that.
Lions: WR Tyrell Williams missed the sport with a concussion. … Melifonwu didn’t return after the thigh damage.
Packers: TE Josiah Deguara was out with a concussion.
The Packers activated broad receiver Equanimeous St. Brown from the observe squad, giving him the prospect to play in opposition to his youthful brother. The Lions chosen receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown out of Southern California within the fourth spherical of this yr’s draft. Amon-Ra had the higher stat line with three receptions for 18 yards, whereas Equanimeous had one catch for no achieve.
Inexperienced Bay’s Lucas Patrick, who began at left guard in opposition to New Orleans, was lively after getting out of concussion protocol. However he wasn’t on the sector for the opening sequence.
Jon Runyan Jr. was at left guard as an alternative within the 2020 sixth-round decide’s first profession begin. Runyan’s father was an All-Professional deal with who went on to characterize New Jersey in Congress from 2011-15.
The Packers wore a helmet decal to honor Ted Thompson, who labored because the staff’s basic supervisor from 2005-17 and died Jan. 20 on the age of 68. The Packers additionally honored Thompson throughout a halftime ceremony.
Lions: Host Baltimore (1-1) on Sunday. The Ravens are coming off a Sunday evening victory over the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Packers: At San Francisco (2-0) on Sunday evening. This would be the fourth time within the final three seasons the Packers have performed at San Francisco. They received 34-17 final season. Two years in the past, the Packers misplaced 37-8 to the 49ers within the common season and 37-20 within the NFC championship recreation.
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