It’s been said many, many times about the NFL. It’s a long season, but you do not want to start 0-2. That’s the prospect that faced the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions heading into Monday Night Football this week. This time around, it was the Packers resigning the Lions to that unenviable position following a fairly routine 35-17 win. The first half was closer than the final scoreline implies, but the second went all the way for the host Packers as they scored all 21 second-half points to pull away and cruise toward a much-needed win.
Aaron Jones was the star of the game, scoring four total touchdowns (three through the air and one on the ground) while racking up 67 yards rushing and 48 receiving. Aaron Rodgers had a nearly flawless evening, completing 22 of 27 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns. The Packers’ defense forced two turnovers, one of which was an interception of Jared Goff, as well in the outing. Goff almost had 300 total yards in the loss, but his performance, as well as his team’s, tapered off in the second half as they had led 17-14 at the half.