Aaron Jones caught three of Aaron Rodgers’ four touchdown passes and rushed to score a fourth. Green Bay Packers He defeated the Detroit Lions 35-17 on Monday night and returned to normal after an embarrassing opening week defeat.
Green Bay (1-1) has won nine consecutive home openers. The Packers, who crashed into New Orleans Saints 38-3 in the first week, looked like a team that advanced to 13-3 in each of Matt LaFleur’s first two seasons.
Rogers ran 255 yards at 22 yards out of 27 yards, beating John Elway in 10th place at 51,633 yards. Rogers followed up each of the Packers’ last five regular season defeats, throwing four touchdown passes in the next game and without interception.
Jones became the first Packers to catch three touchdown passes in the game since Andy Uram played against the Chicago Cardinals in 1942. He had 17 carries at 67 yards and 6 catches at 48 yards.
Detroit’s Jared Goff completed 13 of the first 14 passes, but struggled with the rest of the passes as Lions (0-2) took a half-time lead of 17-14. Goff finished 26 out of 36 at 246 yards. He connected to Quintess Cephas and TJ Hockenson with a touchdown pass, but threw a passcut and lost the fumble.
Green Bay recorded touchdowns on the first three late possessions to take control.
The Packers faced the third and twelve in the second half of the opening series when Rogers threw a 50-yard complete to Davante Adams. Davante Adams finished the night with eight catches at 121 yards.
Lions rookie cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwoo injured his thigh during play, further weakening the secondary lost in the Achilles tendon that ruptured cornerback Jeff Okda in the opening round of the Detroit season.
Green Bay dominated the rest of the road.
Rogers capped the drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Robert Tonyan. Detroit’s next series ended when Goff threw an unfinished shot from 25th to 4th and 1st in Green Bay.
Rogers threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jones, extending Packers’ lead to 28-17.
Chris Burns of Green Bay regained Goff’s fumble in Detroit 23 with the Lions’ next snap. Jones scored on a one-yard run, and that was it.
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