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Jones' big day helps Packers beat Lions 42-21 in home opener

Sun Sep 20 4:24pm ET
By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

Green Bay Packers' Chandon Sullivan celebrates his interception and touchdown return during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)


Green Bay Packers' Chandon Sullivan celebrates his interception and touchdown return during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford throws an interception to Green Bay Packers' Chandon Sullivan (39) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)


Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown run with Aaron Rodgers (12) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)


Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)


Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)


Green Bay Packers' Aaron Jones celebrates his touchdown catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Jones rushed for a career-high 168 yards and scored three touchdowns, including a 75-yard breakaway, as the Green Bay Packers rallied from an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Lions 42-21 on Sunday.

Jones also had a team-high 68 yards receiving on four catches as the Packers won their home opener for an eighth consecutive year. Jones had a 14-yard touchdown run and a 7-yard touchdown catch to go along with his 75-yarder.

Aaron Rodgers was 18 of 30 for 240 yards with touchdown passes to Jones and Robert Tonyan.

One week after blowing a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead in a 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears, the Lions allowed an 11-point advantage to vanish by halftime as they fell for the 11th consecutive time.

Green Bay took the lead for good 17-14 on Rodgers' 11-yard pass to Tonyan with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. Jones then raced through a hole on the right side and scored on the Packers' first play from scrimmage in the second half.

Jones' 75-yard burst was the longest touchdown run by a Packer since Ahman Green had a 90-yarder against Dallas in 2004.

The Packers extended the lead to 31-14 later in the third quarter when Rashan Gary pressured Matthew Stafford into throwing an interception that Chandon Sullivan returned for a 7-yard touchdown. Sullivan fell to the ground before crossing the goal line but got back up and reached the end zone.

Detroit was playing without several key players due to injury but took an early 14-3 lead by scoring touchdowns on its first two possessions. Kerryon Johnson capped the first series with a 1-yard run. Detroit's second drive ended with Matthew Stafford's 4-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Jones.

That gave Stafford 35 career touchdown passes against the Packers, the most by any Green Bay opponent. He would increase that total to 36 by throwing a 24-yarder to Marvin Hall in the fourth quarter.

Stafford went 20 of 33 for 244 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Stafford has thrown for 5,430 career yards against the Packers to lead all Green Bay foes.

At that point, Green Bay had given up touchdown drives on five straight series - the last three possessions of a victory at Minnesota last week and the first two drives of this game. But after giving up 150 yards on Detroit's first two series, Green Bay's defense stiffened the rest of the way.

INJURY REPORT

Injuries left the Lions without their top returning receiver from last year (Kenny Golladay), two starting offensive linemen (guard Joe Dahl and right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai), two of their top cornerbacks (Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman) and one starting defensive tackle (Nick Williams). Golladay, who led the NFL with 11 touchdown catches last season, still hasn't played this year.

The Packers played without defensive tackle Kenny Clark, who injured his groin in a 43-34 victory at Minnesota last week. Packers receiver Davante Adams (hamstring), center Corey Linsley (hand) and running back/receiver Tyler Ervin (concussion) left in the second half.

LEAPING WITHOUT FANS

Jones did the Packers' first Lambeau leap of the season, even though he didn't get to share the experience with any fans.

With no fans at Lambeau Field due to the pandemic, green tarps were placed over the first several rows in the stands. Some of the tarps featured Packers logos or slogans, while others had advertising.

After scoring on a 7-yard reception early in the second quarter, Jones leaped onto one of the curtains to celebrate.

Earlier in the game, Johnson had done his own version of a Lambeau leap as he leaned into a tarp and gave out high-fives to the air after scoring on a 1-yard run for Detroit.

UP NEXT

Lions: visit the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.

Packers: travel to New Orleans for a Sunday night game.

Player Notes
Aaron Jones Oct 24 7:20pm ET

After coming down with a calf strain at practice on Friday, Aaron Jones is now expected to miss the Week 7 game against the Texans. This is a tough one for fantasy football managers, as Jones has been a reliable RB1 all season long and may be difficult to replace in fantasy lineups on short notice. Fourth-year running back Jamaal Williams is now expected to act as the lead RB, but rookie AJ Dillon will be in the mix as well and should see more touches than usual. Dexter Williams was added to the Packers active roster on Saturday as well for additional running back depth. Consider Williams a plug-and-play RB2/FLEX option, while Dillon looks more like an RB3/RB4 flier for deeper leagues. Both are also intriguing lower-cost options for DFS lineups, depending on the contest format.

From RotoBaller

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Fantasy Spin: It's a big blow for fantasy managers. Packers RBs Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon and Dexter Williams should all play roles with Dillon being the most appealing for fantasy purposes.

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Fantasy Spin: Coleman should be stashed now wherever available with RB Raheem Mostert going on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday.

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Fantasy Spin: Higbee had a season-high 56 yards with three catches on four targets in Week 6. He's a low-tier TE1 when on the field.

From TheHuddle

Robert Woods Oct 24 5:13pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Woods will be a somewhat risky WR3 play in what's projected as a low-scoring game against the Bears.

From TheHuddle

Alex Okafor Oct 24 5:03pm ET

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Daren Bates Oct 24 4:43pm ET

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David Irving Oct 24 4:33pm ET

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Jayrone Elliott Oct 24 4:23pm ET

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