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Lions, Packers set for division clash on Monday night

Sat Oct 12 5:34pm ET
By KEITH JENKINS
AP Sports Writer

Players: Aaron Rodgers, Danny Amendola, Matthew Stafford, Marvin Jones, Davante Adams, Aaron Jones

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford throws during pregame of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay rushes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)


Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers slides to the ground after running the ball during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)


Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones (33) runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)


Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson (88) pulls in a 5-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The stakes will be high on Monday night.

The Packers and Lions enter Week 6 as the only two teams in the NFC North with one loss. A win in the primetime showdown at Lambeau Field will no doubt send a message to the rest of the division and the conference on which team is a serious contender.

''We only got one Monday night game, so we got to take advantage of that and let everybody know the type of team we are and the type of players we are,'' Lions safety Quandre Diggs said. ''We just have to go out there and have some fun and enjoy the bright lights.''

Detroit (2-1-1) has won four in a row against Green Bay (4-1) for the first time since the 1982 and 1983 seasons. Will Detroit's success last season, including a 31-0 drubbing at Lambeau, help the team slow down Aaron Rodgers on Monday night?

''It probably makes me more nervous than anything to be honest with you, just knowing what a competitor he is,'' coach Matt Patricia said.

The Lions have won three of four at Green Bay after ending a 24-game road losing streak in the series in 2015.

''The toughest part of playing at Lambeau is the Packers,'' quarterback Matthew Stafford said. ''It's not the environment.''

AARON'S READY, BUT DAVANTE IS NOT

Rodgers has thrown for 300-plus yards and achieved a passer rating of at least 100 in four consecutive Monday night starts. That's the longest streak in the history of ''Monday Night Football.'' But the two-time MVP will have to take the field for the second straight week without his favorite target.

Receiver Davante Adams has been ruled out for Monday after suffering a turf toe injury during the Packers' Week 4 loss to the Eagles.

''It is a major injury so it's something that we gotta pay attention to and make sure we monitor in the correct way to make sure that it's not something that gets re-aggravated later on in the season or I come back a little too early and really mess the thing up,'' Adams said. ''So we are really just trying to pace it at this point. I can't really tell you when I'm going to play. I don't know. it doesn't feel how I want it to feel at the moment.''

Adams was having his best game of the season before going down in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia. The two-time Pro Bowler had 180 yards on 10 catches but was not on the field when Green Bay suffered its only loss of the season.

DIGGING IT

Diggs is not afraid to express his affection for Rodgers as a player and person.

''I've always been an A-Rod fan since I was in high school and college and he's a cool guy,'' said Diggs, who met Rodgers when he entered the draft four years ago because they're represented by the same agency.

AN ENCORE FOR JONES?

Running back Aaron Jones had four touchdowns in the Packers' win at Dallas last week. Jones, who played high school and college ball in El Paso, Texas, became the first player ever to run for four touchdowns against the Cowboys. Jones finished with 182 scrimmage yards (107 rushing and 75 receiving).

''He's a great kid and does it all the right way,'' Rodgers said of Jones. ''So you can't help but to be excited for a guy like that. It couldn't happen - a game like that - to a better guy, a better teammate.''

WELCOME BACK

Lions receiver Danny Amendola is expected to play after missing the team's previous game, a four-point loss to Kansas City in Week 4.

''He brings that fire, energy and juice,'' receiver Marvin Jones said. ''Happy to have him out there.''

NO RETURN OF THE MIKE

Lions defensive tackle Mike Daniels will not face his former team for the first time. Daniels was inactive in Detroit's last game against the Chiefs with a foot injury and will also be sidelined on Monday. The Packers released the former Pro Bowler in July, and Daniels signed a one-year deal with the Lions two days later. Daniels spent his first seven seasons in Green Bay.

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