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Packers Come Off Bye and Pound Lions 26-0

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Coming off the bye week, the Packers looked like a focused team Sunday, putting a severe beatdown on the Detroit Lions, making them look like the 0-16 team that wrapped up their winless season in Green Bay a season ago with a 26-0 shutout win. The tough Packers defense dominated the game, never really allowing the Lions offense to get on track, and shutting starter Daunte Culpepper down to the point they turned to Drew Stanton.

Culpepper was just 6-for-14 for 48 yards with a pick and two sacks. Backup QB Drew Stanton wasn’t much better, going 5-for-11 for 57 yards with two picks and he was sacked three times. Overall the Lions offense didn’t even have the ball much, as they held the ball for just 19:12 to 40:48 for the Packers.

The offense was 0-for-10 on third downs, and had just 10 first downs on the day, this is gaining a total of 149 yards while the defense allowed 435 yards. Green Bay needed just 7 and a half minutes to put the game in the bag, as Aaron Rodgers fired two TD passes to quickly make it 14-0.

Rodgers was 29-for-37 for the now 3-2 Packers, throwing for 358 yards with two touchdowns and one pick and a QB rating of 113.7. He was sacked five times, but it didn’t make much of a difference, as the Packers were able to make the big plays when they needed them, and the defense never let it be a game.

All the Pack scoring after the first two TD’s were by the foot of kicker Mason Crosby, who booted four field goals starting in the second quarter on. The Packers D never gave up more than 45 yards in a drive to the Lions. The Lions 10 drives went like this – three picks, five punts, and two times drives ended in downs. It was that bad for the cats.

Green Bay also got a milestone from Donald Driver, as he became the franchise’s career receptions leader with a first-quarter catch. The Pack will look to move to 4-2 next week when they travel to Cleveland to play the Browns

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