The Lions made quick work of two ten-game winners from a year ago on their way to a 2-0 start to the 2011 season. Elsewhere in the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers also moved to 2-0 while Chicago and Minnesota fell to teams from the NFC South.
New Orleans Saints 30, Chicago Bears 13 (box score)
Drew Brees was efficient in the passing game while Jay Cutler was 19-of-45 and completed just nine passes to teammates other than running back Matt Forte. The Bears cut the Saints lead to 16-13 in the third quarter but Drew Brees tossed two more touchdown passes to put the game away.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24, Minnesota Vikings 20 (box score)
Adrian Peterson’s 120-yard, two-touchdown day on the ground had the Minnesota Vikings in position for their first win of the year but Josh Freeman found Arrelious Benn in the end zone and LeGarrette Blount ran for another score with 31 seconds remaining to give the Bucs a come from behind victory.
Green Bay Packers 30, Carolina Panthers 23 (box score)
Fans across the league were undoubtedly surprised to see the Panthers roar out to a 13-point lead. Undeterred, the Packers stormed back with 23 unanswered points to take control. Rookie Cam Newton threw for over 400 yards but was picked off three times.
NFC North Week 3 schedule:
Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears