The Detroit Lions were able to climb the standings in the NFC North by defeating the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, 30-17.
The Detroit Lions desperately needed a win in Week Nine, after losing three straight games coming into Monday night’s primetime contest with their divisional rivals, the Green Bay Packers.
On the other side of the field, the Packers were coming off a bye week where they were undoubted trying to discover new ways to win without their All-Pro quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, under center who is sidelined due to a collarbone injury.
So how did the Lions play on Monday Night Football? The fact Detroit didn’t record a single punt should tell you everything you need to know. Needless to say, the Motor City won the game easily, defeating the hapless Packers 30-17 in a blowout.
Prior to the game, the 3-4 Lions were third in their division, sitting right below the 4-3 Packers. After the contest, Detroit leapfrogged Green Bay in the standings, with both teams pulling even records at 4-4.
The Lions now sit at second place in the NFC North, only behind the 6-2 Minnesota Vikings, a team Detroit defeated earlier this season at home.
As for their Week Nine Packers matchup, it was another great night for the NFL’s priciest player, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Pro Bowl passer completed 26 of his 33 passes for 361 yards and two touchdowns.
Despite the team’s success, running back Ameer Abdullah still struggled to run the ball. Despite having a season-high 21 attempts, he was only able to rush for a total of 48 yards. Abdullah did score only his second rushing touchdown of the season in this matchup.
Once again leading the Lions with eight total tackles was rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis. And fellow linebacker Tahir Whitehead, defensive end Anthony Zettel and safety Tavon Wilson all recorded sacks.
Next up for the 4-4 Detroit Lions are the 0-8 Cleveland Browns. That game is scheduled for next Sunday, November 12th at Ford Field, with a kickoff time of 1:00 p.m. ET.