Matthew Stafford threw for two touchdowns as the Detroit Lions sent the Green Bay Packers sliding to a third straight defeat with a 30-17 win in their NFC North divisional match-up on Monday.
Stafford connected with wide receiver Marvin Jones in the first and fourth quarters as Detroit improved to 4-4, pulling level with Green Bay (4-4).
The Packers have been winless ever since quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a season-ending broken collarbone against Minnesota last month.
Rodgers’ understudy Brett Hundley threw for 245 yards and ran for one touchdown but the Packers’ offense was never able to get on top of the Detroit defense. Stafford, who made 26 of 33 attempts for 361 yards, hit Jones with a 25-yard pass to put Detroit ahead in the first quarter before running back Ameer Abdullah went over from four yards out to give the Lions a 14-0 lead.
Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby reduced the arrears with a 35-yard field goal to make it 14-3 at half-time. But two Matt Prater field goals put Detroit 20-3 ahead early in the fourth quarter to subdue the home fans at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field.
Hundley briefly raised hopes of a recovery when he crossed with a one-yard touchdown run to cut Detroit’s lead to 20-10.
Stafford, however, had other ideas, picking out Jones for his second touchdown of the night, to make it 27-10 and put Detroit out of sight with just over eight minutes remaining. A further Prater field goal improved Detroit’s cushion to 20 points at 30-10 before Green Bay grabbed a consolation score through a Jamaal Williams touchdown.
Kerley gets 4-game ban for failing drug test
New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley was handed a four-game ban on Monday after failing a drug test for a banned steroid, the National Football League confirmed in a statement.
Kerley, 28, said in a statement he was “shocked” at how the substance, Turinabol, had entered his system.
“I am 5’9” (1.75m) tall and 180 pounds (81.6 kilos), and I have never used steroids in my life,” Kerley said.
“I’m a good athlete but anyone can look at my body composition and tell that I’m not a steroid user.
“While I did not have enough time prior to the deadline to resolve this case, I fully intend to investigate this matter until I am able to figure out what caused the positive test, because I know that I have done nothing wrong.
“When I find out what substance was tainted, I will pursue all remedies at that time because this is not right. I have and will always be a clean player, and I look forward to returning to the Jets to play against the Saints next month.”
Kerley will be eligible to return to the Jets roster on December 11.
The Texan has bagged 22 receptions for 217 yards and a touchdown this season.
Meanwhile Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was hit with a one-game ban on Monday following an off-the-ball hit in his team’s defeat to the New Orleans Saints at the weekend.
Evans landed in hot water after an incident involving Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore during Sunday’s 30-10 loss.
Evans saw red after Lattimore shoved Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston when the signal-caller appeared to tap him on the helmet.
Evans responded by flying into the Saints player with his back turned, flattening Lattimore.
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