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Aaron Rodgers sent a clear message during Green Bay's season opener: the Packers are going to be just fine, and there is no vacancy at quarterback.

His redemption mission resumes in the Packers' home opener Sunday against the Detroit Lions, who blew a 23-6 lead and lost at home to the Chicago Bears last week to open the season.

Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, passed for 364 yards and placed Green Bay atop the NFC North standings in Green Bay's dominant win at Minnesota in Week 1.

This week Rodgers gets a chance to carve up the Lions' banged up secondary at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

"There's a lot of things that I've tried to do in the offseason, just to have a little extra efficiency," he said. "When it comes down to quarterback play, it's all about the rhythm and the timing and the balance. I feel like those three were pretty solid on Sunday and the accuracy followed."

The Packers surprised plenty when they selected Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round draft pick in April.

Rodgers has traditionally picked on the Lions' defense. He's 15-5 in 20 career starts against them with 41 passing touchdowns, as well as three rushing touchdowns, compared to just eight interceptions.

Perhaps with a little more motivation following the draft, Rodgers was determined to come out strong this season.

Not surprisingly, Davante Adams was Rodgers' preferred target. The Packers' No. 1 receiver caught 14 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns.

Rodgers knew Adams would be a special player shortly after the Packers drafted him in the second round in 2014.

"He had confidence - real confidence," Rodgers said. "Some guys step on the field and believe they're the best player on the field. A lot of it is bravado and false confidence, kind of a rebuttal to the insecurity they feel about maybe their own abilities to perform at this level. There's been a few guys over the years who've had real confidence. Davante Adams has since he got here."

Swagger might not be as plentiful in the Lions' locker room. They squandered a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead to Chicago in their opener, a 27-23 defeat.

After giving up 21 unanswered points, the Lions could have saved face in their final drive but rookie D'Andre Swift dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass.

The secondary is already facing a challenge even before gameday. Multiple cornerbacks are down with hamstring injuries. Justin Coleman was placed on the injured list on Monday with a balky hamstring. Desmond Trufant (hamstring) and Darryl Roberts (calf) sat out Wednesday's practice.

If they can't go, rookie Jeff Okudah, Amani Oruwariye and Tony McRae would be the Lions' top three cornerbacks. Okudah sat out Week 1 with his own hamstring problem, but was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

"We try to cross-train a lot of guys on our team and certainly in the secondary," Lions coach Matt Patricia said. "Obviously, with corners and safeties, we know that there's going to be some cross-training packages that we can have with that and have those positions backed up. That's one way to (deal with injuries), and we obviously have other players on our team that if there's an emergency situation, we can move over to there."

One positive from Sunday's defeat was the Lions' debut of veteran running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 93 yards. He's in a three-man committee with Swift and Kerryon Johnson.

"We like all three of those guys, obviously," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "They all bring a little bit different pieces to the puzzle."

Top wide receiver Kenny Golladay missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and sat out Wednesday's practice. Green Bay's main injury concern is nose tackle Kenny Clark (groin). The Packers lost starting right guard Lane Taylor for the season in Week 1 to a season-ending knee injury.

--Field Level Media

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Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Player Position Lineup
Oday Aboushi primary: Left Guard Starter
Tyrell Crosby primary: Right Tackle Starter
Jarrad Davis primary: Linebacker Starter
Taylor Decker primary: Left Tackle Starter
Trey Flowers primary: Defensive End Starter
Marvin Hall primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Da'Shawn Hand primary: Defensive End Starter
Will Harris primary: Safety Starter
T.J. Hockenson primary: Tight End Starter
Jesse James primary: Tight End Starter
Kerryon Johnson primary: Runningback Starter
Marvin Jones Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Christian Jones primary: Linebacker Starter
Amani Oruwariye primary: Cornerback Starter
Frank Ragnow primary: Center Starter
Matthew Stafford primary: Quarterback Starter
Jahlani Tavai primary: Linebacker Starter
Duron Harmon primary: Safety Starter
Jamie Collins Sr. primary: Linebacker Starter
Danny Shelton primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jeff Okudah primary: Cornerback Starter
Jonah Jackson primary: Right Guard Starter
Jamal Agnew primary: Runningback Substitution
Danny Amendola primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jason Cabinda primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ty Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Miles Killebrew primary: Safety Substitution
C.J. Moore primary: Safety Substitution
Romeo Okwara primary: Defensive End Substitution
Matt Prater primary: Kicker Substitution
Jalen Reeves-Maybin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Kevin Strong primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Dee Virgin primary: Cornerback Substitution
Tracy Walker primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kenny Wiggins primary: Guard Substitution
Jack Fox primary: Punter Substitution
Matt Nelson primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Don Muhlbach primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Tony McRae primary: Cornerback Substitution
Elijah Lee primary: Linebacker Substitution
Reggie Ragland primary: Linebacker Substitution
Darryl Roberts primary: Cornerback Substitution
D'Andre Swift primary: Runningback Substitution
Quintez Cephus primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
John Penisini primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Adrian Peterson primary: Runningback Substitution
Kenny Golladay primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Chase Daniel primary: Quarterback Did not play
Nick Williams primary: Defensive End Not active
Halapoulivaati Vaitai primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Desmond Trufant primary: Cornerback Not active
Julian Okwara primary: Defensive End Not active
Logan Stenberg primary: Offensive Linesman Did not play
Hunter Bryant primary: Tight End Not active
Chris Jones primary: Cornerback Not active
Player Position Lineup
Davante Adams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jaire Alexander primary: Cornerback Starter
Adrian Amos primary: Safety Starter
David Bakhtiari primary: Left Tackle Starter
Elgton Jenkins primary: Left Guard Starter
Aaron Jones primary: Runningback Starter
Kingsley Keke primary: Defensive End Starter
Kevin King primary: Cornerback Starter
Tyler Lancaster primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Allen Lazard primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Corey Linsley primary: Center Starter
Dean Lowry primary: Defensive End Starter
Lucas Patrick primary: Right Guard Starter
Aaron Rodgers primary: Quarterback Starter
Darnell Savage primary: Safety Starter
Preston Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Za'Darius Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Chandon Sullivan primary: Cornerback Starter
Robert Tonyan primary: Tight End Starter
Christian Kirksey primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Rick Wagner primary: Right Tackle Starter
Marcedes Lewis primary: Tight End Starter
Montravius Adams primary: Defensive Linesman Substitution
Tim Boyle primary: Quarterback Substitution
Hunter Bradley primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Oren Burks primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mason Crosby primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashan Gary primary: Linebacker Substitution
Raven Greene primary: Safety Substitution
Ka'dar Hollman primary: Cornerback Substitution
Josh Jackson primary: Cornerback Substitution
Yosh Nijman primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
JK Scott primary: Punter Substitution
Jace Sternberger primary: Tight End Substitution
Ty Summers primary: Linebacker Substitution
Marquez Valdes-Scantling primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jamaal Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
Malik Taylor primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Will Redmond primary: Safety Substitution
Tyler Ervin primary: Runningback Substitution
AJ Dillon primary: Runningback Substitution
Jon Runyan primary: Guard Substitution
Vernon Scott primary: Safety Substitution
Jonathan Garvin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Krys Barnes primary: Linebacker Substitution
John Lovett primary: Tight End Substitution
Kenny Clark primary: Defensive Linesman Not active
Lane Taylor primary: Guard Not active
Billy Turner primary: Guard Did not play
Randy Ramsey primary: Linebacker Not active
Jordan Love primary: Quarterback Not active
Josiah Deguara primary: Tight End Not active
Willington Previlon primary: Defensive Tackle Did not play
Parry Nickerson primary: Cornerback Not active

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
    • Pass Receiver: Marvin Jones Jr.
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Kerryon Johnson
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 11 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Robert Tonyan
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 7 Yards
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
    • Pass Receiver: Aaron Jones
  • Period 3
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Interception Return
    • 7 Yards
    • Interception Returner: Chandon Sullivan
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 14
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 75 Yards
    • Rusher: Aaron Jones
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • Period 4
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 14 Yards
    • Rusher: Aaron Jones
    • Conv Rusher: Jamaal Williams
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 24 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Marvin Hall
    • Passer: Matthew Stafford
    • Conv Kicker: Matt Prater
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 40% L 60%
4 6
  • @Carolina L 0 - 20
  • Washington W 27 - 30
  • @Minnesota L 20 - 34
  • Indianapolis L 41 - 21
  • @Atlanta W 23 - 22
  • @Jacksonville W 34 - 16
  • New Orleans L 35 - 29
  • @Arizona W 26 - 23
  • @Green Bay L 21 - 42
  • Chicago L 27 - 23
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • @Indianapolis L 31 - 34
  • Jacksonville W 20 - 24
  • @San Francisco W 34 - 17
  • Minnesota L 28 - 22
  • @Houston W 35 - 20
  • @Tampa Bay L 10 - 38
  • Atlanta W 16 - 30
  • @New Orleans W 37 - 30
  • Detroit W 21 - 42
  • @Minnesota W 43 - 34

Next Games

  • Houston(11-22-12) L 34 - 31
  • @Chicago(11-10-19) L 13 - 20
  • Green Bay(12-29-19) L 23 - 20
  • @Tennessee(09-23-12) L 41 - 44
  • Tampa Bay(12-15-19) L 38 - 17
  • Chicago(12-15-19) W 13 - 21
  • Philadelphia(09-26-19) L 34 - 27
  • @Detroit(12-29-19) W 23 - 20
  • Carolina(11-10-19) W 16 - 24
  • Tennessee(08-09-18) W 17 - 31

Last Meetings

  • Lions @ Packers 21-42
  • Packers @ Lions 23-20
  • Lions @ Packers 22-23
  • Lions @ Packers 31-0
  • Packers @ Lions 23-31
  • Packers @ Lions 11-35
  • Lions @ Packers 30-17
  • Packers @ Lions 31-24
  • Lions @ Packers 27-34
  • Packers @ Lions 27-23

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Green Bay Packers

  • Robert Tonyan

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Tonyan is hindered by an ankle injury, and it remains to be seen if he will suit up Sunday versus the Bears.

  • Simon Stepaniak

    Knee
    Ques Sun | I-R

    Stepaniak has wound up on the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recuperating from surgery to repair a torn ACL, and he has two weeks in order to be activated.

  • Equanimeous St. Brown

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    St. Brown is idle with a knee injury, and it has yet to be announced if he will line up against the Bears on Sunday.

  • Chandon Sullivan

    Ribs
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Sullivan is hampered by a rib injury, and it is unknown if he will participate in Sunday's tilt against the Bears.

  • Lucas Patrick

    Toe
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Patrick is bothered by a toe injury, leaving his availability for Sunday's clash with the Bears unknown.

  • Will Redmond

    Elbow
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Redmond has injuries to his elbow and shoulder, and it has yet to be established if he will partake in Sunday's matchup with the Bears.

  • JK Scott

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Scott is dealing with injuries to his back and right quad. It is unclear if he will take the field against the Bears on Sunday.

  • Corey Linsley

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Linsley left the previous game due to a back injury, and his status for Sunday's tilt versus the Bears is in question.

Detroit Lions

  • Reggie Ragland

    Ankle
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Ragland is bothered by an ankle injury, leaving his status against the Texans on Thursday clouded.

  • Matthew Stafford

    Thumb
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Stafford is expected to line up against the Texans on Thursday despite a right thumb injury.

  • Halapoulivaati Vaitai

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Vaitai has hit the injured reserve list due to a foot injury, and a timetable for return has yet to be established.

  • Amani Oruwariye

    Back
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Oruwariye injured his back, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field against the Texans on Thursday.

  • Jeff Okudah

    Shoulder
    Out Thurs | out

    Okudah exited the previous game due to a shoulder injury, and he will not dress for Thursday's matchup versus the Texans.

  • T.J. Hockenson

    Shoulder
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Hockenson is expected to face the Texans on Thursday despite a shoulder injury.

  • Jonah Jackson

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Jackson is hindered by a knee injury, but it is anticipated that he will dress for Thursday's battle with the Texans.

  • Christian Jones

    Knee
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Jones injured his knee, and it unknown if he will be available against the Texans on Thursday.

Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Aaron Jones had scoring runs of 75 and 14 yards and caught a touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers, and the host Green Bay Packers cruised to a 42-21 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Jones rushed for 168 yards on 18 carries and caught four passes for 68 yards for the Packers (2-0). Rodgers passed for 240 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.

Detroit's Matthew Stafford threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns but also had an interception returned for a score. Kerryon Johnson added a rushing touchdown and Marvin Jones caught four passes, including a touchdown, for the Lions (0-2).

Aaron Jones burst up the middle on the first play from scrimmage in the second half and went the distance to give the Packers a 24-14 advantage.

Green Bay increased its lead later in the quarter when Stafford threw an errant pass intended for Danny Amendola near his goal line. Cornerback Chandon Sullivan snared it and rolled into the end zone on a 7-yard return.

Mason Crosby's 35-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining in the quarter increased the Packers' lead to 34-14.

Stafford's 24-yard pass to Marvin Hall with 13 minutes remaining cut the Packers' lead to 13. Jones' second scoring run with 7:59 remaining, followed by Jamaal Williams' two-point conversion run, made it 42-21.

Green Bay led 17-14 at halftime.

Johnson's 1-yard scoring run capped a 75-yard drive on the Lions' first possession. Stafford's 29-yard pass to T.J. Hockenson was the big play on the drive.

Crosby kicked a 43-yard field goal at the end of Green Bay's first possession.

Detroit's second drive was a repeat of the first one except for the scoring play. It drove 75 yards, this time finished off by Stafford's 4-yard pass to Jones.

Green Bay answered with a 75-yard drive of its own, capped by Rodgers' 7-yard pass to Jones.

Rodgers' second scoring pass, an 11-yard toss to tight end Robert Tonyan with 14 seconds left in the half, put the Packers on top.

--Field Level Media