Stafford dissects reeling Green Bay

Posted: November 7, 2017 at 2:42 a.m.

Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford drops back with Green Bay Packers' Mike Daniels rushing during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Matthew Stafford put on a quarterback clinic for the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.

Aaron Rodgers only could watch from the sideline.

Stafford passed for 361 yards and two touchdowns to Marvin Jones, and the Lions snapped a three-game losing streak with a 30-17 victory Monday night over the offensively challenged Green Bay Packers.

"Matt [made] some great throws ... I just did what I love to do -- go out there and get them," Jones said.

Stafford was 26 of 33, including 12 of 14 in the first half with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jones. Ameer Abdullah added a 4-yard touchdown run for Detroit (4-4).

Green Bay (4-4) finally got in the end zone on Brett Hundley's 1-yard quarterback sneak with 9:52 left.

The Lions answered with Stafford's 11-yard touchdown pass to Jones with 8:06 remaining, putting the game out of reach with a 17-point lead. Jones had seven catches for 107 yards.

The Packers have lost three consecutive games. Their once-potent offense has struggled since Rodgers broke his right collarbone Oct. 15 at Minnesota.

Hundley finished 26 of 38 for 245 yards. Cornerback Darius Slay blanketed Jordy Nelson when the Packers did try to throw long while the game was still competitive.

"With this one, obviously it doesn't get a whole lot better than this. We played well," Lions Coach Jim Caldwell said.

Abdullah fumbled the ball away in the third quarter, but the Packers went three-and-out on the ensuing drive. Familiar problems in the red zone popped up for the Lions when they were stopped on three plays at the Packers 1, forced to settle for a field goal for a 17-point lead with 12:25 left.

But without Rodgers, the Packers couldn't keep up with Stafford.

"I believe in Brett, that's not just a press conference statement," Coach Mike McCarthy said about Hundley.

The Lions were 8 of 13 on third-down conversions, with Stafford burning the Packers with clutch throws. The Packers were just 2 of 9 on third downs and failed to convert both of their fourth-down chances.

"They controlled the third-down battle tonight," McCarthy said. "We have work to do. That's the fact of the matter and we have to do it fast."

The first scoring strike to Jones was the 200th touchdown pass in 117 career games for Stafford, the sixth quickest in NFL history to reach the milestone.

Sports on 11/07/2017