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Notes From The North: Week 1




A look at how the rest the other three teams in the NFC North fared this weekend.

Green Bay Packers
Seattle 36, Green Bay 16
* Record: 0-1*

In the NFL's season opener on Thursday night, the Packers found out just how tough Seattle's 12th Man can be. Despite taking a first quarter lead against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, Green Bay was unable to hold on, eventually losing to Seattle 36-16. Aaron Rodgers was sacked three times and threw an interception, as the Seahawks defense harassed the Packers offense all game long. On the other side of the ball, the Seattle offense dominated Green Bay's defense in the trenches, rushing for 207 yards in the victory.

Minnesota Vikings:
Minnesota 34, St. Louis 6
* Record: 1-0*

The debut of new coach Mike Zimmer was a successful one for the Vikings, as Minnesota topped St. Louis 34-6 in Week 1. Cordarrelle Patterson did everything for the Vikings, gaining 176 total yards as a runner, receiver and kickoff returner. He also scored a touchdown on a 67-yard touchdown. On defense, Minnesota recorded five sacks and had a pair of interceptions, including one returned 81 yards for a touchdown by safety Harrison Smith.

Detroit Lions:
Detroit 35, New York 14
* Record: 1-0*

Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson proved once again that they belong in the discussion of the NFL's top quarterback-receiver tandems. The two hooked up for a pair of long touchdowns in the first quarter, as the Lions rolled to a 35-14 home win in coach Jim Caldwell's debut. Stafford finished with 346 passing yards, 164 of which went to Johnson. Detroit's defense also played well, intercepting two Eli Manning passes and holding New York to 53 rushing yards for the game.

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