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Notes From The North: Week 2

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

Detroit Lions:
Carolina 24, Detroit 7
* Record: 1-1*

The Lions offense was unstoppable inside of Ford Field in the team's Week 1 win, but the scheme didn'; translate well to the outdoors. Detroit was held scoreless in the first half and turned the ball over three times in the game, as the Carolina defensive line dominated up front. The Panthers sacked Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford four times and limited Detroit to only 70 rushing yards.

Special teams was a major issue for the Lions as well. Kicker Nate Freese missed a pair of field goals and is now 2-of-5 on the season. The return unit wasn't much better for Detroit, as Jeremy Ross fumbled a kickoff in the fourth quarter.

Green Bay Packers
Green Bay 31, New York Jets 24
* Record: 1-1
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Aaron Rodgers fumbled the game's opening snap and the Packers defense allowed touchdowns on New York's first three drives. Still, Green Bay rallied and eventually pulled out the win, thanks to some big plays by the Packers receivers and a late-game gaff by the Jets coaches.

Rodgers finished with 346 passing yard and three touchdown passes – 200 of the yards went to receiver Jordy Nelson, while two of the touchdowns went to Randall Cobb – helping Green Bay rally from their early 21-3 deficit. The Jets appeared to have a 37-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game with an extra point, but New York called a timeout right before the snap, negating the play. Green Bay's defense ended up making a stand and preserving the victory.

Minnesota Vikings:
New England 30, Minnesota 7
* Record: 1-1*

Turnovers and poor blocking hurt the Vikings all afternoon long in their loss. Quarterback Matt Cassel threw four interceptions and was sacked six times; the Patriots also blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown.

Playing without Adrian Peterson, the Vikings run game also struggled. Minnesota gained just 54 yards on the ground on 19 carries. The Patriots had no such problems, as New England ran the ball 37 times for 150 yards.

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