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Notes from the North: Week 3

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A look at how the rest of the NFC North fared in Week 3 action:

Green Bay Packers
Green Bay 38, Kansas City 28
Record: 3-0

Aaron Rodgers continues to put up ridiculous numbers for Green Bay. Against a strong Kansas City defense, Rodgers threw for 333 yards and had five touchdown passes, leading the Packers to their third straight win. He also didn't throw an interception yet again and still has zero turnovers on the season.

The Packers offense only converted 4-of-11 third downs, but that was enough given how well the team's defense played. The Chiefs were just 2-of-10 on third down and had possession for just 26:30. Much of that had to do with the pressure Green Bay's defense applied. Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith was sacked seven times and threw an interception.

Next up: Oct. 4 at San Francisco


Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota 31, San Diego 14
* Record: 2-1*

Finally, Vikings fans were able to see the Adrian Peterson they had been missing. After going more than a year without a touchdown, because of his lengthy suspension in 2014, the former league MVP returned to the end zone. The running back had 126 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, including a 43-yard score that was vintage Peterson, showcasing his strength and speed.

If not for Peterson, Minnesota's defense would have been the big story. The unit sacked San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers four times. Linebacker Chad Greenway also intercepted Rivers once, taking the pick back 91 yards for a touchdown.

Next up: Oct. 4 at Denver


Detroit Lions
Denver 24, Detroit 12
* Record: 0-3*

Peyton Manning and Matthew Stafford are both former No. 1 overall draft picks from SEC schools that play quarterback. The similarities end about there. Manning showed why he will be in Canton five years after he retires, putting on another vintage performance to out-duel Stafford as Detroit dropped its third straight game.

Manning completed more than 73 percent of his passes, gaining 324 yards and two touchdowns. The second of those scoring tosses was an 11-yard strike to Owen Daniels with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter, making it a two-score game. That touchdown was set up after Stafford threw a costly interception, his second turnover of the fourth quarter.

Stafford finished with 282 passing yards and a TD, but also had two interceptions and a fumble.

Next up: Oct. 5 at Seattle

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