They should be wary of any lead after last week’s epic collapse against Chicago, but the Detroit Lions are having an awfully nice day so far in Green Bay, leading, 14-3, at the end of the first quarter.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford has completed 7 of 10 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown — a 4-yarder to Marvin Jones — and Adrian Peterson is continuing to turn back the clock, with 31 yards on four carries, a week after he had 93 yards against the Bears.
The Packers, who romped to a win over Minnesota last week, had promised to do Lambeau Leaps despite the lack of fans at the game, but thus far the only leap came from Detroit’s Kerryon Johnson, who scored on a 1-yard run early in the quarter before mimicking the Green Bay tradition.
A double dose of awful injury news for the San Francisco 49ers, who are already missing tight end George Kittle, cornerback Richard Sherman and defensive end Dee Ford. Within a span of three plays in the first quarter, two of their defensive linemen — Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas — were carted off the field with knee injuries.
Bosa, last season’s top defensive rookie, appeared to injure his left knee while engaged with Jets tight end Trevon Wesco, who pushed him backward while finishing a block. Bosa’s leg bent at a weird angle, and after trying to get up, he went back down and waited for medical attention.
The 49ers announced that both Bosa and Thomas will not return Sunday. Without Bosa, Ford and Thomas, the 49ers’ best remaining pass-rushers are Kerry Hyder Jr. and Arik Armstead. Any extended absence for Bosa, who totaled 80 sacks, hurries and pressures for San Francisco last season, will seriously damage the 49ers’ chances of contending, let alone repeating as N.F.C. champions.