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The matchup between the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football marked a showdown between the top two teams in the NFC North.

And after the Lions advanced to 3-1 with a convincing 34-20 victory over the now 2-2 Packers, Green Bay quarterback Jordan Love had nothing but praise for Detroit.

“Yeah, for sure,” Love answered when asked by reporters if the Lions were now the team to beat in the NFC North. “Credit to them, they played really good tonight. I think it was us and them going into this game. Obviously we haven’t played the Vikings yet, but every time we play a North opponent it’s a huge game, going forward to the end of the year. It’s a game that we’ll be looking forward to next time we play them. We’ve got to go just be better and go win.”

The Lions jumped out to a commanding 27-3 lead by halftime before being outscored by the Packers 17-7 in the second half. It was an especially disappointing performance for Love, who completed 23 of his 36 pass attempts for 246 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, in addition to taking five sacks.

Having entered the season as the favorites to win its first division title since 1993, Detroit has thus far lived up to the hype heading into a Week 5 matchup against the Carolina Panthers. Green Bay, meanwhile, will look to get back on track when it faces the Las Vegas Raiders in another primetime matchup on Monday Night Football on Oct. 9.

[Pro Football Talk]

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