GREEN BAY, Wis. — Effectively, no less than the Inexperienced Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers began quick this time.
Now they need to work on their end.
And by the seems of issues in Sunday’s 21-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers and first-year coach Matt LaFleur have some lengthy days and nights forward of them.
Clad with a playcalling cheat sheet on his left wrist to assist LaFleur get the calls in additional shortly, Rodgers carved up the Vikings on the best way to 3 consecutive touchdowns to start out the sport. Per week after the Packers managed simply minus-12 yards of offense within the first quarter and totaled simply 213 yards for the sport, they jumped out to a 21-Zero lead — and within the course of bought Professional Bowl receiver Davante Adams (seven catches for 106 yards) going. Though they sputtered within the second quarter, they eclipsed final week’s yardage complete within the first half with 230 by halftime.
But it surely wasn’t fairly after their 167-yard first quarter. They completed with 335 yards, however they could not even run out the clock. They nonetheless needed to punt it away another time with 6 seconds left.
No less than they prevented their fourth loss in franchise historical past after main by no less than 21 factors. It has occurred 3 times, however none for the reason that 1983 season, once they misplaced to the Falcons, based on ESPN Stats & Info.
If ever a 2-Zero begin to the season might be thought of ugly, then that is it.
Describe the sport in two phrases: Division win. It wasn’t fairly the previous black-and-blue division win that was the 10-Three recreation in Chicago final week, however these are the sorts of wins that may pay dividends on the finish of the season relating to tiebreakers. The Packers have already got performed one-third of their division video games and have a good likelihood to win their first three NFC North video games given the following division opponent is the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Discipline on Oct. 14.
Troubling development: Should you had “underneath six quarters into the season” when Rodgers would come off the sphere yelling within the route of LaFleur, you then’re a winner. On the ultimate possession of the primary half, a three-and-out that ended with a Rodgers throwaway on a third-and-16 from his personal 19, he gave the impression to be upset and expressed his displeasure as he approached LaFleur. It was not instantly clear what Rodgers was upset with. Within the third quarter, LaFleur made the weird transfer to sit down on the bench subsequent to Rodgers whereas the protection was on the sphere. The 2 gave the impression to be reviewing one thing on LaFleur’s name sheet. Rodgers completed with simply 209 yards, though he had two touchdowns on 22-of-34 passing.
Promising development: Look, Mother, a 100-yard rusher. Aaron Jones rushed 23 occasions for 116 yards and a landing per week after the Packers averaged simply 2.1 yards per run towards the Bears. It was the Packers’ first 100-yard dashing recreation since Jones did so final yr on Nov. 11 towards the Dolphins (15 carries, 145 yards).
Pivotal play: Final week it was Adrian Amos’ fourth-quarter interception ultimately zone. This week, it was Kevin King. What number of occasions can the protection maintain bailing out the Packers? King did it with an acrobatic interception ultimately zone to protect the lead with 5:10 left within the recreation. The offense promptly went three-and-out, and the protection got here up with one other cease.