The Green Bay Packers didn’t play perfectly against the Detroit Lions, but they won the game and Aaron Rodgers silenced his critics.
Rodgers threw four touchdown passes, all in the first half. He also completed 15-of-24 passes for 204 yards. His QB rating was 129, his yards per attempt, was more than eight.
For everything that Rodgers did wrong last week, he did right against the Lions.
Rodgers was accurate, decisive and he was aggressive. He threw the ball downfield and gave his receivers chances to make plays.
Jordy Nelson looked like his old self. Six receptions for 102 yards and two scores was vintage. It’s also a very good sign for the Packers going forward.
The defense struggled in the second half and gave up some points late, but they got key stops and got after the quarterback, even without Clay Matthews.
Eddie Lacy also had his best game of the year. In the second half, nursing a big lead, Green Bay fed Lacy the ball and he was productive.
Lacy’s running led to a key field goal in the third quarter and helped the Packers put the game away with a first down in the final minutes.
Yet the story of the day was still Rodgers.
With different personnel and a better rhythm, the Packers scored 34 points including scores on each of their first six drives.
This doesn’t mean all the Packers’ problems are fixed, but it was a good step in the right direction.
And at least for one week, we can take a deep breath about Rodgers.