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Packers offense nearly perfect in first half


The defending champion Packers got the ball five times in the first half Thursday night, not including one kneel down snap.  They scored four touchdowns.

If only the Packers didn’t have those player-only workouts.

In a dominant display that included seven third down conversions in eight tries, the Packers rolled to a 28-17 halftime lead over New Orleans. Aaron Rodgers completed 18-of-24 passes for 227 yards and three scores.  Five Packers players have at least three catches, including Randall Cobb who scored an explosive 32-yard touchdown.

The offensive line has done a terrific job protecting, and James Starks looks one year better running the ball.

It’s not that Drew Brees is struggling.  He’s been on target, but a Marques Colston fumble and shakier pass protection slowed the Saints offense down enough.

Darren Sproles made “Reggie Who” trend worldwide with a punt return score and five catches for 56 yards.

This feels like a Madden game where just one defensive stop by the Saints could turn the game around.

(Damn it’s good to have football back.)

UPDATE: To watch the second half online and chat with Florio, bang it right here.

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28 Responses to “Packers offense nearly perfect in first half”
  1. jmat40 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:27 PM

    Michelle Beadle is in Green Bay waiting for the game to end so she can have a threesome with Aaron Rodgers and Clay Mathews.

  2. blackgold4life says: Sep 8, 2011 10:29 PM

    Packers??? It’s all about them Seahawks!!! Super bowl!!!

  3. 6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:29 PM

    Losers LOL

  4. johnsim says: Sep 8, 2011 10:30 PM

    Aints are continuing to move the ball well. Like Mr. Rosenthal said – one big stop and NO could take control of this game.

  5. raiderapologist says: Sep 8, 2011 10:36 PM

    (Damn it’s good to have football back.)

    Indeed. It’s a nice break from the Manning Neck posts.

  6. teal379 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:36 PM

    COBB – dude’s a beast already. 2 TD’s including a 108 yard return. 2nd round pick.

    It’s almost not fair. Almost.

  7. jetsarestacked says: Sep 8, 2011 10:36 PM

    wow, what a sick kick return for a td. too bad in a few years we will no longer get to see exciting, big plays like that anymore.

  8. dolphins4 says: Sep 8, 2011 10:39 PM

    This is the best team in the NFL and the true dream team.They are the team to beat if you can.

  9. thephantomstranger says: Sep 8, 2011 10:39 PM

    This is the best team I’ve ever seen. Their only problem is they may be peaking too early.

  10. thehatefulnerd says: Sep 8, 2011 10:40 PM

    Please please please fire Shawn Slocum. How many years must our special teams surrender big plays?
    This game should be over.

  11. ratsofftoya says: Sep 8, 2011 10:46 PM

    Hate to admit it but your right

  12. txxxchief says: Sep 8, 2011 10:55 PM

    It’s nice to see that everyone has already broken out the annointing oil, and the first game of the season isn’t even over! Sheesh!

  13. myspaceyourface says: Sep 8, 2011 10:57 PM

    And they’ve disappeared in the 3 qtr.

  14. textexington says: Sep 8, 2011 10:58 PM

    Packers > Steelers

  15. clayjayhawk says: Sep 8, 2011 11:04 PM

    Good thing the Saints had all of those practices during the lockout.

  16. orthodoxdj says: Sep 8, 2011 11:06 PM

    Why wasn’t Woodson ejected?

  17. houndog50 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:14 PM

    Cobb is fantastic, Kuhn is Kuhn, Jenning is Jennings, and Woodson is about $25K poorer!

  18. dkeyser says: Sep 8, 2011 11:19 PM

    What was the point of drafting Ingram if Payton is gonna try and do some play action play, not once, but twice?? I dont get it…at all…

  19. sikoix says: Sep 8, 2011 11:32 PM

    I hate to admit, as a Viking fan, that the Packers look better offensively than I expected. But I think I’m more shocked at how bad the Saints defense has looked.

  20. jakek2 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:58 PM

    Boring snoozefest. Thanks Rodge for turning the NFL into arena football. No hitting. 1,000 yards passing. At least the fantasy geeks are happy.

    Congrats Rodge! You’re about 3 games away from losing a fan that spends more yearly NFL $$$ than 100 fantasy geeks combined.

  21. Deb says: Sep 9, 2011 12:10 AM

    Payton made two unfortunate decisions: not running Ingram the first time, and not passing the second time.

    And who are these dingalings in the league who keep saying we should get rid of kick and punt returns? Hard as they try to kill it, still the most exciting play in the game.

  22. sterlingrodgers says: Sep 9, 2011 12:28 AM

    I realize that most Steelers fans are classy and that a few obnoxious fools that make asinine posts here do not represent the Pittsburgh fanbase as a whole, but I sense both denial and delusion from this idiot:

    “6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says:
    Sep 8, 2011 10:29 PM
    Losers LOL”

  23. scudbot says: Sep 9, 2011 12:34 AM

    A. Rodgers 27/35 312 8.9 3 0 132.1 : let him play in the second half, MM.

  24. vincentbojackson says: Sep 9, 2011 12:36 AM

    “Packers offense nearly perfect in first half”


    Defense, just watching.

  25. lnfinite says: Sep 9, 2011 12:41 AM

    it is nice when the refs are in your back pocket. Lambeau is the worst case of home cooking calls I have ever seen over the last few years.

    The olive and mustard get way too many calls on their home field, go figure………

  26. vincentbojackson says: Sep 9, 2011 12:46 AM

    clayjayhawk says:

    Good thing the Saints had all of those practices during the lockout.


    Not a Saints fan, but they did rack up 500 yards of offense against what is supposed to be a good defense. Might tend to suggest those practices didn’t hurt.

  27. axespray says: Sep 9, 2011 1:04 AM

    Awesome Game….
    Saints and Packers idk what, but man are these teams magnets for “NFL REPLAY” episodes.


    if we rank those games on excitement, then a 5 out of 5 star for awesome.

  28. tatum064 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:34 AM

    After this game…was their any doubt S.F. was out of their mind to pass this guy up for Alex Smith?

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