Packers offense nearly perfect in first half

AP

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.