Oakland and Green Bay may both have NFL franchises, but the Raiders are not in the Packers’ league.
Sunday’s game in Green Bay was so lopsided that the Packers had it wrapped up by the midway point of the second quarter, when they took a 31-0 lead. The entire second half felt like garbage time; the final score was 46-16 but the Packers easily could have made it 60-0 if they had wanted to.
For Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers actually had his worst statistical game of the season, completing 17 of 30 passes for 281 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception, for a passer rating of 96.7. Rodgers has reached the point where he has what qualifies as a bad game for him, and his passer rating is nearly 100 and his team wins by 30. Ryan Grant had a good game on the ground, with 85 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns.
For Oakland, Carson Palmer threw four interceptions in a generally dreadful game. The Raiders are now a game behind Tebowmania in the AFC West, and their playoff fortunes are falling fast.
Then again, the way the Packers played today, anybody would have lost to them. At 13-0, Green Bay is on another level from the rest of the league, and the biggest question facing the Packers right now is whether they can follow up three more wins in the regular season with three wins in the postseason. This team has a good shot at 19-0.