Packers offense in sync right out of the gate
By Brian E Murphy, Packers Insider Senior Editor
~Jermichael Finley was back. Electric rookie Randall Cobb was making his debut. Jennings, Driver, Jordy, and Jones were all back. So was Ryan Grant.
And in charge of them all was Aaron Rodgers.
The results? Fireworks on the scoreboard, and a thrilling 42-34 kickoff opening win. Will Rodgers still have to answer questions about why he didn’t organize off-season workouts like Drew Brees and Tony Romo did?
Rodgers on that: “It was a good start for us. I’ve just got to ask myself, ‘What would have happened if we had off-season workouts? Could we have started any faster and scored more points tonight?'”
Finley made some plays early. Jennings and Nelson made plays all night long. Driver made a few, including recovering the onside kick. Driver also absorbed a vicious blow on a pass over the middle. But the veteran bounced back up, fortunately.
Jordy Nelson continued his hot play from the Super Bowl with another big game, including a touchdown in the opening quarter. He wasn’t worried about the lack of unorganized workouts in the off-season. “A lot of people were worried about those off-season workouts we didn’t do but apparently we were alright. We put our time in and worked hard this training camp. A lot of core coming back from the Super Bowl helps. We came in, grinded and got ready to play this opening week.”
As if the return of Grant and Finley weren’t enough, the Packers received a huge spark from the little rookie, second round pick Randall “Tex” Cobb. He took a short pass and made people miss, heading into the end zone for his first Lambeau Leap. It was Rodgers’ third touchdown pass of the opening quarter.
Later, Cobb took a kickoff eight yards deep into the end zone, and took it 108 yards for a spectacular touchdown return. The pundits and experts apparently were right about that pick being a great one for the Packers. As long as Cobb stays healthy, he’s going to give the Packers an added dimension that they really didn’t even need. But they’ll take it.
Left guard T.J. Lang committed a pair of early penalties, but his blocking appeared to be an improvement over Daryn Colledge. The Packers had success on short yardage situations, both with John Kuhn and James Starks.
The only mystery is what has happened to James Jones. He didn’t have any action at all except a very late screen pass, in which he was able to get about a yard and a half on.
All in all, opposing defenses have to be worried because the Saints, with Gregg Williams, are not a bad defense.
And the world saw them carved up like a turkey on Thanksgiving. Can the Packers sustain that type of play, and put up similar yards and points as the 1998 Vikings, 1999 Rams, and 2007 Patriots?