Offense: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
After arguably the worst performance of his career, Rodgers came back firing on Sunday, owning an undermanned Lions secondary, throwing four touchdowns in the first half. His passer rating of 127.9 was his best since Sept. 28 of last year, and the first time he’s been over 100 in his last 14 games.
With Rodgers at the controls, the offense piled up 211 yards in the first half and 31 points. Though the two-time MVP lamented the disjoined nature of the second half in which they had just four possessions and gained 103 yards, it was a vast improvement over the performance in Minneapolis last Sunday.
Defense: Outside linebacker Nick Perry
The 1-year, $5-million deal Perry signed in the offseason to return to Green Bay is looking more and more like a steal for Green Bay. The USC product seven tackles, including a pair of sacks, two quarterback hurries and one pass defended. The effort was much needed with his counterpart, Clay Matthews, out with an injury.
Through three games, Perry has 3.5 sacks — the same number he had all of last year — and has been a force in the run game as well.
Special Teams: Mason Crosby
The Packers 32-year-old kicker remained perfect on the season, drilling both of his attempts. Despite a swirling wind, Crosby had no problems hitting from 36 and 46 yards. He’s now 4 of 4 this year.
Quote of the Day
“I don’t think anyone gives a you-know-what if the offense is back or not. It’s about winning. And we got a win.”
— Rodgers when asked if a performance like this is good enough to say the offense is back after the struggles last week against Minnesota
In Case You Missed It
— Four defensive starters missed the game due to injury. Linebacker Clay Matthews, cornerback Sam Shields, safety Morgan Burnett and defensive lineman Letroy Guion.
— Green Bay lost tight end Jared Cook to an ankle injury in the second quarter. Cook was seen on crutches after the game
— Blake Martinez needed to leave the game in the second quarter after stiches from a gash he suffered last week came undone. He was taken to the locker room, where he was stiched up, and then returned to the game.
— Making his first appearance at Lambeau Field since a playoff win in January of 2015, wide receiver Jordy Nelson grabbed six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Inside the Numbers
2 — That’s how many times Aaron Rodgers has thrown four touchdowns in the first half of a game during his career.
103 — That’s how many yards Eddie Lacy ran for on Sunday, the first time he’s been over 100 yards since Dec. 13 last year.
1-2 — That’s Matthew Stafford’s record against the Packers when he throws for at least 300 yards. He had 385 on Sunday.
205 — That’s how many yards wide receiver Marvin Jones had against a banged up Green Bay secondary. He’s the first opposing wide receiver to top the 200-yard mark since Julio Jones had 259 during the 2014 season.
The Packers (2-1) have a bye in Week 3. They’ll return to the field on Oct. 9 against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field.