After suffering a close loss to the San Francisco 49ers on opening day, the Green Bay Packers bounced back with a dominant performance against the Washington Redskins in Week 2.
Aaron Rodgers tied a franchise record with 480 passing yards, and James Starks went over 100 rushing yards filling in for a concussed Eddie Lacy. Prior to Sunday, the Packers had never had a 400-yard passer and a 100-yard rusher in the same game.
In front of a new Lambeau Field attendance record of 78,020, the game began under sloppy conditions. Lacy suffered a concussion on his first carry of the game when Redskins forcefully led with the crown of his helmet.
But the guy who many considered to be as good as gone following the draft (Starks) filled in admirably, racking up 168 total yards on 24 touches.
Pushed by Lacy and fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin, Starks had likely his best training camp as a professional. But Starks, an athletic guy, always looks good in practice. For him, it’s just a matter of staying on the field.
It will be interesting to see how Starks’ big day plays into the running back rotation–if there is one.
I’m making it a rule that I can’t give out more than five Game Balls. And before criticizing me for being too nice and handing out the maximum, just remember that the Packers dominated this game. There was far more good than bad–at least from the Packers’ end.
Anytime an offense threatens the 600-yard mark in total offense, the play-caller deserves a lot of credit. Despite losing his lead back early, McCarthy stayed loyal to the ground game, allowing Starks to crack 100 yards.
But McCarthy is what he is; he loves to throw the football. And as long as the Packers have Rodgers at the helm, they’ll throw the football plenty. The offense was phenomenal against Washington, and McCarthy was the man calling the shots.
In case anyone forgot, Rodgers is still the best quarterback in football. Last week, Rodgers was almost flawless against the best defense in the NFL, and this week, he was about as close to perfect as a mortal can be, especially when targeting James Jones and Randall Cobb.