What a start to the season. 7-1 is something that no one could have predicted. In a game that at the start of the season, the NFL executives and fans circled on their calendars, it was suppose to be a match up between Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. With Mahomes injury last week, it appeared as those the Packers may easily come out of Arrowhead with a victory.
The game actually turned out to be an exciting Sunday Night Football Game. It was like two heavyweight boxers going at, throwing haymaker after haymaker. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers raced out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, making it look as if they were going to run away with it. The Packers dominated the first quarter.
The second quarter was all Kansas City. They scored 17 unanswered points to take a 17-14 lead heading into halftime. The Chiefs flipped the script and crawled back into it by dialing up blitz after blitz in the second quarter and it seamed to work. On the offensive side of the football Chiefs head coach Andy Reid employed more motion and trickery to generate offense.
In the third quarter, the Packers took the lead on an insane throw to Jamaal Williams in the back of the end zone. It appeared as Rodgers was throwing it away. Right? Didn’t it? The throw was perfect, right where Williams was. Just remarkable. The Chiefs tied it up at 24, but then the Packers took the lead at one final time to make it 31-24 and that was it. The Defense forced the Chiefs to punt with just over 5 minutes remaining in game, and Rodgers and the offensive never gave the ball back up.
Here is some things I took away from the game:
- Aaron Rodgers is a bad man. Him and Matt Lafleur have been finding a common ground and the offense has been evolving.
- Aaron Jones continues to be the real deal. Great bursts through the line and receiving ability out of the backfield is making him a dual threat running back.
- Jones was the vocal point of the offense tonight and has shown the ability to lead when called upon.
- Williams and Jones are complimenting each other well.
- The run defense has much to be desired and needs some improvement.
- The Packers need Davante Adams back. That will open up the offense even more.
The Pack is back and it’s been a fun season so far. There is still a lot of (ball game) season left. Enjoy the ride Packer fans, this team can go along way in January. Go Pack Go!!
Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag