It’s amazing what can happen when an offense clicks; this Packers Week Two performance against the Detroit Lions proved it. Thanks to the running game from Aaron Jones, the Packers came back from a shaky season debut looking more like the squad we all know and love. The third quarter push was the best example of the work being put in: on third and twelve, quarterback Aaron Rodgers connected deep to receiver Davante Adams for a 50-yard gain that eventually manifested itself into a touchdown completed by tight end Robert Tonyan.
Monday night football was all about Rodgers as the squad put their trust into their leader after an early 17-14 deficit. The Packers shut Detroit down after that, outscoring them the remainder of the matchup a whopping 21-0. It would be shameful not to mention the effort put forward by the defense, who really took charge in the second half. De’Vondre Campbell and Krys Barnes came away with two different turnovers from Lion quarterback Jared Goff which helped propel the momentum in favor of Green Bay. Top performers this week included, obviously, Aaron Jones, who scored four times. Next week we look forward to seeing how corner Eric Stokes can aid in a team effort.
With a short recovery period and travel week, the Packers will have to step up big time in Santa Clara, California against the San Francisco 49ers. Again, the defense will have a chance to show their dominance. Will they fold under the pressure or shine like they did against the Lions? The 49ers will likely have their way on the ground, translating to high possession times. They will do what they can to keep Rodgers off the field. Green Bay will look to their defense to stop this from happening, and if they can, there’s hope for another Packer win in another primetime competition.