Scoring 25 Unanswered points, the Green Bay Packers put a pasting to the Atlanta Falcons on the road when they defeated the 25-14 tonight to become the first 5-0 team in the league this year.
It’s also the first Packers team to start 5-0 since the 1965 season.
And that’s 11 straight wins … The most by a Packers team since the mid-90s.
“Excellent victory on the road …,” head coach Mike McCarthy
said. “… That’s a big win.”
But the Packers’ defense forced five straight punts from the Falcons and got huge performances again from Aaron Rodgers and James Jones.
Rodgers was 26-38 for 396 yards and 2 touchdowns. That equates to a 117 QB rating.
Jones had 5 catches for 140 yards, including his catch and run for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Rodgers completed passes to 12 different receivers … Tying a team record.
Complementing the solid offensive efforts was a defense that settled in during the second half to force two interceptions, one by Charlie Peprah and the other by Jarrett Bush, and to force three straight 3 and outs and five straight punts.
Some other highlights:
The Packers receivers again dominated the game. Atlanta didn’t have an answer for most of the night.
Rookie receiver Julio Jones went out of the game in the third quarter and didn’t return.
Greg Jenning’s TD run will be one included on his career highlight reel.
Derek Sherrod was solid in his play at left tackle in replacing the injured Chad Clifton. And don’t forget about an equally fine showing again from Marshall Newhouse at right tackle in place of Bryan Beluga.
And of course we must give Mason Crosby huge kudos for his four FGs, and especially for matching his 56-yard effort at Philly last year.