Green Bay lit up Minnesota on Thursday Night Football 42-10.
Aaron Rodgers completed 70% of his passes and hit his top trio of receivers for scores, one of which is Jordy Nelson and he’s playing like a top-3 stud. Randall Cobb looks like he never injured his leg last season. Rookie Devante Adams did his first Lambeau Leap. Eddie Lacy finally got with the program. Julius Peppers got 3 tackles, half a sack, a pass defensed, and picked a downfield pass off to the races. The Cheese Heads hunted down the quarterback 6 times. Davon House also got an I-N-T. Morgan Burnett led the game with a dozen stops.
Minnesota started former starter and third-string quarterback, Christian Ponder. They missed Teddy Bridgewater and expect him back next week. Matt Asiata did what he could but he did put the ball on the ground. Rookie Jerick McKinnon is playing well enough to earn more touches. Jarius Wright appears to be the go-to guy. Hopefully Harrison Smith is good to go, their best defender got 5 tackles, a pick, and pass defensed. Shareef Floyd and Everson Griffin each notched a sack.
New England bounced back on Sunday Night Football, taking out their frustration on Cincinnati 43-17.
Tom Brady was efficient, connecting with both tight ends for a touchdown. Rob Gronkowski and Tim Wright combined for 185 yards in dual tight end sets, which helped the O-line pave the way for the backfield. Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen racked up 221 yards, Ridley punched one in the endzone. Jerrod Mayo led the team with 8 tackles, and Chris Jones got a sack.
Andy Dalton recorded a better QB rating than his conterpart, matching his pair of TDs. A.J. Green fumbled one away and scored late, after Darrelle Revis left with a hamstring issue. Mohammed Sanu continues to be a key player, he caught the other score. Giovani Bernard got his on the ground but the team trailed early. Emmanuel Lamur contributed 7 tackles and a couple of passes defensed. Robert Geathers hunted down one sack.