With the precision of a surgeon wielding a scalpel, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw five touchdown passes at Lambeau Field Monday night to slice up the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-28. Wide receiver Randall Cobb snared three of those scoring tosses as Week Three in the NFL came to a close. Jamaal Charles, whose fumble cost the Chiefs a win 11 days ago, had three rushing touchdowns in a losing effort.
With the win the Packers go to 3-0 and stay atop the NFC North Division. The Chiefs slip to 1-2 and are two games back of AFC West Division-leading Denver Broncos.
The Green Bay defense had its second consecutive stout performance. Clay Matthews racked up two of the team’s six sacks of KC quarterback Alex Smith. Mike Daniels got up close and personal with Smith on several occasions as did Nick Perry, Julius Peppers and Jayrone Elliott.
The Packer secondary, playing without Morgan Burnett, was more than up to the task. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and wideout Jeremy Maclin had some success. But Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and rookie Demarious Randall kept any damage to a minimum other than a late charge by Kansas City when the issue was no longer in doubt.
There were two backstories in this game. The first was a look back at the very first Super Bowl which was won by Green Bay over Kansas City, 35-10, on January 15, 1967.
The other was centered around the 2005 NFL Draft. Smith was taken No. 1 overall by San Francisco while Rodgers waited and waited until falling into the laps of the Packers at No. 24. Many say that the chip place on A-Rod’s shoulder that day has spurred him to his current greatness. It is hard to argue the point.
Rodgers was 24 of 35 for 33 yards and those five scores for a QB rating of 138.5. He is the all-time leader in that statistic. Smith went 24 for 40 and 290 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception (Sam Shields) which led to an easy score for the Pack.
Smith did manage to snap an ignominious streak, The Chiefs had gone 18 games without a touchdown pass to a wide receiver until Smith connected with Maclin with 56 seconds left in the third quarter.
Another streak remains intact, however, as Rodgers has now completed 486 consecutive passes at home (more if you count playoffs) without throwing an interception. He last served up a pick in week 13 of the 2012 season. New England’s Tom Brady is next with 288 from 2002-2004.
Injuries continue to plague the Packers with WR Davante Adams and tight end Andrew Quarless both going down during the game. Ty Montgomery, the rookie receiver from Stanford, stepped in and got his first touchdown as a pro, a seven-yard grab at the 9:44 mark of the first quarter.
Head coach Mike McCarthy likes to break down the 16-game regular season into four quarters. The Packers hope to close out this first quarter undefeated. Green Bay goes on the road to take on another team that has given them fits of late, the San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff is set for 3:25 p.m., CDT, next Sunday, October 4 and will be carried on Fox.