Green Bay Packers (38) Throttle Visiting Carolina Panthers (17)
GREEN BAY, WI – 10/20/14 – There aren’t many teams playing better than the Green Bay Packers right now. After a rocky 1-2 start, the Pack have reeled off four straight wins and are tied with the Detroit Lions atop the NFC North. Coming off of a dramatic come-from-behind win, the Packers were facing Cam Newton & Co. coming off of a tie against the Bengals the previous week. The game wasn’t much of a contest. The Packers jumped out to an early seven point lead on a 59-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson. After forcing a three-and-out, the Pack marched right down the field again and capped off a nine-play, 56-yard drive with an Eddie Lacy touchdown run. By the end of the first quarter, the Packers were already in cruise control, following a 13-yard touchdown run by James Starks to push the lead to 21.
The second quarter wasn’t much better for the Panthers. The defense continued to shut down and rattle the Panthers’ offense, as Rodgers led the Packers on yet another scoring drive; this one ending on a three-yard touchdown reception by Randall Cobb. The defense would finally falter a bit as the Panthers put together a decent drive that went 65-yards and ended the first half with a 33-yard field goal from Graham Gano.
In the third quarter, the Packers threw down the dagger, as Wayne Larrivee would say, with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams. That, coupled with a Mason Crosby 34-yarder at the end of the third quarter gave the Packers a 38-3 lead going into the game’s final frame. The Panthers rounded out the scoring in this one on two touchdown passes, one from Cam Newton and one from Derek Anderson, to Kelvin Benjamin & Brenton Bersin respectively.
As the bell tolled in Lambeau Field, the final score flashed 38-17 on the jumbo-tron. Despite what the final stats showed, the Packers’ defense was on point during the competitive portion of the game. With three sacks and four quarterback hits, the Packers rattled Cam Newton early and often. Julius Peppers led the pass rush with 1.5 sacks, while Nick Perry & Clay Matthews tossed in one & one-half respectively. Newton finished the game 17/31 for 205 yards and a touchdown and interception apiece. The Packers’ secondary played well, despite missing top cornerback Sam Shields, as Ha Ha Clinton-Dix led the team in tackles for the second consecutive week and Casey Hayward was able to get his second interception of the season.
Offensively for the Packers, it was showtime. Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns, while going 19 of 22 on the day, while also gaining 21 yards with his feet. Randall Cobb had a breakout game, hauling in six balls for 121 yards to go with his touchdown. Jordy Nelson continued his hot start to the season with 80-yards receiving and another touchdown. On the ground, the Packers’ top two backs combined for 99-yards on just 19 carries and combined for two touchdowns.
There’s just one more game left before the bye week for the Packers, and it’s in a very hostile environment. The Packers will head to New Orleans next Sunday night. The Saints are coming off of a last minute loss in Detroit yesterday, and are nearing the desperation point already in 2014. Pregame will begin at 6:30pm with an 8:30 kickoff. Of course, you can catch all of the action here with us on 98.3 WRUP!
-Carl Leander Johnson