Highlighting the Packers dominating offense was rookie wideout Randall Cobb who scored a receiving touchdown and also took back a record-tying 108 yard kick-off return for a touchdown.
Despite leaving Lambeau Field with a loss, the Saints offense and specifically quarterback Drew Brees have to be asking their-selves what happened. Head Coach Sean Payton continued to show his love affair with the passing game with 49 pass plays compared to only 21 carries on the ground.
The speedy Darren Sproles, who New Orleans picked up to replace Reggie Bush, really gave the Green Bay defense problems in the dink-and-dunk game as well as on special teams. Even though the Packers defense allowed 477 total yards to the Saints, they did an excellent job in the red-zone.
In New Orleans four trips to the red-zone, they were only able to come out with six points on one occasion. Conversely, the Packers offense was a perfect 4-for-4 in the red-zone.
Other players who impressed on the night were wide-outs Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson who combined for 13 catches, 166 yards and two touchdowns.
As usual, the Packers running game was mediocre with James Starks receiving the bulk of the load with 12 carries (57 yards) to Ryan Grant’s nine carries (40 yards).
Next up for the Packers is a date with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The Packers 42 points was the most in an opener since scoring 53 in 1919 (Green Bay’s first season). Cobb’s record-setting kick-off return ties Elias Hobbs 108 yard kick-off return with the New England Patriots and is one yard shy of Antonio Cromartie’s 109 yard field goal return.
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Nick Grays is a senior writer at the Sports Bank where he covers the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Milwaukee Brewers. He also enjoys to share Fantasy Advice from time-to-time. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here or visit his blog Nick Knows Best.Follow paulmbanks