It was a career making, record breaking kind of day at Lambeau Field.
Luckily, for Aaron Rodgers and crew, the walls at Lambeau are much sturdier than its team’s franchise records.
Rodgers had a career day, completing 34 for 42 passes while throwing for a career-high 480 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday. James Jones and James Starks also had career days. Jones had 178 receiving yards while running back Starks had 132 yards on the ground.
“We were able to catch the ball well, had yards after the catch and we were able to run the ball better than we have in a long time,” Rodgers told reporters after the game.
The Packers offense did not stop at career best though. Sunday’s game was a thrashing of both NFL and franchise records. According to ESPN, the Packers offensive performance was the first time in NFL history that any team had a 450-yard passer and a 125-yard rusher in the same game.
It was also the first time in Green Bay
‘s franchise history where the team had both a 400-yard passer ad a 100-yard rusher in the same game. That 400 yard passer also tied the franchise record for most yards in a regular season game. Rodgers 480 yards tied Matt Flynn’s 2012 performance against the Detroit Lions.
For a while, it looked as though Rodgers might break the franchise record outright. The former MVP had over 300 yards in the first half and threw touchdowns to three different receivers (Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and Jermichael Finley).
While the Packers offense stole the show, their defense was also dominant. Through the first half of the game, the Packer defense did not allow a single Redskins touchdown or field goal and held Robert Griffin III
at bay. While Griffin finished the game with 320 yards, he looked nothing like the quarterback of last year.
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Maybe bigger than the Packers improvements on defense, however, is their successful implication of a running game. In the past two seasons, the Packers have been known as an offensive threat in the air, but their ground game has been severely lacking. This season, with the rise of Ed Lacy and Starks, it seems as though the Packers will have a viable ground threat. Lacy had 10 yards in the 1st quarter before exiting the game with a concussion.
Starks 132 yards also broke the Packers streak of 44 games without a 100+ yard rusher. According to ESPN, this drought was the 3rd longest in NFL history.