After an aggressively meh offensive performance through the first two weeks of the season, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers woke up Sunday in a 31–24 win against the Lions.
Rodgers was sublime, completing 15 of his 24 passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns. That's pretty much a touchdown pass every four completions, and Detroit had no answer for the Green Bay offense. The Packers only punted twice all game, and also got a huge effort from Eddie Lacy, who ran for 103 yards on 17 carries.
Two years ago, Rodgers famously told Packers fans to “R-E-L-A-X" after an early season loss to Seattle. He didn’t have to go that far Sunday, easing any concerns—at least for one week—with his big performance. Rodgers also got the passer rating monkey off his back against Detroit, recording a 129.3 rating after failing to eclipse a 100 in his last 14 games.
The key to Rodgers’ resurgence may have been Jordy Nelson, who had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season Sunday. Nelson, of course, missed all of last season with a torn ACL, and had not gived Green Bay an efficient return on his high number of targets through its first two games. That all changed Sunday when he caught six passes on seven targets against the Lions, racking up 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Playing against the 23rd-ranked pass defense entering Week 3 likely helped the Packers find their mojo. But if Rodgers can build off this game, the Pack may find themselves as the favorites to come out of the NFC.