After two quarters, the Green Bay Packers lead the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 31-7. Aaron Rodgers has thrown two touchdowns, while Eddie Lacy and James Starks added a score apiece on the ground. As is our custom here at Acme Packing Company, we will run down a few qualities of the game that fall into the categories of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
The Packers offensive line is dominating the Falcons at the point of attack. Eddie Lacy and James Starks have regularly had big holes to run through, and Aaron Rodgers has regularly had five seconds or more to sit in the pocket and throw once again. The Packers have racked up 110 rushing yards already in 30 minutes, and Rodgers has been sacked just once.
The Packers allowed their opponent to get off to a quick start for the first time since the bye week. Julio Jones and Steven Jackson carved up the Packers' defense on the first series for a 72-yard touchdown drive that tied the game at seven. It was the first points the Packers had allowed at home in the first quarter since the home opener against the Jets in week two.
Overall, Jones has been the one bright spot for the Falcons, as the Packers' secondary has little answer when the ball is thrown his way. He has five receptions for 100 yards so far.
Aaron Rodgers has not been doing a good job getting down and avoiding contact. Late in the first quarter, he went down on a scramble to the left and fumbled the ball. Rodgers fell on the ball, but several seconds later Tyson Jackson of the Falcons took a shot into Rodgers' back, drawing a late hit penalty. Rodgers was visibly upset and got into a bit of a shouting match with the Falcons defenders. The Packers got the last laugh though, finding the end zone on the next play on an Eddie Lacy touchdown.
Still, Rodgers has to remember to get down and avoid major contact, as he has taken several big hits today on scrambles.