5. The Favre Distraction
Well, it looks like Favre probably didn't spend anytime on the phone with Tony Dungy and his staff last week. I know this really isn't game-related, but it's definitely worth mentioning. By know you about Favre and his possible collusion with the Detroit Lions. Favre says it was "total B.S.", which doesn't really do it for me, but a lot of bonehead Favre fans take that as case closed. But the Lions coached ducked and ran from questions about the matter, and apparently no Jets reporters had the balls to ask Favre after the game. The Packers had some pretty choice words for him, however. Either way, it's just another crazy wrinkle in the whole Favre mess.
4. Were Those Really the Colts?
Even with the Favre news breaking, that should not be the main story of this sports day. Clearly, it's the way the Packers completely destroyed and the manhandled the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton Manning looked absolutely terrible, and the Colts as a whole just looked uninspiring. I'm still not sure just how good this Packer team really can be, but with performances like this they should have no time getting into the playoffs, and making a real run at the Super Bowl.
3. Rodgers Continuing to Shine
Rodgers was 21 for 28 with 186 yards and a touchdown. Those might not be numbers that shoot off the screen, but it was another impressive performance by the QB. Rodgers just plays with such poise and confidence, it's easy to see why the Packers were ready to go ahead with him as their guy. It must have been so hard for Rodgers to deal with all the distractions throughout training camp, just waiting for the time he could finally just prove himself on the field. He's doing that now, and it was well worth the wait.
2. Was That Really Ryan Grant?
Now this is the Ryan Grant we've been waiting to see. Grant's average was only 3.4 yards per carry, but he ran much more effectively than he has all season. Not only did he score his first touchdown of the year, he also had his first 100 yard game of the season. The Packers need both their air attack and their ground game to be on if they're going to go anywhere. Today was a good start.
1. The Defense Seals It Again
I'm starting to like this little formula the Packers have set up here. Take the lead, and seal it with defensive touchdowns late in the game. Today's TDs were courtesy of Nick Collins and Aaron Rouse, which now makes it five interception returns for touchdowns on the season (I think). Some of this can be attributed to a big change the Packers have employed this season, where they put a safety over the top of the other team's best receiver.
Overall, a big victory as the team is now 4-3 heading into the bye week, and first in the NFC North. Their next game is in two weeks against Tennessee, and we're making the trip down to Nashville for the game. Not sure why that's relevant for you, but I'm pretty excited about it.