Offensive lineman Josh Sitton said earlier in the week every year can't be shattering records. The Packers offense had struggled through the first three games, tonight they just wanted to take a step in the right direction, be more productive and build some chemistry. Green Bay started fast, Aaron Rodgers hit James Jones in the endzone for the Packers first, first quarter touchdown of the season. (although the pass was intended for Finley, but it still counts!)
Rodgers hooked up with Jones again in the second quarter - two of Rodgers td tosses were to Jones, who stepped up with the exit of Greg Jennings who aggravated his groin.
The offensive productivity started in the trenches tonight. A huge improvement by a unit that allowed Rodgers to be sacked eight times in the first half against Seattle Monday night. Balance was also a big reason Rodgers had more time in the pocket tonight. Cedric Benson kept the Saints defense honest with 84 yards rushing on 18 carries. And heading into the ballgame, Rodgers talked about urgency in two areas, third down conversions and redzone efficiency. Green Bay finished the night 4-for-5 in the redzone and were 50% on third down conversions.
Jermichael Finley said tonight's performance is only the beginning, there's much more in store. The Packers are going to need more improvement on offense with their next three games on the road away from Lambeau Field.