Packers: 17, Bengals: 20
The start of the Aaron Rodgers era was a good one. The Rodgers offense looked sharp, scoring 10 points in the first 15 minutes of the game. Too bad it was only on display for one quarter. Then rookie Brian Brohm took the field, promptly throwing an interception and displaying a bewildering lack of accuracy.
The same is true of the defense. The first team looked sharp. The backups–not so much. They gave up a few touchdowns and gave the Bengals a lead they never relinquished.
But the first stringers on both offense and defense displayed some real grit. The Packers defense shut down Carson Palmer’s offense for three consecutive possessions to start off the game. Donald Driver knocked a tackler on his back. But the most impressive play of the game came on a long pass from Rodgers to James Jones. While pulling in the ball, Jones got absolutely clobbered by a pair of Cincinatti defensive backs and lost his helmet. Somehow, however, Jones managed to remain upright and, after a quick glance at the pair of defenders at his feet, jogged in for a touchdown sans-helmet. That got the team, and the crowd at Lambeau Field, pretty fired up.
On another positive note, the crowd seemed to be extremely supportive of Aaron Rodgers, who finished with over 100 passing yards and a TD in just one quarter of play.