However, it is still extremely early in the season. And momentum can shift, decrease, or increase at a moments notice.
Obviously every game is important in the NFL, but for the Packers this could be a true tone setter. Starting the year 2-0 with both wins coming against divisional foes would put them in an incredible spot moving forward.
Can they do it though? Let’s look ahead to Sunday and Packers-Lions.
Aaron Rodgers Throws Four More Touchdowns
For the last few years, we’ve all heard the narrative that Aaron Rodgers is declining.
Yes, he is still recognized as one of the best quarterbacks in the game. But a lot of people in the media don’t miss a chance to say that Rodgers is simply losing it with the Packers.
To be fair, the numbers haven’t looked exactly the same over the last few years.
In 2016, Rodgers threw 40 touchdown passes for the Packers. The next season saw the quarterback appear in just seven games though – the lowest of his career since he became the starter.
In that 2017 season, Rodgers threw 16 touchdowns. He followed that up with 25 touchdowns in 2018. While he only threw two interceptions that year, the production was still down.
There was a similar story in 2019 too, only four interceptions, but only 26 touchdowns to go with it. And with very little in the weapons category, there was a chance this was the year Rodgers’ took that step down from the “top tier” of quarterbacks.
He quickly shut up any and all thought of that in Week 1 though. Against the Vikings Rodgers threw for 364 yards and four touchdowns (no interceptions), completing 72.7% of his passes.
Now Rodgers and the Packers are going up against a Detroit team with a defense not nearly as intimidating as Minnesota’s. And the quarterback could feast again.
Rodgers has put himself on track for a great season in Week 1, and Week 2 will see him reaffirm that belief with another four touchdown performance for the Packers.
Davante Adams Reels in 10 More Receptions
Obviously, Rodgers having a big day meant that his receivers had a big day as well. And it should come as a surprise to literally no one that it was Davante Adams who had the biggest game of them all.
The wide receiver racked up 14 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Even for him, those are monster numbers.
But he’s not going to stop there. Adams is in line for another ridiculous stat line. Rodgers is clearly throwing the ball and Detroit’s secondary has no one that can match up with Adams (although to be fair very few teams do).
Another 10-plus receptions are coming his way. That means he’s racking up over 100 yards and likely at least one more touchdown as well.
This is officially the “Davante Adams Revenge Tour of 2020”. Last season saw him appear in just 12 games. He still managed 83 receptions for 997 yards and five touchdowns in that time, but it was not what it could have been.
Following three straight seasons of double-digit touchdowns and a 2018 season that saw Adams propel himself into the top-wide-receiver argument, 2019 was a little disappointing for the Packers.
He’s ready to remind everyone just how destructive he can be to opposing defenses with the Packers. Big numbers are coming his way in 2020.
Sadly for the Lions, that means that Adams will be riding his current momentum into Sunday and post another massive stat line in Week 2 for the Packers.
Packers Win Big
It sounds a lot like the Lions are getting bashed in this article. That really is not the case. There is a lot to like about them and Matthew Stafford and company should be a competitive team in 2020 that might even find a way to fight for a playoff spot.
Right now though, Green Bay is better. The Packers could make serious Super Bowl noise this year and have tons of momentum early on.
The Packers win by at least 14.