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Packers ride Rodgers' hot start to 21-16 win over Vikings

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) All that mattered to Aaron Rodgers on Sunday was that the Packers won.

That's it.

Rodgers threw two early touchdowns and Green Bay held on for a 21-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

''The biggest thing is that we're 2-0,'' he said. ''I know we owe a lot of that to our defense and (defensive coordinator) Mike Pettine and his staff and those guys for being opportunistic and making plays when they had to. But I think there's still a lot of great potential in this offense.''

On a day when the Packers honored late Hall of Famer Bart Starr at halftime, Rodgers put on quite a show - particularly early. Rodgers completed nine of his first 10 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns and had a perfect 158.3 rating through the first quarter. He finished 22 of 34 for 209 yards.

Rodgers and new coach Matt LaFleur experimented with Rodgers wearing a playcall wristband in the hope that it would speed up the play-calling process and get the offense out of the huddle quicker.

''Yeah, this is probably the wordiest offense I've been in since Cal,'' said Rodgers, who played college ball at California after transferring from Butte Community College. ''I think it just helps with communication. He doesn't have to say 12 syllables to me, and then I say 12 syllables in the huddle. It helps speed things up a little bit. But we didn't use it a whole lot. We only used it about five or six times.''

After scoring on each of its first three possessions, Green Bay's offense failed to muster another point. But the hot start was enough to win.

The Packers remained unbeaten under LaFleur after opening the NFL's 100th season with a victory at rival Chicago. They also beat the Vikings (1-1) for the fifth time in the past seven games at Lambeau Field.

Minnesota's Dalvin Cook had a career-high 154 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. It was the third-year pro's second consecutive game with over 100 yards rushing. Cook also had 37 yards receiving in the loss.

''We're just trying to find our rhythm,'' Cook said. ''It was a hostile environment. We knew what we were coming into. Tried to prepare as well as we could. You can never replicate a game. Just trying to find our rhythm. We found it, but they jumped on us pretty early.''

After throwing the ball just 10 times in the opener against Atlanta, Kirk Cousins finished 14 of 32 with 230 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Cousins was picked off by Kevin King in the end zone late in the fourth quarter.

''You just can't do that, can't do that,'' Cousins said of the interception. ''It happened last week in our game against us. We talked about it all week, you just can't do that. It's uncharacteristic of me.''

The Vikings are 5-2-1 in last their eight meetings against Green Bay.

Rodgers and Davante Adams connected on a 39-yard completion on the Packers' first offensive play. Rodgers found running back Jamaal Williams for a 15-yard touchdown to cap a four-play, 75-yard drive.

Adams finished with 106 yards on nine catches.

''We started off a lot faster,'' Adams said. ''That's definitely what we were after this week.''

It took Green Bay's offense all of 12 minutes to score more points (14) than it did in the season opener at Chicago (10).

After a missed field goal by Minnesota, receiver Geronimo Allison, who did not see a single pass against the Bears, gave the Packers a two-score advantage on a 12-yard strike from Rodgers.

Green Bay took over at the Vikings 33 after defensive lineman Kenny Clark sacked Cousins, forcing a fumble. Dean Lowry recovered the loose ball.

The Packers took a commanding 21-0 lead with 2 minutes to play in the first half on 2-yard run by Aaron Jones.

''We came out hot,'' said Jones, who finished with 116 yards on 23 carries. ''We thought we could do no wrong. We've just got to continue to work at it because the fourth drive, fifth drive, sixth drive, we want points on those as well.''

After rushing for 111 yards and two touchdowns in a win last week against the Falcons, Cook broke out for a 75-yard score following a missed tackle by rookie safety Darnell Savage.

''Eventually one of us was going to make a play to get this game rolling, and it was just me that made a play,'' Cook said. ''Whatever to get a team rolling, to get this thing going, that was the play to do it.''

Stefan Diggs scored the Vikings' other touchdown with a 45-yard grab with 9:12 to play in the third.

''Disappointing loss today,'' Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. ''We fought hard, but we didn't play well enough to win. We had some dumb penalties. ... The interception at the end of the ballgame hurt.''

Minnesota had eight penalties for 100 yards.

INJURIES

Packers: S Raven Greene was carted off the field with an ankle injury following the first play of the second half. He did not return.

STARR CELEBRATION

The Packers honored Starr during a celebration that included a video tribute, words from Starr's wife, Cherry, and an appearance by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Starr, who died in May at 85, was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls and won the league MVP award in 1966 with the Packers. Starr has the highest postseason passer rating (104.8) of any QB in NFL history and a postseason record of 9-1. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Packers Hall of Fame in 1977.

NEXT UP

Vikings: Host Raiders on Sept. 22.

Packers: Host Broncos on Sept. 22.

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Key Players
D. Cook 33 RB
154 RuYds, RuTD, 37 ReYds, 3 RECs
24
FPTS
A. Jones 33 RB
116 RuYds, RuTD, 34 ReYds, 4 RECs
20
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 9:12
D.Bailey extra point is Blocked (T.Brown) Center-A.Cutting Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
16
21
Touchdown 9:19
K.Cousins pass deep middle to S.Diggs for 45 yards TOUCHDOWN. PENALTY on MIN-S.Diggs Unsportsmanlike Conduct 15 yards enforced between downs.
3
plays
42
yds
00:55
pos
16
21
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:55
D.Bailey 31 yard field goal is GOOD Center-A.Cutting Holder-B.Colquitt.
6
plays
60
yds
00:42
pos
10
21
Point After TD 14:00
D.Bailey extra point is GOOD Center-A.Cutting Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 14:00
D.Cook left tackle for 75 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
75
yds
00:16
pos
6
21
Point After TD 14:16
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 14:16
A.Jones right guard for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
33
yds
2:00
pos
0
20
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:18
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 3:18
A.Rodgers pass short middle to G.Allison for 12 yards TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
63
yds
5:58
pos
0
13
Point After TD 12:50
M.Crosby extra point is GOOD Center-H.Bradley Holder-J.Scott.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:50
A.Rodgers pass short right to J.Williams for 15 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
75
yds
2:10
pos
0
6
Team Stats
Time of Pos 25:54 34:06
1st Downs 15 20
Rushing 8 7
Passing 6 12
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 4-13 5-15
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 421 335
Total Plays 60 69
Avg Gain 7.0 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 198 144
Rush Attempts 27 33
Avg Rush Yards 7.3 4.4
Net Yards Passing 223 191
Comp. - Att. 14-32 22-34
Yards Per Pass 7.0 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-7 2-18
Penalties - Yards 8-100 6-35
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 1 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 2
Fumbles - Lost 5-2 2-2
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 6-44.0 8-42.0
Return Yards 25 0
Punts - Returns 4-25 2-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-0
Kicking 2/4 3/3
Extra Points 1/2 3/3
Field Goals 1/2 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 0-2 -0% 3-3 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-2 -0% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Vikings 1-1 0106016
Packers 2-0 1470021
223 PASS YDS 191
198 RUSH YDS 144
421 TOTAL YDS 335
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
43.8% 230 1 2 52.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.4% 328 2 2 74.3
K. Cousins 14/32 230 1 2 10
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Cook 33 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 154 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 265 3
D. Cook 20 154 1 75 24
A. Mattison 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 25 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 74 0
A. Mattison 4 25 0 14 2
K. Cousins 8 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 21 1
K. Cousins 2 17 0 11 10
A. Abdullah 31 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
A. Abdullah 1 2 0 2 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Thielen 19 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 75 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 118 1
A. Thielen 8 5 75 0 30 7
C. Beebe 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 61 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 70 0
C. Beebe 2 1 61 0 61 6
S. Diggs 14 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 1 49 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 86 1
S. Diggs 7 1 49 1 45 8
D. Cook 33 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 46 0
D. Cook 3 3 37 0 13 24
K. Rudolph 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 9 0
K. Rudolph 5 3 9 0 5 0
C. Ham 30 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
C. Ham 3 0 0 0 0 0
I. Smith 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 -1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 -1 0
I. Smith 2 1 -1 0 -1 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 2.0
D. Hunter 6-3 1.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 0.0
E. Kendricks 6-2 0.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 1.0
A. Barr 6-0 0.0 0 0
A. Harris 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 2 0.0
A. Harris 5-1 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-2 0 0.0
H. Smith 5-1 0.0 0 1
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 2.0
L. Joseph 4-2 1.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
X. Rhodes 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
T. Waynes 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Kearse 27 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 0.0
J. Kearse 3-1 0.0 0 0
E. Wilson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
E. Wilson 3-1 0.0 0 0
G. Bradbury 56 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
G. Bradbury 2-0 0.0 0 0
H. Mata'afa 51 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
H. Mata'afa 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Johnson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Kline 64 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Kline 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Abdullah 31 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Abdullah 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Boyd 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
K. Boyd 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Griffen 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 1.0
E. Griffen 0-3 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Bailey 5 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 1/2
SEASON FG XP
1/2 5/6
D. Bailey 1/2 31 1/2 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 2 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 44.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
11 46.5 3
B. Colquitt 6 44.0 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Beebe 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 6.3 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 6.3 15 0
C. Beebe 4 6.3 15 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Rodgers 12 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 209 2 0 101.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.5% 412 3 0 96.6
A. Rodgers 22/34 209 2 0 18
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Jones 33 RB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 116 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 155 1
A. Jones 23 116 1 15 20
J. Williams 30 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 28 0
J. Williams 9 28 0 10 9
A. Rodgers 12 QB
18
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 8 0
A. Rodgers 1 0 0 0 18
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Adams 17 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 7 106 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 142 0
D. Adams 9 7 106 0 39 10
A. Jones 33 RB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 34 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 34 0
A. Jones 6 4 34 0 15 20
G. Allison 81 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 25 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 25 1
G. Allison 5 4 25 1 12 6
M. Valdes-Scantling 83 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 71 0
M. Valdes-Scantling 6 3 19 0 14 1
J. Williams 30 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 13 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 28 1
J. Williams 4 3 13 1 15 9
J. Kumerow 16 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 12 0
J. Kumerow 1 1 12 0 12 1
M. Lewis 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 14 0
M. Lewis 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Graham 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 30 1
J. Graham 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
B. Martinez 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-5 0 1.0
B. Martinez 10-3 0.0 0 0
D. Savage 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
D. Savage 6-0 0.0 0 1
A. Amos 31 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
A. Amos 4-0 0.0 0 0
Z. Smith 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 1.0
Z. Smith 3-3 0.0 0 0
D. Lowry 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
D. Lowry 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Alexander 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
J. Alexander 2-1 0.0 0 0
P. Smith 91 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 1 1.0
P. Smith 2-0 0.0 1 0
B. Goodson 93 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Goodson 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Adams 17 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Adams 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Linsley 63 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Linsley 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Clark 97 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-5 0 1.0
K. Clark 1-1 1.0 0 1
D. Vitale 45 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Vitale 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Adams 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Williams 38 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
T. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 1
T. Summers 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Summers 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. King 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 1.0
K. King 1-0 0.0 1 0
R. Greene 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
R. Greene 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Lancaster 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Lancaster 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Fackrell 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
K. Fackrell 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Crosby 2 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
1/1 4/4
M. Crosby 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 47.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
17 47.6 6
J. Scott 8 47.6 1 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Davis 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 0.3 1 0
T. Davis 2 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:50 MIN 25 3:34 8 46 FG Miss
3:18 MIN 25 2:02 4 8 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:16 MIN 25 0:16 2 75 TD
12:36 MIN 28 0:57 3 2 Punt
9:28 GB 21 1:31 3 8 Punt
4:56 MIN 40 0:52 3 4 INT
1:33 MIN 27 0:42 6 60 FG
0:23 MIN 37 0:23 1 -8 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 25 1:11 3 9 Punt
10:07 GB 42 0:55 3 42 TD
5:34 MIN 12 4:43 8 43 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:40 MIN 23 2:52 5 16 Punt
10:08 MIN 40 4:58 9 52 INT
4:06 MIN 24 0:52 3 3 Punt
0:06 MIN 20 0:06 1 17 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 GB 25 2:10 4 75 TD
9:16 GB 37 5:58 11 63 TD
1:16 MIN 33 2:00 4 33 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:00 GB 25 1:24 3 47 Fumble
11:39 GB 30 2:11 3 9 Punt
7:57 GB 23 3:01 6 4 Punt
4:03 MIN 47 2:31 6 20 Downs
0:51 GB 25 0:28 3 -6 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:49 GB 25 3:42 6 17 Fumble
9:12 GB 25 3:38 6 15 Punt
0:50 GB 1 1:11 4 19 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:48 GB 22 1:40 3 -6 Punt
5:03 GB 20 1:04 3 8 Punt
3:14 GB 21 3:08 7 27 Punt