Opening drive set the tone for Packers' blowout

Offensive balance got Green Bay rolling vs. Chicago

WR Davante Adams

GREEN BAY – The opening drive had everything the Packers could have asked for.

Seven runs, seven passes. Six different skill players touched the ball. Third-and-long or third-and-short, didn't matter. Even a milestone to finish it.

The Packers' 14-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to start Sunday's 41-25 rout of the Bears set the tone for a big night in more ways than one, and as a result it's the Chevy Drive of the Week.

QB Aaron Rodgers started it with a play-action pass to TE Marcedes Lewis for 11 yards. Two plays later, RB Aaron Jones burst up the middle for 14 yards. A short reception by TE Robert Tonyan preceded a third-and-7 conversion by WR Allen Lazard on an 8-yard grab.

Lazard followed with another catch for 5 yards, then Jones broke back-to-back runs for 9 and 8 yards. He finished the drive with five rushes for 33 yards on his way to 17 carries for 90 yards on the evening.

RB Jamaal Williams got in on the act with a 4-yard run on third-and-1 for a first down in the red zone, but then WR Davante Adams slipped on his in cut and missed Rodgers' pass near the goal line.

No worries, because on the next play, a third-and-10, Rodgers bought some time in the pocket and lofted a pass high into the end zone that Adams jumped to pull down between multiple defenders for the 12-yard TD.

It was not only Adams' team-leading 11th score of the season, it also marked his 500th career catch. He's just the fifth player in team history to reach that milestone, and he did it faster than any of the other four, in just 95 games, one faster than Sterling Sharpe.


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