Packers' Ty Montgomery celebrates his touchdown catch during the
first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City
Chiefs Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
GREEN BAY — Packers quarterback Aaron
Rodgers thinks his offense is just getting started.
Just imagine what he could accomplish
with a full complement of healthy weapons.
Rodgers dissected another defense in
painstakingly methodical fashion, throwing for 333 yards and five
touchdowns in Green Bay's 38-28 win on Monday night over the Kansas
"I just think we're scratching the
surface a little bit," Rodgers said.
Randall Cobb, who is playing while
recovering from a sprained right shoulder, had three touchdown
catches. James Jones, who was signed before the season to replace
injured veteran Jordy Nelson, had seven catches for 139 yards.
The Packers (3-0) have done most of
their damage the last two games with wideout Davante Adams sidelined
by a sprained ankle.
The offense is still churning out
Chiefs' Jamaal Charles gets into the end zone on a run past
Green Bay Packers' Nate Palmer (51) during the first half of an
NFL football game Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
"Aaron is a phenomenal player ...
and playing great football," McCarthy said with a laugh.
"I'll just keep saying it."
Rodgers gives credit to his offensive
line. He was sacked once and was under duress for spurts from Chiefs
But Rodgers, who finished 24 of 35,
again burned a secondary on free-play situations following defensive
penalties. The longest gain came on a 52-yard catch in the fourth
quarter by Jones following an offside penalty, setting up Cobb's third
"His ability to really process
information is as good as I've ever been around," McCarthy said
The Chiefs (1-2) were on alert for
Rodgers' tendency to take advantage of free plays.
They still got beat.
"This is not acceptable, and coach
Andy Reid is not happy," Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said.
Packers' Aaron Rodgers talks to Kansas City Chiefs' Alex Smith
before an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in Green
Some other notes and takeaways from
LATE RUSH: Jamaal Charles rushed for
three touchdowns for Kansas City (1-2), which followed its stunning,
last-minute loss at home to Denver with a respectable fourth-quarter
effort. Charles' 7-yard TD with 1:25 left got the Chiefs within 10.
But the end result was the same for Kansas City, which lost its second
"Green Bay did a nice job,"
said a curt Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
FOR STATERS: Rodgers led the Packers on
two successful first-quarter drives that ended with scoring passes to
Cobb and rookie Ty Montgomery. For Montgomery, it was his first NFL
Rodgers found Jones for a 27-yard
touchdown reception late in the second quarter for a 24-7 lead at the
Packers' Aaron Rodgers runs during the first half of an NFL
football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, Sept. 28,
2015, in Green Bay, Wis.
FOR STARTERS, PART 2: Quarterback Alex
Smith finished 24 of 40 for 290 yards and a touchdown. But the first
half was brutal, when Smith was 2 of 7 for 39 yards.
"I'll watch the tape on
that," he said when asked to evaluate Smith's night. "That's
my responsibility, though, whatever, the whole thing here, offensively
and defensively. It's my responsibility."
GROUND CONTROL: Despite his three
scores, Charles was limited to 49 yards rushing on 11 carries and 33
yards on five catches by the Packers defense. The offense's ability to
build big leads feeds into the Packers' plan of making the opposing
offense one-sided. It helps when the Packers can stop the running
Up front, Green Bay controlled the line
of scrimmage when it counted and got to Alex Smith for seven sacks.
"Forcing (them) to punt that first
half was pretty boring, being on the sideline," linebacker Clay
Matthews said. "But, hopefully, this is just an indication of
where we're headed as a defense."
STREAK STOPPED: Kansas City stopped its
long streak of no touchdown receptions by a receiver when Jeremy
Maclin hauled in a 5-yard TD pass with 56 seconds left in the third
quarter to get the Chiefs within 31-14. It was the first touchdown
pass caught by a receiver since Donnie Avery had a 79-yard
catch-and-run against the Indianapolis Colts in a wild card game on
Jan. 4, 2014.
The score offered little solace to
"Not even, man," he said.
"We lost the game."