Before anyone could blink in the NFL's first game of the season, the Packers had leapt out to a 14-0 lead after a tremendous opening drive resulting in a Greg Jennings touchdown, a Marques Colston fumble, and an equally impressive though shorter second drive with a Jordy Nelson touchdown grab.
Drew Brees came right back with a touchdown drive of his own, after a long catch and run by Darren Sproles and a phenomenal touchdown reception by Robert Meachem, who had dropped an easy screen pass earlier in the drive, for 32 yards.
The Saints defense might as well have just not showed up on Thursday night, though. Jermichael Finley has torched Roman Harper over the middle. Then Randall Cobb, the rookie return man from Kentucky, took a seemingly innocuous nine-yard pass over the middle to the house for a 31-yard touchdown.
Just like that, it was 21-7 Packers, and everyone watching the game, excluding Packers fans, is now sufficiently terrified. Getting Finley back — you'll remember he missed the whole playoff, Super Bowl thing with a knee injury — has opened things up even more, and Aaron Rodgers looks like he's playing Madden on rookie difficulty. His stats after Q1: 14-15, 188 yards, 3 TDs.
His receivers are equally enjoying the wealth: Jennings, Nelson, Finley, Cobb and Donald Driver all have multiple receptions for at least 24 yards.
In other words, this has all the makings of a phenomenally entertaining opening game.... excluding Saints fans.