Aaron Rodgers has turned believers into idol worshippers immediately after kickoff with two touchdowns in the first few minutes. He finished the half 18-24 with 224 yards and three touchdowns.
Near the end of the half, Ryan Grant, the Packers' starting running back, gave way to James Starks, the sophomore who filled in for Grant after he succumbed to a knee injury last year. Starks showed why no one trusts Grant this year, with a breathtaking 17-yard touchdown run to extend the Pack's halftime lead to 11 points.
For the Saints, Darren Sproles had an incredible, 72-yard punt return and Drew Brees has looked fantastic, to his credit, just not as good as Rodgers. In fact, the Saints look perfectly adequate, but the Packers are on a completely different level.
If possible, they look even better than the team that won a Super Bowl last year, with the re-addition of Jermichael Finley to the offense. Finley has three catches for 53 yards and has looked borderline unstoppable while matched up with safety Roman Harper.
The second half should bring more of the same — lots of offense, little defense to speak of — and the entire football-loving public should rejoice that its love has come back, and it is glorious.