Packers Beat Saints: Three Things We Learned About Green Bay

The Green Bay Packers took care of business against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football, 42-34, giving us a thrilling matchup in the NFL's first game of the regular season. 

We learned plenty of things on Thursday night starting with QB Aaron Rodgers being deserving of all the offseason hype he received. SB Nation's Acme Packing Company handed out three things they learned from the Packers in Thursday night's game. Take a look at what they said about the things they learned and here's my take:


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1. Jermichael Finley and Randall Cobb are going to be major weapons this year, while Jordy Nelson has improved. Finley had three catches for 53 yards while Cobb added two touchdowns, one through the air and one on a kickoff return. Finley was injured last year and Cobb's a rookie so this is an added offensive explosion for the Packers. And let's not forget Nelson who had six catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Who needs Greg Jennings? (Actually, the Packers did as he was their leading receiver on Thursday night)

2. The consequence of No. 1 is that James Jones is now offensive option No. 6 in the passing game, or so it seems. Without Finley and Cobb last year, Jones was a solid option catching 50 balls for 679 yards. This year his role may be lower. He caught one ball for one yard on Thursday night. It's not a bad offense if James Jones is your sixth option in the passing game.

3. We can have an elite YPC with two slightly above average, but not great running backs. RB James Starks and RB Ryan Grant shared the load last night combining for 97 yards rushing on 22 carries. The Packers offense is centered on the pass so as long as they can get solid contributions like that in the running game, they're going to be elite.

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