Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback, may still be molding some inexperienced receivers, but he is adept at locating the end zone. Rodgers sent wide receiver Allen Lazard a touchdown pass for the third time in the previous four games, this one coming on a 4-yard screen, giving the Packers a 10-0 lead in the opening round. Lazard successfully caught it when Romeo Doubs, a rookie receiver, was outside blocking from the slot’s right.
Rodgers has just completed his sixth touchdown pass of the year. Despite missing the first game of the season due to an ankle ailment, Lazard has three of them.
The Packers were brought to the 4-yard line by a 33-yard pass interference call on Giants safety Xavier McKinney against tight end Robert Tonyan.
It was the first time the Packers had scored at least 10 points in the opening frame of a game since Week 3 of the previous season, a span of 18 games.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, Lazard has scored a touchdown on 20.8% of his receptions since the beginning of last season (through his first two catches today), the highest percentage in the NFL among players with at least 20 receptions.
In the second quarter, Rodgers performed some magic once more close to the goal line. With a fake handoff to AJ Dillon and a phony end around to Christian Watson, he fooled almost every member of the Giants defense, opening the door for Marcedes Lewis to score a 2-yard touchdown. Not only was it Lewis’ first touchdown of the year, but it was also his first reception.