(WFRV-TV) - The rare 100+ yard performance turned in by Packers running back James Starks attracted many headlines following Sunday's win over Washington.
But that can’t overshadow the fact that Green Bay has been remarkable through the air after two games. Aaron Rodgers was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after his 480 yard, 4 TD game vs. Washington and is on pace to set NFL records for passing yards, touchdowns, and passer rating.
His receivers are doing their part leading the league with 453 yards after the catch.
"I told the guys,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “I reminded them I'm going to go through my progressions, and I'm going to throw it to the open guy and the high-percentage throw. Some games that might be a few targets and some games it could be 15. To those guys’ credit, they run routes to win all the time and they are incredible after the catch."
An uptick in production for James Jones, Randall Cobb, and Jordy Nelson could also be a case of addition by subtraction now that Greg Jennings and Donald Driver are no longer in the picture.
"As a receiver you get into a flow of the game,” Jordy Nelson said Wednesday in the locker room. “You get used to going against a DB. When we had all the depth here with Greg and ‘Drive’ you'd go in for one possession and out for one possession. It's good to be out there getting comfortable."
The Packers have set a franchise record by recording back to back weeks where a pair of receivers reaches at least 100 yards through the air. Could they possibly end the season with three 1,000 yard pass-catchers?
"That's a high bar, that's a pretty high bar there," says Rodgers.
So high, only five teams have ever pulled it off. In fact, the Packers have only had two 1,000 yard receivers five times in 92 years.
"I think it's possible,” Rodgers added. “We have some great weapons and we've been throwing it around a lot the first two games. It just depends on how teams are going to play us."
"Talent-wise I think there is three 1,000 yard receivers,” said Nelson. “I've had it, Randall would have had it last year if he would have been able to play in the last game. James has come close because he's been in and out of the lineup with the depth. If we all get more opportunities to like we are getting this year I think it's possible."
Toss in Jermichael Finley's fast start and Green Bay's in good hands as they face their third-straight playoff team from a year ago in Cincinnati Sunday.