GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The timing is back for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the rest of Green Bay's offense.
Rodgers was 15 of 24, leading the Packers to touchdowns on their first three series. Nelson had 101 yards on six catches, returning to the form that made him one of the NFL's best receivers before missing the 2015 season with a knee injury.
"Just got on the same page. Hitting Jordy for some big plays helps," Rodgers said. "Jordy and I connected. Whenever we're doing that, it kind of opens other things up for the offense."
"Obviously it was a difficult situation. We put ourselves in that situation. On offense, we didn't score enough points in the in the first half," Stafford said. "I'm proud of the guys for fighting back."
PACK IS BACK
Coach Mike McCarthy and Rodgers heard questions about the out-of-sync passing game following the 17-14 loss last week to Minnesota.
Now the Packers head into an early bye week with renewed confidence after a successful opener at Lambeau Field.
"Offensively the focus was to be a good, healthy mix of run and pass, so we accomplished that today," McCarthy said.
Stafford found holes over the middle of the field. He connected with Jones for a 23-yard completion on the first play from scrimmage in the second half to the Detroit 46.
The Packers allowed Detroit to convert on eight of 14 third-down tries, a problem that McCarthy planned to focus on during the bye week.
"I feel like what we did in the second half was to be commended, but obviously we didn't get it done," Jones said. "The first half, we didn't play up to our standards and we came back and we fought, but we ran out of time and it wasn't enough."
WORKING THE MIDDLE
The Packers' offense accomplished two of McCarthy's bigger goals for this week: Receivers worked the middle of the field, and Lacy got more carries in the running game.
Nelson was lined up in the slot on his 8-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter, when Rodgers pump-faked, then stepped up in the pocket to find Nelson.
Lacy looked rejuvenated as he bounced off defenders for a 23-yard run in the second quarter.
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