GREEN BAY — Columnist Tom Oates assesses the Green Bay Packers' performance in a 55-7 victory over Tennessee at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
Aaron Rodgers is using all of his weapons in the passing game. Ryan Grant and DuJuan Harris run hard, which is important at this time of year. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith held up well after beating out Jeff Saturday.
Green Bay tied its season-high with seven sacks. Second-quarter interceptions by Sam Shields and Erik Walden started the rout. Chris Johnson, one of the NFL's more explosive backs, was held to 28 yards on 11 carries.
Special teams: B-plus
Mason Crosby was 2-for-2 on field goals, including one that banked in off the right upright. Still, that represents progress. Jeremy Ross had a 58-yard punt return after Randall Cobb limped off with an ankle injury.
Dom Capers' frequent blitzes confused young quarterback Jake Locker, especially the one with A.J. Hawk and Casey Hayward rushing in tandem. Why was Cobb still returning punts with a 27-0 lead in the second half?
The Packers have won nine of their last 10, but this was the first time since the Houston game in October that they put it all together. Had Mike McCarthy not called off the dogs, the score could have been much worse.