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Rodgers Proficient Behind Excellent Protection by Packers Line

Don Barclay led the way by stopping an impressive streak by the NFL's reigning sacks champion.

Aaron Rodgers threw five touchdown passes.

Randall Cobb scored three times and James Jones had 139 receiving yards and one touchdown.

The skill-position players did their thing. So, too, did the offensive line, as the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 38-28 on Monday night at Lambeau Field.

“The key starts up front,” Rodgers said after a masterful performance. “We protected really well. That’s a great front. They brought a lot of five- and, on occasion, six-man pressures. To hold their two edge guys to one sack when I held the ball for a long time, that’s pretty impressive.”

Green Bay piled up 428 yards and 26 first downs on the night. Green Bay topped 100 rushing yards by halftime and Rodgers was sacked just once. Six of the first 10 drives resulted in points and the Packers controlled the ball for 33:30.

Perhaps the only stat line more impressive than Rodgers’ was that of Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston. Houston, who led the NFL with 22 sacks last season and had three in the first two games of this season, had a sack in eight consecutive games. Backup right tackle Don Barclay drew the assignment and turned a presumed mismatch on its ears. Houston finished with four tackles, including one for a loss, but no sacks and just one quarterback hit.

“It feels good,” Barclay said. “All of us worked hard. They bring a lot of different looks and try to get those guys one-on-one on the edges. I think everyone did a great job tonight.”

Barclay wasn’t perfect and Houston flexed his muscle at times. On Green Bay’s first touchdown, Houston ran over Barclay with a powerful bull rush. Rodgers simply side-stepped to his left a bit and threw a touchdown pass to Ty Montgomery.

“He’s a great player,” Barclay said of Houston. “He’s definitely the whole package. He has it all. He stops the run, the pass. We did a great job as a whole O-line just giving Aaron the time he needed.”

After scoring 31 points in Week 1 at Chicago, the Packers have scored a combined 65 points against Seattle and Kansas City. That’s a lot of production against two excellent defenses, with right tackle Bryan Bulaga out with a knee injury, receiver Davante Adams out again with an injured ankle and Eddie Lacy slowed with his own injured ankle.

So, as Rodgers again shows why he’s the best player in the NFL, the offensive line continues to show why it’s elite, as well. With Week 3 in the books, the Packers have allowed three sacks and are averaging 4.2 yards per carry. That’s the sixth-fewest sacks and the ninth-best rushing average.

“I just think we’re scratching the surface a little bit,” Rodgers said. “You know, Davante (Adams) being out for parts of the last game-and-a-half has been tough. Again, we’re very thankful James Jones was there at the end of the cuts. I think that he’s proven he was a good guy to bring in. Randall’s had a great start to the season and we’re bringing Ty along as much as we can. But again, it starts with the guys up front. They’ve been blocking really well. We have three games in, we’ve got three sacks. That’s pretty impressive. If those guys keep blocking like that we’re going to be tough to beat.”

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