Offense hitting on all cylinders

Efficient. Precise. Urgent.<p> Pick your favorite adjective, folks, because any of those can be used to describe the Green Bay Packers' offensive performance during their 35-13 pounding of the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.<p>

Along with stuffing their bellies full of some of Wisconsin's finest tailgating fare and guzzling down an endless supply of beer, beer and more beer, Packers fans have found another favorite thing to do this season: pick on offensive coordinator Tom Rossley.

Actually, Rossley has been the object of the fans' ire for some time. He's been targeted as the man most at fault for the Packers' early-season offensive woes, and it's only a matter of time before he's blamed for Vanilla Coke and pickle-flavored potato chips, too.

But against the Seahawks, Rossley and Co. were on top of their game, executing an offensive game plan that was easily one of the most impressive of head coach/general manager Mike Sherman's tenure and arguably the most impressive since the Packers whipped then-defending champion Baltimore and its vaunted defense 31-23 on Oct. 14, 2001.

Seattle entered the game with seemingly everything going for it. At 3-0, the Seahawks had Mike Holmgren calling the shots, former Packers backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck lighting up opposing defenses and a defense of their own that was making life tough for opposing offenses.

So what happened? The Packers scored touchdowns on five straight possessions at one point, rolled up 336 total yards and were never seriously threatened after running back Ahman Green powered his way into the end zone from three yards out late in the first half for a 21-10 advantage.

All told, the Packers rushed 35 times for 159 yards and passed 25 times, completing 19.

"I thought Tom called a great game," said quarterback Brett Favre, who threw for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns. "I thought he called a great game against Chicago (in a 38-23 win last week). I thought we mixed it up well. It was simple stuff."

It wasn't so simple for the Seahawks' defense.

Whether if was Green pounding the ball or Favre throwing deep, middle or short, the Packers played with pace and couldn't be stopped.

"Brett didn't make any mistakes," said Rossley. "And when he doesn't make any mistakes, we're hard to stop, I think. We've got confidence. Our guys were playing with confidence, and everybody contributed.

"The offensive line did a fine job. The running backs, the receivers — everybody worked and got the job done."

What's particularly satisfying about the win is that it came against Holmgren and Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, both former Packers head coaches.

Holmgren tutored Favre into the Hall of Famer he's blossomed into and Rhodes is considered one of the game's brightest defensive minds. They know what makes Favre tick. And they also know what bothers him.

But on Sunday, Favre was a thorn in the Seahawks' side. He had receptions to eight different receivers, seemed spry at times with a variety rollouts, not to mention a big three-yard first down run in the opening quarter, and displayed that old fire and intensity he's become known for when he got into a sh outing match with Seattle free safety Ken Hamlin in the third quarter after Hamlin drilled him to the Lambeau Field turf following a three-yard pass to wide receiver Javon Walker.

"He touched a nerve," Favre said of Hamlin. "He hit me and started talking smack. I told him that he was messing with the wrong guy today."

But he was the right guy for the Packers, finishing with a passer rating of 122.9. Not bad considering opposing quarterbacks were sporting a dismal 56.7 rating heading into Sunday's game.

Green was the right guy, too, rushing for 118 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, Green has 560 yards rushing and seven touchdowns.

When's Green's busy shedding tackles, the offensive line is shooting off the ball and Favre is on top of his game, there's nothing scarier for a defensive coordinator.

"Sometimes you get that feeling," said left guard Mike Wahle. "Nobody's going to stop you today. That's how we felt. Everything was working. It was just one of those days."

Without question, the Packers' offensive unit was feeling it on Sunday, just like they did against the Bears.

And hopefully, that will be the norm — not the exception — for the remainder of the season.

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