The Packers' offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week in their 42-34 victory over the Saints in the regular-season opener at Lambeau Field Thursday evening:
Offense: QB Aaron Rodgers
Picking up where he left off in last year's Super Bowl victory over the Steelers, Rodgers was exceptional, registering a 132.1 passer rating (perfect rating in first quarter) and completing 27-of-35 passes (to nine different receivers) for 312 yards and three TDs to three different receivers and zero interceptions.
Defense: ROLB Erik Walden
Opening the season as the starting right outside linebacker, Walden was a force both as a pass rusher (one pivotal sack for 13 yards) and in coverage, making a highlight-reel play breaking up a pass intended for Saints TE Jimmy Graham.
Special teams: RS Randall Cobb
How could it not be Cobb after his acrobatic, tackle-breaking 108-yard kickoff return for a TD that tied a league record for the longest ever? The second-round rookie also was a major force in the passing game with a 32-yard TD catch.