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Rodgers named NFC's top offensive player in Week One

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By PFW staff

The NFL announced Wednesday that Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was named the NFC's top offensive player in Week One following his superb season-opening performance against the Saints.

Rodgers completed 27-of-35 passes (77.1 percent) for 312 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 132.1 passer rating in the Packers' 42-34 win over New Orleans.

In the first quarter, Rodgers completed 14-of-15 passes (93.3 percent) for 188 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 158.3 passer rating — the highest mark attainable.

He became just the second player in NFL history to throw three touchdown passes in the first quarter of a season opener (Buffalo QB Jack Kemp was the other on Sept. 13, 1964).

Rodgers won the NFC Player of the Week award for the third time his career. He was honored twice last season (Weeks 13 and 16).

Two other Packers players were in the running for weekly honors in the NFC. Green Bay ROLB Erik Walden was nominated for top defensive honors after registering six tackles and a sack against the Saints. In addition, rookie KR-WR Randall Cobb was nominated for weekly special-team honors after tying an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff-return touchdown. Cobb added a 32-yard touchdown reception, becoming just the second rookie in NFL history with a kick-return touchdown and touchdown catch in his first game.

 

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