NEW ORLEANS – Even without Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers found ways to get the Green Bay Packers offense going.
Rodgers passed for 283 yards and three touchdowns, and the Packers remained unbeaten with a 37-30 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.
Allen Lazard caught six passes for 146 yards for Green Bay (3-0), including gains of 48 and 72 yards on throws deep downfield that each set up touchdowns.
"We knew the type of game. They've got a lot of playmakers. Drew obviously knows how to deal" the ball, Rodgers said, crediting the scheme designed and called by second-year Packers coach Matt Lafleur. "We've gotten in a good flow. ... I feel so much more comfortable in the offense this year, and I think Matt has really settled in to the rhythm of the play calling, and it's made my job a lot easier."
Adams missed the game because of a hamstring injury, but Rodgers adjusted without his top receiver by using a variety of passes, short and long. His scoring passes went for 5 yards to Lazard, 18 to tight end Marcedes Lewis and 1 to tight end Robert Tonyan. Lazard's longest catch set up Aaron Jones' 1-yard TD run. The Packers have scored a total of 122 points over their three games, tops in the NFL.
"I really like the timing on certain calls," Rodgers said. "Sometimes, you've got to kind of dig deep at certain times and hold on to something and trust the players. I really appreciate the flow that we had tonight and the trust in us to make the plays."
The decisive drive got going when Rodgers hit tight end Jace Sternberger for a 23-yard gain and later drew a pass interference call in the end zone on a third-down play, which set up the Tonyan TD with two minutes left.
"We're not playing well enough. Let's not fool ourselves. We're making too many mistakes," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said. "We're not playing disciplined enough on both sides of the ball."
Saints running back Alvin Kamara built on a sensational start to 2020, gaining 197 yards from scrimmage and scoring twice on short passes from Brees, with shifty, tackle-slipping runs after the catch.
"It's nice when you've got a weapon like that, that you just get the ball in his hands in space and he's tough to tackle," said Brees, who completed 29 of 36 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns, including a 52-yarder to Kamara that tied the score at 27-27. "It's like a human highlight reel."