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Packers 38, Redskins 20

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GREEN BAY -- Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers went on cruise control and dominated the Washington Redskins, 38-20 at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Head coach Mike Shanahan might need to schedule an early wake-up call for his Washington Redskins, who dropped to 0-2.

A week after falling behind 26-7 at halftime against Philadelphia, the Redskins found themselves trailing 24-0 at halftime against the Green Bay Packers. Unlike last week, however, there would be no second-half comeback.

Rodgers passed for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns and James Starks rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown. It marked the first time in franchise history that the Packers had a 400-yard passer and 100-yard rusher in the same game, and was the Packers' first 100-yard rushing game in 44 games.

Reigning Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III failed to put the Redskins on the scoreboard during the first half for the second consecutive week. Griffin, who didn't play during the preseason while recovering from a severe knee injury sustained in the playoffs. While Griffin threw for 320 yards, much of his production came after the game was out of hand.

By winning a key game between reigning division champions, the Packers improved to 1-1.

The Redskins fell to 0-2, a bad omen considering none of the 30 teams that started 0-2 over the previous four seasons reached the playoffs.

Using mostly short passes to offset the Redskins' pass rush, Rodgers completed 26-of-31 passes for 335 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. The Packers scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions to take control. It could have been a wider margin at half had James Jones not fumbled at the goal line late in the first half.

With Green Bay leading 3-0, Rodgers threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Randall Cobb, who was matched on linebacker Perry Riley Jr. on fourth-and-3. Cobb caught the pass at the 26 and blew past Riley and a pair of defensive backs. Rodgers added touchdown passes to Jermichael Finley and then Jordan Nelson, which was set up by a 57-yard catch and run by James Jones.

Jones, who led the NFL with 14 touchdown catches in 2012 but didn't have a single reception last week at San Francisco, set career highs of nine catches for 152 yards in the first half alone.

Trailing 31-0, Griffin finally got the Redskins on the move. Running back Alfred Morris and receiver Pierre Garcon each went over 100 yards on the day during a touchdown drive that Griffin capped with a 6-yard pass to Garcon.

The Packers answered with a 32-yard touchdown run by Starks. That put him over 100 yards for the day -- Green Bay's first 100-yard rusher since Brandon Jackson against Washington on Oct. 10, 2010.

Griffin threw touchdown passes to rookie tight end Jordan Reed and veteran receiver Santana Moss in the fourth quarter to pull within 38-20 with 7:36 remaining. It was Moss' 65th career touchdown reception.

Notes: According to ESPN Stats & Info's Twitter feed, Rodgers was the first player with 335 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the first half since Tom Brady in Week 6, 2006, by Tennessee. ... Packers running back Eddie Lacy was knocked out of the game with a concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit by safety Brandon Meriweather on the first series of the game. There was no penalty. In the second quarter, Meriweather knocked himself from the game with a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit on Lacy's replacement, Starks. There was no penalty for that hit, either. ... Redskins linebacker London Fletcher played in his 242nd consecutive game and made his 201st consecutive start. Among defensive players, Bill Romanowski holds the NFL record with 243 consecutive games and Derrick Brooks holds the NFL record with 208 consecutive starts. ... For the second consecutive week, the Packers were without two standouts in the secondary, with safety Morgan Burnett and cornerback Casey Hayward sidelined by hamstring injuries. ... With kicker Kai Forbath nursing a groin injury, the Redskins signed John Potter on Saturday and released quarterback Pat White. ... Lambeau Field's expanded south end zone made its regular-season debut. With about 7,500 additional sets bumping capacity to more than 80,000, a stadium-record 78,020 watched the game.
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