Green Bay’s defense generated a little more pressure on Dalton in the second half, and rookie safety Josh Jones gave the injury-laden defense a boost with two sacks and 12 tackles.
Rodgers shook off his early struggles to guide the Packers to another win. He was sacked six times, mostly against just the Bengals’ four-man rush, though the protection shored up after halftime.
Rodgers threw just his second career pick-six — and his first at home — when William Jackson returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown for a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter.
Oh, we took a step as a football team, McCarthy said. This always pays forward when you go through adversity and you have success.
I thought Aaron played one of his best games, coach Mike McCarthy said. I thought he was tremendous today.
The Packers flipped the script after the Bengals controlled the first half.
A.J. Green caught a 10-yard scoring pass on the game’s opening drive for Cincinnati’s first touchdown after two frustrating weeks for the offense. Bill Lazor made his debut as offensive coordinator for the fired Ken Zampese.
Andy Dalton was 21 of 27 for 212 yards and two scores. The Bengals were desperate to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2008. But they couldn’t finish the Packers off in the second half.
A disappointment is not finishing a football game now, Lewis said.
Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins: Ajayi left the game early in the first quarter favoring his left arm or wrist, per ESPN’s James Walker. He returned for the start of the Dolphins’ second drive.
Tony Jefferson, S, Baltimore Ravens: Jefferson was injured while tackling Jaguars TE James O’Shaughnessy late in the second quarter. He walked off the field under his own power and returned in the second half.