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So here come those Packers, rested after their bye week.

Rodgers, the Super Bowl MVP, said it shouldn’t be a problem getting back into rhythm.

“I think the way that our guys prepare and the way that we practice and the way we’re coached, I’m not worried about any effects,” he said. “Regardless of whether we start slow or sluggish at any point in this game, or any of the following games, it’s not going to have anything to do with the bye week.”

Green Bay has trailed three times at halftime this year and rallied each time.

Plus, they’re averaging 33 points a game.

Wide receiver James Jones thinks the Packers can stay on that pace.

“We don’t feel that too many defenses can stop us,” he said. “When we get stopped, we feel as an offense that we stopped ourselves. Whether it’s penalties, dropped balls, miscommunication, we feel like we’re doing it to ourselves.”

Rodgers has thrown for 2,372 yards and 20 touchdowns, with three interceptions. He’s the first NFL QB to post 2,300 yards passing and 20 TDs in the first seven games.

Rodgers has a 71.5 completion percentage and a 125.7 rating, putting him on pace to break Drew Brees’ single-season completion percentage mark of 70.62 percent in 2009 and Peyton Manning’s single-season quarterback rating mark of 121.1 in 2004.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “If you look at where he is in his career, these are prime years for him, and he’s in total control of the offense.”

Rivers is impressed with Rodgers.

“He’s playing, I don’t think there’s any doubt, at the top of the league,” Rivers said. “You expect him to play that way every week. He’s fun to watch. He can make some throws that not every guy can make. With his arm strength, he can really throw it. Then you throw in the fact that he backyards it a little bit as well. He’s just an all-around good player. I’ve always enjoyed watching him.”


AP Sports Writer Chris Jenkins in Milwaukee contributed to this report.