GREEN BAY, Wis. —Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers should have been feeling satisfied.
With Sunday's 46-16 rout of the Oakland Raiders, the Packers brushed aside a playoff contender by halftime to win their 19th straight, moved a game away from clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs — and at 13-0, they kept the possibility of a perfect season squarely in sight.
Instead, Rodgers seemed concerned about the health of star wide receiver Greg Jennings, who left the game with an apparent left knee injury in the third quarter.
"Well, it didn't look very good," Rodgers said. "So we'll see what the MRI says tomorrow. And hopefully, we've got a bye wrapped up, so he really has close to five weeks before our (playoff) game."
Packers coach Mike McCarthy was more guarded, classifying the injury as a sprain and saying that it warranted further evaluation.
Jennings' injury put a damper on what was otherwise one of the Packers' most complete performances of the season. Rodgers threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in less than three quarters' worth of work, Ryan Grant had two touchdowns rushing and Charles Woodson picked off a pass against his former team.
McCarthy still isn't interested in talking about the possibility of the Packers going 16-0, but his level of confidence is clear.
"(If we're) taking care of things and keeping our focus on improving the quality of play, I don't think we can be beat," McCarthy said. "You could have asked me that six years ago, I would have said the same damn thing. That's the way we think around here."
Rodgers got an early rest in the blowout, as backup Matt Flynn took over late in the third.
"This is the kind of game you want to play going into the playoffs," Rodgers said.
Carson Palmer threw for 245 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions for the Raiders (7-6), who looked like anything but legitimate contenders in the AFC West.
"I'm not going to let this team keep going backwards," coach Hue Jackson said. "The last two weeks, we haven't come close to playing or looking like the football team we've been."
Oakland was without injured running back Darren McFadden, along with wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. And the Raiders made plenty of mistakes to help an opponent that doesn't really need it.
"You are not going to beat a high school team with the penalties and mistakes (like) the ones that we made," linebacker Aaron Curry said. "You make a lot of mistakes, you lose."
Now the Packers are looking forward to the chance to clinch home-field advantage at Kansas City next Sunday.
"Obviously, there's no other team that can say they're 13-0 right now and on the precipice of doing something great," Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews said. "But there's still a lot left that we need to accomplish. If you really want to look into it, the regular season does mean a whole lot if you get to the playoffs. So we're setting ourselves up nicely."
Total Net Yards355391
Interceptions Ret. 1-04-18
Time of Possession31:2028:40
Oakland0 0 7 9—16 Green Bay 14 17 12 3—46
GB—Grant 47 run (Crosby kick), 11:57.
GB—Taylor 4 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 4:10.
GB—FG Crosby 34, 13:07.
GB—Nelson 37 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 9:14.
GB—Grant 6 run (Crosby kick), 7:06.
GB—FG Crosby 38, 12:41.
Oak—Bush 2 run (Janikowski kick), 8:15.
GB—FG Crosby 49, 3:31.
GB—Walden 5 fumble return (kick blocked), 2:48.
GB—FG Crosby 33, 14:21.
Oak—McClain safety, 11:01.
Oak—Boss 5 pass from Palmer (Janikowski kick), 4:43.
Rushing—Oakland, Bush 23-78, Palmer 2-12, Reece 2-12, Murphy 1-10, Cartwright 1-5. Green Bay, Grant 10-85, Kuhn 10-46, Saine 1-7, Flynn 3-(minus 2).
Passing—Oakland, Palmer 24-42-4-245, Lechler 0-1-0-0. Green Bay, Rodgers 17-30-1-281, Flynn 0-2-0-0.
Receiving—Oakland, Heyward-Bey 5-78, Boss 5-43, Murphy 4-70, Reece 4-5, Bush 3-19, Cartwright 2-16, Schilens 1-14. Green Bay, Driver 4-75, Nelson 3-81, Cobb 2-45, J.Jones 2-29, G.Jennings 2-20, Saine 2-14, Grant 1-13, Taylor 1-4.
Missed Field Goals—None.