Going into the quarter pole of the 2015 NFL season, Green Bay has become the clear favorite to capture its fifth straight NFC North Division title. The Packers have looked and played like the best Football team this season, and arguably shares the best overall with defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, also 3-0.

Green Bay came out swinging Monday night, punching the Kansas City Chiefs right in the faceguard with an offense that moved the ball and scored in bunches, and a stingy defense that took advantage of an inept Chiefs passing game to focus on the run for a 17-point halftime lead.

However, the third game of the season will not be remembered as an artistic gem. From there the Packers lost a little interest, allowing the Chiefs to creep back with 21-point second half before hanging on for a 28-18 win at Lambeau Field and a national television audience.

By the new “Get Loud Lambeau” standard, it was a pretty mellow crowd of 73,214 compared to last Sunday night’s thunderous ovation against Seattle. Packer players and coaches commented afterward that it was the loudest game they’ve heard there.

Part of it was due to the quiet efficiency of Aaron Rodgers, who peppered the Chiefs with quick jabs—an 8-yard touchdown toss to Ty Montgomery and a 3-yard quick out pass to Randall Cobb—for a 14-0 lead, as the Packers outgained K.C.

in first-quarter yardage, 150-3. A 27-yard scoring pass to James Jones ended the half with the Packers leading, 24-7.

The scoring drives in the second half concluded with 5-yard and 4-yard touchdown tosses to Cobb as Rodgers finished the night with 24 completions in 35 attempts for 333 yards and five touchdowns.

Even a sure interception by K.C. was dropped, keeping Rodgers streak alive at 486 consecutive pass completions at home without an interception, good for 43 touchdowns.

It was also a sloppy and sloppily-played game, especially when the rain intensified in the second half. The Chiefs scored three touchdowns in the final quarter and a half, but missed on a two-point conversion to keep the point differential at 10 with 1:25 remaining.

Other than Rodgers, the stars of the game was the Packers defense, which sacked quarterback Alex Smith seven times and held Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles to 49 yards rushing, although he did score three touchdowns. Mike Daniels spent most of his time in the Chiefs backfield, registering 1.5 sacks, a tackle for loss, a hurried pass and forced fumble. Clay Matthews also recorded two sacks and Sam Shields had an interception as the Chiefs offense was held to seven possessions of three or fewer plays through the first three quarters of the game.

The Packers committed 12 of the 19 penalties in the game for 89 yards, but more importantly they didn’t commit a turnover for the second time this season (one fumble, 0 interceptions).

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