By Drew Olson Special to Published Sep 15, 2008 at 5:26 AM

Packers cornerback Charles Woodson played college football at the University of Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to a share of the 1997 national championship and became the first primarily defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy.

Woodson's teammate, Greg Jennings, played -- with considerably less fanfare -- at Western Michigan University, which is located in his hometown, Kalamazoo.

Both men enjoyed happy homecomings Sunday afternoon as the Packers took a 48-25 victory in a game that was much closer than the score indicated.

Jennings, a rapidly rising star who makes fantasy football fanatics happy on a weekly basis, caught six passes for 167 yards.

Woodson, playing with a broken toe (the Packers won't say which one) on his right foot, intercepted a pair of passes to help Green Bay seal the verdict in the fourth quarter. The first came moments after the Packers had regained the lead on Mason Crosby's field goal.

Woodson snared a pass from Lions quarterback Jon Kitna on the right sideline, his interception setting up Brandon Jackson's 19-yard touchdown run. Moments later, Woodson stepped in front of another Kitna pass and raced untouched up the sideline for a touchdown.

Woodson ran 41 yards for his score. Moments later, safety Nick Collins picked off a pass and ran it back 42 yards for the final score.

Here are a handful of observations, some coherent and others half-baked, from the game at Ford Field:

'A' for Aaron: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers continues to win fans and influence defensive coordinators. He completed 24 of 38 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. His quarterback rating was 117.

Numbers game: Does anybody really know what a passer rating is? A perfect score is 158.3; the worst possible score -- known in Green Bay as a "Rubley"--  is zero. A score of about 84 is about average. Anything over 100 is deemed pretty good.

Play it safe: Last week, Packers coach Mike McCarthy chastised Atari Bigby for running around after what should have been a "take a knee" interception. How much do you want to bet McCarthy tells Rodgers to get out of bounds rather than absorbing punishment in an attempt to gain a few extra yards?

A nice gift: Woodson gave the ball from his first interception to a fan. After the second one, he handed it to assistant athletic trainer Bryan Engel. That was a nice gesture. Trainers in pro sports don't get enough credit for what they do.

Talkin' bout practice: Woodson didn't practice during the week. For many players in the NFL, that might have presented a problem. You get the feeling that Woodson isn't one of those players. Though he isn't regarded as a "tough guy" by NFL standards, Woodson did play through a shoulder problem last year.

Oops: How do you think the Raiders feel when Woodson plays as he did Sunday? They thought he was done. That explains, at least in part, why the team is in such dire straits.

The cramps: The Packers aren't usually very forthcoming when it comes to injury information. They said that safety Bigby was hampered by cramping in his hamstring. But, Bigby didn't play in the second half. The Packers will need him operating close to full strength to have a chance against Dallas on Sunday night.

On the line: The Packers offensive line didn't have a great day. There were penalties and some missed assignments, but they got through. Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton, the stalwarts, had some trouble. You wonder if the crazy training camp schedule and short week of practice affect those "older" guys more than the younger guys.

A big hit: Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk, who missed part of training camp with a chest injury, turned in a solid performance. Hawk may have been trying to atone for a miserable performance by his alma mater, Ohio State, in a showdown with USC Saturday night in Los Angeles.

Frosty: Had the Packers lost the game, punter Derrick Frost would have had trouble getting served at the Applebee's in Green Bay. The guy let a snap slip through his hands for a safety. When was the last time you saw that?

Pressure mounting: With Aaron Kampman revving at his usual high rate, the Packers generated decent pressure on Kitna for much of the game. The line is going to have to be even better against the Cowboys' mountainous front. We may have to see some more extensive blitzing in that game in order to make Tony Romo nervous.

On the shelf? Fullback Korey Hall went down with a knee injury. That's not a position of great depth on the roster.

Getting his kicks: Lions kicker Jason Hanson has made 57 of 62 kicks against Green bay in his career. He's the one player that Detroit fans like. There was talk of organizing a boycott Sunday so that the game would be blacked out on local TV, but a furniture store snapped up the last 3,000 tickets. You have to wonder how Lions president Matt Millen keeps his job.

Move him up: We may be biased because he is a friend of, but Matt Vasgersian should move up the depth chart at Fox. The guy gets better every time we hear him do a game. The good folks at Leff's Lucky Town no doubt appreciated the shout-out they recieved from the former Brewers' broadcaster in the game's final minutes.

Fresh face: Sideline reporter Charissa Thompson was a nice addition, too. Thompson is a rising star in the business that does work for FSN's "Best Damn Sports Show" as well as local work for the Colorado Rockies and sideline work for the Big Ten Network game of the week.

Marking a milestone: Packers rookie Jordy Nelson's first NFL catch went for a 29-yard touchdown. 

Exchange rate: Rodgers has fumbled a snap from backup center Jason Spitz in each of the first two games. The duo will likely get in sync right when starter Scott Wells returns.

Will of the people: Green Bay hasn't had a consistently electrifying kick returner in some time. Will Blackmon could be that guy.

Talk about redemption: Brandon Jackson dropped a key third-down pass in the red zone, forcing his team to settle for a field goal. He made up for it with a 19-yard touchdown carry and 61 yards on the day.

Up next: The Dallas Cowboys make just their third trip to Green Bay since 1991 for  a Sunday night game at Lambeau Field. Last year, Rodgers saw his first significant regular-season action subbing for in injured Brett Favre in a 37-27 loss at Texas Stadium.

Drew Olson Special to

Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.