For Wisconsin sports fans, the fall is off to a great start with the Badgers football team off to a 2-0 start, the Green Bay Packers had an exciting win Sunday night over the rival Chicago Bears and the Milwaukee Brewers are in a pennant race chasing the Chicago Cubs.

For the Badgers Saturday, it was a tale of two Taylors as No. 5 Wisconsin asserted its dominance after a slow start, beating New Mexico 45-14.

Jonathan Taylor ran for 253 yards and three touchdowns. Teammate A.J. Taylor racked up 134 yards receiving and a score for the Badgers (2-0), who won their 41st straight home nonconference game. That’s the longest active streak in the FBS.

The Badgers young defense held the Lobos to 33 yards on 16 plays over the final four series of the first half and forced four punts. Bolstered by the return of defensive lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk from a left knee injury, the Badgers got more pressure in the backfield.

Wisconsin held New Mexico to 77 yards rushing. Dating back to the start of last season (16 games), the Badgers have given up 100 total rushing yards just seven times. After watching New Mexico go 4-for-4 on third-down its opening drive, the UW defense limited to just 2-for-9 on third down over the remaining 10 possessions.

Looking ahead, Wisconsin wraps up nonconference play by hosting BYU this Saturday, Sept. 15, at Camp Randall Stadium at 2:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers won in exciting fashion Sunday night. Aaron Rodgers brought the Packers all the way back from a 20-point deficit, returning from a knee injury to add to his legacy with a thrilling 24-23 come-from-behind victory over the Bears in the 2018 opener at Lambeau Field.

The Packers entered the fourth quarter down 20-3 and scored touchdowns on three straight possessions, holding off the Bears on one last desperation drive, with linebacker Nick Perry getting a fourth-down sack.

And finally, the Milwaukee Brewers are chasing the Chicago Cubs for the top spot in the National League Central Division.

With 10 victories in their last 12 games — including three of four head-to-head matchups against the division leaders — the Brewers have climbed within one game of the Cubs (following the Brewers 3-2 win over the Cubs Monday night), who have lost five of seven. The Brewers now have a 21⁄2-game lead on the Cardinals for the top National League Wild Card spot. 

A week ago, the Cubs led by five games before the Brewers took two of three in the clubs’ series at Miller Park, and manager Craig Counsell and Co. continued ticking off victories in a three-game sweep of San Francisco over the weekend. Two more wins over Chicago yet this week — in the final series for the two teams — could really make things interesting in the final couple of weeks.

For Wisconsin sports fans, it doesn’t get much better than this.