Packers Offense Sharp, Defense Sufficient In Cardinals Win
After a three-and-out on their first possession the Green Bay Packers first-team offense found their rhythm thanks to a no-huddle attack in a 28-20 preseason win against the Arizona Cardinals.
Aaron Rodgers was an efficient 9-of-12 for 97 yards in three series and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings. The Packers other two quarterbacks were just as sharp.
Matt Flynn was 5-of-6 for 141 yards and threw a 97-yard touchdown to Chastin West, who’s making a strong case for a roster spot. Third-string quarterback Graham Harrell was 7-of-9 for 81 yards and a touchdown.
The Packers receivers were equally as good.
Donald Driver doesn’t appear ready to give up his starting job. The old man hauled in three balls for 40 yards.
In his first game since last season, tight end Jermichael Finley caught four passes for 33 yards. West led the team with five catches and 134 yards.
Rookie running back Alex Green showed some flash as well, turning a screen pass into a 25-yard gain. He’d score on a two-yard run to cap the drive.
The Packers first-team defense wasn’t quite as impressive. They gave up six points in three series.
While the points didn’t really hurt the team, they still allowed two scoring drives in three possessions.
It should be pointed out the Packers played without linebacker Clay Matthews, who sat out with his yearly hamstring tweak. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers didn’t exactly unleash hell on the Cardinals either.
So what do we know after the second preseason contest?
The Packers offense should be even more potent than it was last year if everyone stays healthy. The no-huddle adds a wrinkle that could consistently keep opposing defenses on their heels.
The return game should be improved with rookie Randall Cobb, who averaged 27 yards per kickoff return.
Most importantly, we know the regular season can’t get here fast enough.
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