Packers Offense Sharp, Defense Sufficient In Cardinals Win

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Greg Jennings

Greg Jennings celebrates his second quarter touchdown.

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.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

6 Comments on "Packers Offense Sharp, Defense Sufficient In Cardinals Win"

  1. manoj

    I can’t look at the o-line/ d-line and disagree with the statement against a 1st year starter with new players in Kolb. GB has a lot to fix to be a serious threat.

  2. Joe

    I dont know about you but I was a little disappointed in sherrod. this is the 2nd week he has been beat giving up some big sacks and the last thing i want to see is another rodgers concussion. i know he is a rookie and hasn’t had alot of practice time, but i hope he can improve before the regular season

  3. Chris K

    DJ Williams apparentely is swimming now…..

    I think that LG spot will improve vs. the run but stay the same vs. pass with occasional hickups like Colledge provided us..

    I am SOOOO happy Pat Lee is being phased out. Gordy’s time to develop & stick Ross on P.S.

    Gonna have a terrific P.S. if they dont all get snatched up.

    I think the Pack will swing atleast 1 trade with a team that would be interested in WR-Chastin West instead of chancing it by lowest order of waiver wire…. Thinking 6th or 7th there.

    I think the Pack absolutely must draft a big body on the D-Line next year with Pick getting up there and who knows what happens with “Ribs” Howard Green going into FA… Plus he’s old. Jarius Wynn is a fill-in and you can clearly see his potential is low. CJ Wilson has the chance to keep improving as he has more tools to work with. Need someone there in first / second round.

    Thinking 12-4 this season.

  4. Randy R

    Monty…The 1st posession wasn’t 3 n out, 4 plays and a punt, 2nd series was a 7 n out…3rd series was no huddle..if you need some accurate articles…let me know.

  5. Xavier

    Where does West fit in? I cant see us having 6 WRs on the roster but if we put him on the practice squad he’ll get picked up straight away. Hard choice for TT and MM

  6. ay hombre

    He doesn’t. Unknowns have big preseason games all the time. Hell, James Jones even caught that exact same pass versus the Pats last year. Just because West had a huge game doesn’t really mean anything.

    If we can get something for him….more power to the Pack. We’re just too deep.

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