Practice Game #2- Packers defeat Rams 21-7
By Brian E Murphy, PackersInsider.com senior editor
~With Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and company playing a quarter, the Packers offense looked in mid-season form as the Packers won at St Louis 21-7 Saturday afternoon.
Rodgers toyed with the Rams’ defense, completing 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards in his two series, leading the Packers to a touchdown and a field goal.
It should have been a second touchdown instead of a field goal, but a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson was negated due to a penalty. The Packers had two touchdowns called back because of hands-to-the-face penalties.
The Packers also lost an interception due to a penalty.
All in all, it was a good first game for the Packers top guys, and it doesn’t appear there were any guys lost to injury. But you never know for sure until the day after.
It’s too bad there have to be two more fake games to play before the real season gets here. There’s always a high chance of injury in this sport, and to use up any bullets in games that don’t count is such a shame.
The Packers next game is this Friday, against Oakland. It’s the first home game of the preseason for the Packers.
It also is a great chance for Packer fans to come out and welcome back two all-time greats for the Packers in Charles Woodson and James Jones.
Gametime is 7:00, and it’s a nationally televised game on CBS so Packer fans everywhere can tune in. Expect the fan reception for Woodson and Jones to be a lot different than when Brett Favre returned in 2009, and Greg Jennings last year.
Notes from the game not seen or pointed out by the broadcasters:
OLB Jayrone Elliott once again was a stud. He dominated the Rams backup LT, registering a hat trick with three sacks. Right after those, fellow rookie OLB Carl Bradford also got to the QB, flushing him out to throw the ball away on third and long.
Number three RB DuJuan Harris did what coach McCarthy hates, and that’s cough the ball up. On a nice run, Harris had the ball popped out and gave the ball back to the Rams. I love Harris and did the moment I saw him against Detroit two seasons ago. But Rajion Neal is also legit, if healthy. Harris has to make sure he doesn’t fumble again or he could lose his grip on the third spot at RB.
Julius Peppers didn’t play long enough to stuff the stat sheet. But his presence was felt. Going against top-5 pick Greg Robinson, Peppers got the better of the rookie a few times, getting to Bradford and causing a pass to go up for grabs.
Those kind of passes often lead to interceptions. In this case, the ball fell harmlessly to the ground. Next time, a Packer defender should be there for a gift interception.
The first string run defense was fantastic.
The pass coverage not as good. On a long pass to Brian Quick, Sam Shields was beaten to the inside, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix took a poor angle coming over. It was reminiscent of Mordan Burnett and MD Jennings last year. To be fair to HHCD, it was Shields who was beaten and it was a perfect throw from Sam Bradford.
The Packers backup OT situation looks very precarious. Derek Sherrod struggled, and he’s the best backup OT left since Don Barclay tore his ACL already.
Rookie Jeff Janis came out flying in his NFL debut. He fielded each punt smoothly with no miscues, and he scored a lovely touchdown on a pass from Matt Flynn.
Fellow rookie Davante Adams followed that with a two-point conversion. Adams reminds me more and more of Sterling Sharpe than James Jones. Not saying his upside is as good as Sterling, but physically, that’s who I see. I think these are locks for the #4 & #5 WR positions, barring, of course, more injuries.