As promised, there were fireworks aplenty at Saturday’s Family Night game.
The evening kicked off with an impressive display of dazzling pyrotechnics by Mother Nature, forcing 70,000 fans to crowd into the concourse and atrium.
I’m guessing from the seats available after kick off that many crowded the Stadium View and Kroll’s West, as well.
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After the game the fans were treated to another fireworks show, supplement the ones that were suspiciously absent on the field.
The 2017 playoffs reared their ugly head in two ways: a fumble by Aaron Ripkowski, and, more disturbingly, missed field goals by Mason Crosby.
Crosby, who nailed two 50+ yard FGs against Dallas in the divisional round, including the game-winner, is still getting accustomed to the rhythms of a new holder and long snapper, so we will hope it was an aberration.
Ripkowski is less of a concern, his primary role is to keep Aaron Rodgers upright and occasionally provide a check-down.
The defensive line showed the ruthlessness instilled by Mike Daniels; Kyle Lowry, Kenny Clark, and Brian Price look like they are ready to step up while Latroy Guion serves his season-opening suspension.
The cornerback situation is less dire than the 2017 playoffs, Davon House and Quinton Rollins appear ready for regular-season action.
Kevin King and Damarious Randall should see plenty of action throughout the preseason.
The offense was functional, if not spectacular. Aaron Rodgers looked best on his Lambeau Leap.
Brett Hundley made some excellent throws, including a TD to Richard Rodgers. Richard Rodgers showed he will make a strong case to be a second or third option at TE, mostly because of his sure-handed receptions.
Ideally, he will continue to give Lions fans horrifying reminders of how ill-fated their team is.
The Eagles game will be played on Thursday, the Packers will not face them in the regular season.
It will be interesting to see how the Packers coaches adjust from Saturday night to Thursday night. Until then, the best practice is to avoid injuries from a short week of training camp.
The Eagles mediocre-at-best secondary may lead to the second week of fireworks at Lambeau.