Saturday’s game was a typical early preseason game. Unfortunately, it marked the third game of the preseason, and with the next game looming on Thursday against the Los Angeles Rams, some doubts are creeping in for the regular season.
The final score was 20-17 Denver, but should easily have been a win for the Packers. Missed opportunities piled up, as they tend to do in preseason games.
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Rodgers took the helm for the first two series, going three for five with 12 yards. Most concerning was the sack he took, the most important Packer needs a clean jersey if this team is be championship caliber.
Ty Montgomery looked sharp despite his health concerns, rushing three times for 31 yards, including a 2 yard TD. He added a three-yard reception.
Backup quarterback Brett Hundley had flashes of excellence, throwing 30 times with 20 completions; and bursting right for a rushing TD.
Hundley controlled the ball well, with only a final-possession pick and a fumble recovered by the Packers. Hundley looked good in the thin Denver atmosphere, which may lend credence to rumors that the Broncos are interested in trading for him.
The receivers looked sharp, running back Jamaal Williams proved a valuable target out of the backfield with three catches for 46 yards and no drops. Trevor Davis added three for 39 yards, with a drop, he atoned for a fumble last week with a 27-yard punt return against the Broncos.
Green Bay showed flashes of excellence from the first team defense. Big hits were provided by Mike Daniels and cornerback Damarious Randall, returning from his concussion protocol.
Kentrell Brice was solid in coverage and against the run, providing an interception of Trevor Siemian in the first half. Josh Jones added some pop with the second-team secondary, racking up six tackles.
Inconsistent tackling and coverage by the linebackers may lead to a long look at former Pro Bowler Ahmad Brooks, released by San Francisco. Linebacker Reggie Gilbert missed coverage on a 16-yard touchdown run by Denver’s C.J. Anderson, but did compensate somewhat with a sack.
Justin Vogel looked good on his four punts, all with a hang time over 4.7 seconds, one with well over five seconds of hang time. Mason Crosby returned to the state of his college days with a 52-yard field goal, one miss from 61 yards, and two-for-two on extra points.
Mental mistakes and errors compounded in this game. McCarthy has a lot to iron out with Seattle looming in the opener and a short week of practice before Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.