The Rams faced the Packers on Thursday night in their fourth and final preseason game. Both teams did not play most of their key starters, including their franchise quarterbacks. This meant that Sean Mannion and Brett Hundley got the start under center for their respective squads. Even Mannion did not get significant reps, signal calling duties were quickly handed over to third string quarterback Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky, who was out of the league entirely last year, did not play well. It was likely his last appearance in a Rams uniform.
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Running back Justin Davis got the bulk of the carries for the Rams. He rushed 17 times for just 55 yards. Not a particularly good night for Davis, who has had an up and down preseason. However, this is in large part because the Rams back up offensive line is nothing to write home about. Davis still may have shown enough to land himself a roster spot come cuts on Saturday.
The Packers got out to a 14-0 lead. This was primarily due to Rams turnovers, two Orlovsky interceptions. In the NFL turnovers are crucial turning points and the Packers capitalized well. Arguably the most prolific touchdown of the night was Hundley’s rushing touchdown. He was racing towards the goal line and dropped his shoulder to secure the score. Undoubtedly a big play, and one rarely seen from a quarterback. This is especially rare in the preseason. Hundley later noted that he had given the play a second thought. Nonetheless, touchdowns are hard to come by in the NFL, get them while you can.
The Packers went on to score another touchdown in the fourth quarter, joined by a field goal in the third. The Rams had a field goal in the second quarter and recorder their only touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. Rookie tight end Johnny Mundt caught a pass for the score, but it was not enough for the win.
The Rams fell 24-10. They finish the preseason 2-2. Their next matchup is with the Colts next Sunday, the first game of the regular season.