Preseason Recap: Packers Defeat Cardinals, 28-20

Although the Green Bay Packers recorded one for the win column, I don't expect Mike McCarthy is going to be thrilled with their performance against the Cardinals. Both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Flynn took some hits, which isn't going to make the coach happy with his pass protection. And it was a sloppy game with 8 penalties and 2 fumbles (1 lost).

T.J. Lang and Derek Sherrod. They both allowed hits on the quarterback while playing at left guard, and I believe Sherrod was in at left tackle when Flynn was stripped on a pass attempt. I would put Lang ahead in this competition by default, but it made me miss new Cardinals LG Daryn Colledge. It's not all the fault of either Lang or Sherrod, but the Cardinals got 4 sacks and 5 QB hits while Rodgers and Flynn were in the game.

The second string offensive line. When it was time to bring out the third string for the fourth quarter, the Packers dominated. One unit that excelled was the offensive line. They opened up a lot of running room for RB Dimitri Nance, and gave QB Graham Harrell time to throw.

The quarterbacks. When Rodgers has 126 QB rating, and he's the lowest rated of the three Packer QBs, things are going your way. Flynn was a perfect 158.3 rating on 5 of 6 passing for 141 yards and 1 touchdown.

WR Chastin West. Rodgers has been praising him this preseason, and he sure showed up in this game. He caught all 5 passes thrown his way for 134 yards, including a 97 yard strike down the sidelines from Flynn. He stayed in the game throughout the fourth quarter, and was good when Harrell was in the game too.

CB Brandian Ross. The undrafted rookie was the star of the shorted Family Night scrimmage, but he was injured last week and missed the Browns game. In his first preseason action, he was uneven and got lost on coverage on one long pass in the middle of the fourth quarter, before grabbing an INT in the end zone to end that particular scoring threat.

This is just a few thoughts off the top of my head, and there will be more to come after I re-watch the game over the weekend.

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