CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23: Cedric Benson #32 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the football against Michael Johnson #93 of the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 23, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Well, that was nice. After two preseason games that left a sour taste in everyone's mouth, the Green Bay Packers looked much better on Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals. It still wasn't perfect, but when is preseason ever perfect? Aaron Rodgers looked better, the first team defense looked better, and there were positives from the second team defense. That second team offense, though? Ugh. We'll talk more about that later. For now, here's your daily dose of Green Bay Packers news and links.
Benson looks solid in return to Cincinnati | FOX Sports Wisconsin
I'm suddenly feeling much better about our running backs.
Benson makes statement in win over Bengals | Packers.com
Another post along the same lines.
No. 2 offense continues to come up short | Green Bay Press-Gazette
This is a very kind headline.
Mike McCarthy sees improvement by Harrell | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Either he's lying or everyone who is not a member of the Packers' staff sucks at watching football.
The good, the bad, the ugly | Cheesehead TV
Sounds about right, though Benson probably deserved a spot on "the good".
Packers vs. Bengals - Game Day First Impressions, Unfiltered | Jersey Al's
Always a good post.
Replacement officials have their issues | ESPN Wisconsin
Yep. They're bad.
More from around SB Nation after the jump.
Marc Mariani Injury: Titans WR Fractures Left Tibia | SBNation.com
I hope you didn't see this live, because it was gross.
Kevin Kolb Vs. John Skelton Still An Undecided Battle | SBNation.com
Related: The Arizona Cardinals are not a good football team.
Steelers Fire Special Teams Coach Al Everest After Two Seasons | Behind The Steel Curtain
This is odd timing.
Could the Miami Dolphins trade Vontae Davis? | The Phinsider
Some top-notch rumor mongering here.
Cincinnati Bengals Drop First Preseason 27-13 To The Green Bay Packers | Cincy Jungle
The first of three recaps of games last night. One!
Titans 32 Cardinals 27 Quick Recap | Music City Miracles
Jaguars Vs. Ravens Final Score: 48-17. Ouch. | Big Cat Country