The first half of Packers vs. Rams showcased a dominant Green Bay offense and defense.
In his first two drives of the preseason, Aaron Rodgers looked as locked in as a quarterback can, completing 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. A second touchdown pass was wiped out by an illegal hands to the face penalty on left tackle David Bakhtiari. Still, it was an impressive showing for the Packers' franchise quarterback.
And outside of Bakhtiari's penalty, the Packers' starting offensive line looked formidable for the second straight week. The group gave Rodgers plenty of long, clean pockets to work from while opening up holes for running back Eddie Lacy. While the preseason can sometimes deceive, the offensive line's dominance over the Rams touted defensive front four suggests a good season ahead if injuries don't intervene.
Defensively, Julius Peppers stood out after a quiet Packers debut a week earlier. He penetrated the backfield regularly, landing a hit on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers rushed Peppers from both the right and left sides while also utilizing him at linebacker and elephant end.
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