For their second preseason game, the Green Bay Packers were in St. Louis to take on the Rams under the dome. Aaron Rodgers played in two series with the offense, and looked like, well ... Aaron Rodgers. The Packers won on the road by the final score of 21-7. Here's what happened:
The first-team offensive unit surgically tore the Rams' defensive team apart on the first drive of the game. The Packers went full no-huddle after they started from their own 14 and pancaked St. Louis' unit 86-yards down the field for the touchdown. Aaron Rodgers went a flawless 6-for-6 and threw for 47 yards and a touchdown that went three yards to Randall Cobb. Eddie "Moss" Lacy hauled in two passes on the drive and accumulated 22 yards receiving (including an 18-yard catch-and-run). Lacy also added 25 yards on the ground off five attempts.
Sam Bradford played his first game action since tear his ACL in Carolina last year against the Panthers and threw the ball well. The Rams were forced to punt on their first drive, but Bradford found ways to move the ball despite some plays moving his team back due to penalties. The Rams went for it on 4th-and-3 and Bradford found Jared Cook underneath for 5 yards and a new set of downs. Two back-to-back penalties set up a tough 1st-and-25 that eventually led to a punt. Micah Hyde was the first player to field them.
The second drive for Rodgers was virtually the same. Through a clean pocket, Rodgers found Cobb early once again on a crossing route for 22, and then bought time in the pocket to hit a wide open Andrew Quarless down field to put the Packers on the 12. On 3rd-and-8 Rodgers found Nelson for a touchdown, but it was wiped away after an illegal hands to the face call on David Bakhtiari. Rodgers connected with Quarless again for 7 yards right after, but it wasn't enough as Green Bay settled for a field goal. The Packers were up 10-0 at this point.
St. Louis answered right back, though. Bradford answered with an 8-play, 76-yard touchdown drive after finding his tight end Lance Kendricks in the end zone for 11 yards. Bradford's day was done, as he finished the game 9-of-12 for 101 yards and that touchdown to Kendricks.
Derek Sherrod saw his first action during the second quarter and was smoked by Eugene Sims on the very first snap. Aaron Adams also got beat a few times as the backup tackles and second-team offensive line did not help Scott Tolzien very much. Adams and Sherrod made it very difficult for Tolzien to succeed during the first half.
Note: Brandon Bostick checked out of the game early and the Packers later announced it was due to a lower leg injury. He did not return for the game.
The Packers led 10-7 going into the half.
Tolzien got another shot in the second half, but his first drive was cut short after a fumble from DuJuan Harris that gave St. Louis the ball at the 41. Garrett Gilbert took over for the Rams in relief of Shaun Hill, and his first drive ended after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix registered his first sack on a safety blitz to force a punt.
His second drive was much better with help from running back Michael Hill. Hill saw an increase in his reps with Rajion Neal being ruled out, and took a screen pass 27 yards down the field that nearly broke for a touchdown. With Tolzien in a groove (he completed eight straight at one point), he found Myles White in the end zone for a touchdown but that was wiped out because of illegal hands to the face from Corey Linsley. On the next play, Green Bay was knocked back once again due to a penalty ... this time due because of a false start from Derek Sherrod. Davante Adams and Tolzien hooked up for 15 yards to set up a fourth and goal from the 5. And then (you guessed it), another penalty ... as Quarless pushed off and was called for pass interference that forced a turnover on downs. Another missed opportunity in the red zone as the Packers left the drive empty handed.
The stalled drive was the last bit of action for Tolzien who finished the game 10-of-15 and passed for 107 yards.
Flynn led the Packers on their first touchdown drive since Rodgers' pass to Cobb. Just after a short 8-yard scat from Michael Hill, Flynn found Janis across underneath as he flew 34-yards for the touchdown. The Packers went for the 2-point conversion and were successful after Adams hauled in a quick slant. At the start of the fourth quarter, Green Bay led 18-8. Here's Janis' score:
On the second drive for Flynn, he nearly led the Packers to another score if Corey Linsley never committed a hold. The offense was moved back from the 11 to the 21, and then after an incompletion to Garrard Sheppard, was pushed back even further after Flynn was sacked by Michael Sam for 10 yards. Crosby nailed another field goal to make the score 21-7 Packers.
Rookies Jayrone Elliot and Adrian Hubbard made notable plays during the fourth quarter. Elliott on one drive alone recorded three sacks (including one as a forced fumble). Hubbard later joined the party and registered a sack of his own. Chase Rettig came into the game late at the two-minute mark but couldn't really make a showing, but the final score stood up at 21-7.
That's all from St. Louis. Make sure you stay with us here on APC as we will have more information and reaction from the game up shortly.