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Cheese Curds, 8/19: Packers' secondary keeps impressing, running game appears strong

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There were performances to build on from both sides of the ball in Green Bay's win on Thursday evening.

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The Green Bay Packers earned a 20-12 win on Thursday night, and they did so with big contributions from two units that will need to be excellent this season. The team's secondary, which is chock-full of rookies and players who are just a year or two into their careers, put up a great performance against Derek Carr and the Raiders' offense. With a pair of interceptions in the game (one off Carr) and numerous big plays and pass breakups, this team appears to have talent to burn in the back of the defense.

On the other side of the ball, the running game put together a solid performance in all areas. However, it was the starters' great job on the opening drive that set the tone for the team last night, as Eddie Lacy looks like he is every bit the back he was two years ago.

Those two units will help take pressure off Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the roster, and should help to mask any deficiencies that are present in other areas. In today's Curds, we look back at last night's game to see just how they affected the final result.

Preseason victory all about progress for Packers | Packers.com
The Packers' offensive line took a great step forward in run-blocking last night, paving the way for a huge first drive for Eddie Lacy.

Young Packers secondary coming of age | Packersnews.com
The Packers' second-year and third-year defensive backs are playing beyond their experience level, while a couple of rookies - Kentrell Brice and Josh Hawkins - are making their presences felt as well.

Steady Production will Determine Bradford's Future with the Packers | Cheesehead TV
Bradford deserves some more praise for a nice second half on Thursday night as well, and it will be tough to justify cutting him if he keeps it up.

Injuries kept Lynn Dickey from Green Bay Packers' QB pantheon - ESPN
James Lofton says Dickey was the best quarterback he ever played with - better than Jim Kelly. If not for his injuries and a bad team around him, Dickey could be right there in the conversation with Starr, Favre, and Rodgers.

Eagles kicker suffers a concussion after getting hit in the head by a punt during warmups - SBNation.com
Oops. Between this situation and Tom Brady slicing his thumb with a pair of scissors, it was a strange evening for pre-game injuries.