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Cheese Curds, 8/11: Turnovers & sloppiness mar Packers’ win in preseason opener

The Packers won on Thursday night, but it was sloppy and came with a cost.

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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you (A) watched or followed along with the Green Bay Packers’ preseason opener last night and (B) have read our game recap. If not, click here to check out our breakdown of the Packers’ 24-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, then bring it back here to take a spin through today’s Cheese Curds.

On this Friday morning, we take a look at the opinions that other media members have about the win, including takes from several of the team’s beat writers. Be warned: it’s not an entirely rosy picture. Then again, if you watched the game last night you know that already.

With every big play — thanks, Trevor Davis and DeAngelo Yancey and Jeff Janis — there was a glaring mistake by someone.

Still, it’s early, and this was just the first preseason game. Poor tackling was somewhat expected, as teams cannot wrap up in practice consistently until the pads come on, and ball security is a tough task as well in the first game of the year. Indeed, the teams combined for a total of ten fumbles (four that changed hands) and three interceptions. It will be a work in progress over the next few weeks, but one that will hopefully be solved by the time week one rolls around.

A fumble and a concussion put a damper on the Green Bay Packers' win - ESPN
That first quarter was full of sloppy plays and frustrating mistakes, including missed tackles galore and a glaring fumble by starting running back Ty Montgomery that cost the team its second possession.

Trevor Davis breaks through on punt returns |
The 68-yard return was the breakthrough play for the Packers, who had struggled through the first quarter, and is a sign that Davis is both harnessing his athletic ability and learning to follow his blockers.

Mike McCarthy on Kevin King’s debut: ‘He showed up’ | Packers Wire
King wrapped up well for the most part, but struggled at times in coverage, showing that he has a ways to go before he can be relied on to shut down opposing receivers.

Mitchell Trubisky says Mike Glennon's still the starter, but makes his own case for top spot -
Mike Glennon threw a pick-six on his first pass as a Bear, while Trubisky looked overall in decent command of the offense. It's only one game, but the debate is sure to rage in the Windy City for the next few weeks.

DeShone Kizer launches Browns to win over Saints |
Another intriguing quarterback battle will be going on in Cleveland, where second-round pick Kizer had a few impressive throws — and a handful of ugly plays that make him look like he’s not yet ready to lead an NFL offense.