Green Bay Packers 21, San Francisco 49ers 10
Rodgers: 6/9, 60 yards, 1 TD.
Randall Cobb: 3 receptions, 30 yards, 1 TD.
Eddie Lacy: 7 rushes, 45 yards with a long of 21 (making the rest average out to 4 yards a carry).
Jared Cook had a big day as well.
The defense looked good, but San Francisco should have one of the worst offenses this year.
The second unit was impressive as well. Undrafted rookie QB Joe Callahan is really making it hard for the Packers to cut him, safety Marwin Evans got his first interception, defensive end Christian Ringo got a sack again, and outside linebackers Lerentee McCray and Kyler Fackrell just destroyed San Francisco’s line in the third quarter (that’s actually the only play that I saw live). Wide receivers Geronimo Allison and Jared Abbrederis were big too, and Brandon Burks has cleared away from Brandon Ross in the running back battle of roster hopefuls.
So what can we take away from this “dress rehearsal” game? For one, Rodgers is ready to go despite not playing the first two games, so he should sit at Kansas City on Thursday. So should the rest of the big names such as Eddie Lacy, Clay Matthews, and Ha-Ha Clinton Dix. Take out the starting line except J.C. Tretter, Randall Cobb, and all the defensive players who are locked into a starting role.
Here’s what I hope the lineup will be next week:
QB Brett Hundley, RB James Starks, WRs Jared Abbrederis, Ty Montgomery, Davante Adams, TE Jared Cook, OL Jason Spriggs, Lane Taylor, Tretter, Kyle Murphy, Josh Walker.
DLs Dean Lowry, Kenny Clark, Mike Pennel, OLBs Nick Perry, Datone Jones, ILBs Blake Martinez, Jake Ryan (if healthy enough), CBs Damarious Randall, Quinten Rollins, S Micah Hyde, Chris Banjo.
Obviously, guys like Randall, Rollins, Hyde, Starks and Tretter shouldn’t play too long, but get them another series or two to make sure they have everything down. Everything from this point forward should be surviving the preseason without catastrophic injury, and letting Jacksonville know Week 1 that they “ain’t with the big boys yet” with defeating them.
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