RAIDERS 12 PACKERS 20
The Oakland Raiders first team defense got pushed around by the Green Packers on the opening series at Lambeau Field. With Aaron Rodgers sitting out the game, the Packers, led by second year QB Brett Hundley, drove methodically down the field. At one point, RB Eddie Lacy ran the ball five consecutive times, gaining 39 yards. He would ultimately leap in from one yard out, culminating a 14 play – 80 yard drive with a touchdown.
Oakland’s first team didn’t fare much better against the Pack’s first team defense. While the running game was nonexistent, Derek Carr was able to hook up with WR Amari Cooper for 20 yards. That one play was virtually their entire offense on their opening drive as they settled for a 46 yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.
The Packers’ starting backs were done for the night after the opening series and their first string offensive line played only the first quarter. The Raiders, with few exceptions, had their starters in the entire first half. Nonetheless, neither the Raiders offense nor defense played very well. They had moments such as Khalil Mack ripping around the right corner to sack third stringer Joe Callahan but overall it was a poor outing for a team looking to turn the corner. For those checking, QB Derek Carr completed 9 of 13 passes for 38 yards and an interception.
The score at halftime (7-3) didn’t fully reflect how deeply the Packers outplayed the Raiders. And it didn’t get much better in the third quarter. With the backups in, Green Bay extended their lead to 17-3. QB Matt McGloin played two series, going a paltry 2 of 5 for 2 yards.
QB Connor Cook stepped in with two minutes left in the third and led the Oakland Raiders to the Packers’ 10 and a field goal by Giorgio Tavecchio. Cook helped himself big time on third and eight from the Green Bay 46. Under pressure, he alluded the rush, scrambled to his left and found WR Seth Roberts for 33 yards. Of course, it was Seth Roberts, a legitimate #3 Wide Receiver, beating a group of third and fourth stringers.
The Green Bay Packers have an average run defense yet the Raiders could put nothing together on the ground. Derek Carr was remarkably average, and that’s being nice. His interception was a poorly thrown jump ball down the middle of the field. Cooper appeared to make little effort at the ball but in fairness, he may have been disoriented by the ball’s off target trajectory. Rookie Connor Cook completed 6 of 9 passes for 101 yards plus a pick.
The defense got pushed around for much of the game, though the backups, led by Rookie OLB Shilique Calhoun, dominated parts of the fourth quarter. After the way the first stringers played last week against Arizona and now this week against Green Bay, it has a lot of people breathing deep and reminding themselves it’s only preseason.
The highlight of the game was S Brynden Trawick stretching his body to block a punt with 3:04 left in the game. The punt was recovered by Nate Allen for a touchdown, making it a one possession game (20-12). Unfortunately Green Bay picked up a first down on three straight running plays, enabling them to take a knee and end the Raiders hope for a comeback.