(WFRV-TV) - A week after being shut out in the preseason opener, the Green Bay Packers showed improvement in going on the road and defeating the Rams 19-7 Saturday night.
Aaron Rodgers was 10/12 for 134 yards, but the starters on offense were unable to score a touchdown for the second straight week, instead coming away with a pair of field goals.
“It was frustrating missing on those third-and-ones, but there were a lot of positives,” Rodgers said at halftime. “Jermichael (Finley) carried over what he has been doing in practice. He’s big and athletic and he’s playing very fast right now. He’s going to be a big weapon for us. Jarrett (Boykin) stepped up and made a nice catch. We’ve just got to finish off those drives off with touchdowns.”
Finley finished as the Packers leading receiver with WR’s Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson both out with injuries. The Packers tight end tallied 78 yards on 4 catches.
“That just comes with talking off the field, just getting things right,” Finley said of being on the same page with Rodgers. “We talk a lot and we’ve just got that chemistry going. I feel like we have got it but there are always things to work on and always things to improve on.”
Second round pick Eddie Lacy made an impact running the ball with the #1’s. The rookie out of Alabama ran it eight times for 40 yards, and also caught one pass for 11 yards. Lacy showed off his signature spin move and power on a 15 yard run early in the game. With DuJuan Harris sitting out a second straight game, Lacy is starting to make an impression.
“It’s great to have Eddie back healthy,” said Head Coach Mike McCarthy. “You know that’s number one. He felt good out there and did some good things. So obviously we wanted to look at the run game tonight. I feel good about the way it was blocked and we’ll take a look at the video.”
On defense the Packers shut out St. Louis until the Rams scored on a 26-yard pass with just over a minute left in the game.
Packers DE Johnny Jolly continues to make a case for a roster spot. Jolly, who last played in 2009 due to a suspension and arrest for drug related issues, tipped a pass which led to an interception by Jarrett Bush after halftime. Then he made an interception near the goal line after dropping back into coverage later in the 3rd quarter.
The lone touchdown of the night came when B.J. Coleman connected with TE Jake Stoneburner, who made a nice leaping catch in the front corner of the end zone and managed to touch the ball to the pylon for the score in the 4th quarter. Graham Harrell took over for Rodgers and went 5/10 for 44 yards. Vince Young played the entire 3rd quarter going 5/9 for 26 yards. Coleman finished 8/13 for 86 yards and the TD in the 4th quarter.
Mason Crosby was 3-3 on field goals and made his lone extra point attempt. Crosby connected on FG’s of 34, 48, and 30 yards long. Giorgio Tavecchio was 1-2 on field goals, missing a 49-yarder and knocking home a kick from 38 yards.