Wednesday, August 14, 2013

What To Watch: Packers at Rams on Saturday Night

I'm not sure if I'll be posting again over the next couple of days, so I thought now's the time to look ahead to the Green Bay Packers next preseason game in St. Louis.

Anything from the backup offense. The Packers were the only team shut out in their first preseason game, and they didn't even attempt a field goal despite five drives that ended in Cardinals' territory. They'd probably get some points if QB Graham Harrell could avoid turnovers and he just keeps targeting WR Tyrone Walker. QB Aaron Rodgers should play the entire first quarter, so he should get at least one score, but the first team offense won't look like itself if both WR Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson miss the game. As a bonus: it would be nice to see one of the various running backs emerge.

On the defense, CBs Tramon Williams and Casey Hayward are still likely to be sidelined, so it'll give CBs Davon House and Micah Hyde another chance. I don't know expect much from the Rams' passing attack, their backup QB and receivers made Bernie Koser go a bit insane last week, so another poor game from House and Hyde might be a sign of some trouble if Williams and Hayward remain unavailable. The pass rush was a bit lacking against the Cardinals but all I'd like to see is some of the backup lineman or linebackers make a couple of great one-on-one plays to force a sack.

The game will be televised in Wisconsin, but otherwise it'll be replayed on NFL Network at 4pm (EST) on Sunday afternoon.

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