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Green Bay Packers box up St. Louis Rams, 19-7

In the battle of the trenches, the Green Bay Packers prevailed over the St. Louis Rams in their Week 2 preseason contest.

In the battle of the trenches, the Green Bay Packers prevailed over the St. Louis Rams in their Week 2 preseason contest.

Recap

The Green Bay Packers dominated the St. Louis Rams, holding them scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. With 1:09 remaining on the game clock, backup quarterback Austin Davis exploited a spectacularly blown coverage to connect with a wide-open Nick Johnson in the end zone for the touchdown.

Head coach Jeff Fisher tried to follow up the score with an onside kick, but Green Bay tight end Jake Stoneburner foiled the attempt, recovering the kick at the St. Louis 44-yard line to seal the victory.

For the Packers, the half was a study in contrasts.

Quarterback Vince Young did little to help his case. He was largely ineffective in three series, completing five of nine passes for just 26 yards. Most of his passes were off target as he lobbed balls downfield, although he did make one nice throw that wide receiver Myles White failed to complete in the end zone. In Young’s defense, his efforts were hampered by center Greg Van Roten’s seeming inability to snap the ball effectively.

After an erratic start, second-year quarterback B.J. Coleman looked confident and assured in the pocket, delivering his passes with accuracy and good velocity. His best play came on second-and-nine from the St. Louis nine-yard line. Flushed out of the pocket and scrambling to the right, he connected with Stoneburner, who made a fantastic play to get both feet down in the end zone.

Game ball

Defensive tackle Johnny Jolly foiled the first offensive drive of the half for the Rams when he tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage to set up an interception by cornerback Jarrett Bush. Just a few plays later, he intercepted Kellen Clemons in the end zone, preventing St. Louis from exploiting a muffed punt.

Honorable mention goes to cornerback Micah Hyde, who seemed to be everywhere on the field, finishing with five tackles and one sack.

Goat: offense

Running back James Starks may have secured his pink slip today on an odd play in which he was battling for extra yardage and failed to protect the ball. Fortunately for Starks, no harm came of the play, as officials ruled that safety Rashard Hall was out of bounds when he retrieved the fumble.

Goat: defense

Safety Chaz Powell was caught flat footed and out of position on the touchdown pass to Nick Johnson, blowing the shutout in the waning moments of the game.

Goat: special teams

Cornerback Brandon Smith failed to get out of the way of a fair catch and was charged with a muffed punt, which the Rams recovered at the Green Bay 10-yard line.

What’s next

The Packers host the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on Friday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. CT. The starters could play up to three quarters in this game, so the backups on the bubble won’t have many opportunities to stand out. Ball security for the running backs, accuracy for the quarterbacks, and situational awareness for the special-teams players will all be key in the next two weeks. Roster spots — and possibly careers — are on the line.

1935 comments
JVince 11
JVince 11

LKP...


How has Slay played so far?? I know you had high hopes for him as their 2CB across Houston.. I know he is blazing fast... does he have the learning curve yet?

LKP
LKP

@JVince 11 He has played well. Promoted to 1st team for this week.

JVince 11
JVince 11

@jwoude23 Bear Down Rashean Mathis.. I"ll be interested to see what he has left in his gas tank... wasn't he hurt his last few years with Jax?  he was a beast about 5 years ago.

LKP
LKP

@JVince 11 @jwoude23 Bear Down They may play him at safety. Don Carey has been sucking when but did well the last 5 last year. I hate when players show a flash in a pan then when counted on more suck. Still preseason but Carey/Bentley need to get it together.

Cheeky Bastard
Cheeky Bastard

If I were near ESPN's headquarters, I would take a day off work just to protest ESPN. 

My sign would say "ESPN: The TMZ of sports"

Or something like that..

andylet445
andylet445

@ethan_fitz01 OR..... stop watching their station and going to their website and telling others on the interweb to do the same.