Green Bay Packers shut out St. Louis Rams in first half, 9-0
- Updated: August 17, 2013
The Green Bay Packers (0-1) shut out the St. Louis Rams in the first half and took a 6-0 lead into halftime.
Starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was his usual efficient self, completing 10 of 12 passing attempts for 134 yards on three drives. The first drive ended in a 34-yard field goal by kicker Mason Crosby, while the second drive stalled when rookie Giorgio Tavecchio missed wide left on a 48-yard field goal attempt. On the third drive, the offense drove down to the Rams’ 21-yard line, but a third-down conversion attempt failed when Rodgers was sacked for a loss of nine yards. Green Bay settled for another Crosby field goal.
Backup quarterback Graham Harrell got off to a rocky start in relief, but after he got settled, his accuracy and velocity were impressive. He finished five of 10 for 44 yards and added 11 rushing yards on two scampers.
Although the defense gave up one big plays — a 57-yard catch to wide receiver Chris Givens — they held on the goal line and kept the Rams offense out of the end zone. They were particularly stout on third down, preventing the Rams from converting any of their six third-down attempts. Special-teams coverage was also solid, largely nullifying the return threat of Tayvon Austin.
Rookie running back Eddie Lacy was the bright spot of the first half. Refusing to give up on any play, he kept his legs churning until the whistle blew. He finished with 40 yards on eight attempts for an excellent 5.0 yards per rushing attempt, including a long run of 15 yards. He also contributed in the flat, catching an Aaron Rodgers pass for 11 yards.
Giorgio Tavecchio’s missed field goal increased the odds that Mason Crosby will win the kicking job, which after Crosby’s disastrous 2012 campaign is not a prospect that fills fans with optimism.
The second and third strings will be playing the rest of the way. Quarterback Vince Young will likely take the majority of the snaps in the second half as he works to prove he has something to contribute to this team. Although the offensive line opened holes for Eddie Lacy in the first half, but they weren’t particularly good at blocking the pass rush. They need to demonstrate that they can protect the quarterback against the St. Louis backups.
Remember the Green Bay @San Diego game in 2011 where Philip Rivers got into a shootout with himself?
i'm liking Micah Hyde as well, he could be a young Woodson type player, physical against the run, can blitz, decent in coverage.
Here is a link for our resident anthropologist.
@jmac3444 Better than decent.
How was the game? I didnt see it.
@falconsfan0125 I had Beef Jerky
@falconsfan0125 I just ate 3 microwavable Chimichangas for dinner.
@Why Not Zoidberg? The name Stoneburner always makes me think of Children of Dune.
@Preparation_A I'd like to see him become a folk singer.
@Preparation_A It is pronounced Mike Uh
@Preparation_A why aren't you watching the GB feed with Harlen and Gannon?
@Preparation_A Why not?
@Why Not Zoidberg? gotta see how deep your safeties can play
@Why Not Zoidberg? i am a fan of holts ability to correctly predict the officials calls as opposed to all the announcers that play dumb- but did you hear the shit koser said?
@Preparation_A By the way, that one picture was Anna Welker, not Mrs. Ryan.
@Nonstopdrivel "now tell my mama I belong in that slow class"
The Packers better hope!
@natradamus It is pretty easy to be a good kisser. What I do is just mirror what the girl gives (on the presumption that people subconsciously tend to give what they want to receive, although sometimes it's simply a matter of not knowing any better). If I don't like what she's giving, I gradually move toward what I like. But if I try to impose what I like from the very beginning, she'll find it jarring and not consider me a good kisser.
Not to mention individual variation. I knew a girl years ago who thought every kiss had to have tongue. I found that to be a turnoff. I tend to use tongue somewhat sparingly. There are times I want lots of it, most of the time I don't. I've also noticed that tongue as part of foreplay can be arousing, but it feels kind of revolting after getting off.
Yep. There are plenty of cultures in which even husbands and wives (supposedly -- who knows what happens behind closed doors) don't kiss on the lips, much less use tongue.
@Preparation_A It irks me that they call college students in their sexual prime anyway. In my experience, plenty of girls at that age are still a) relatively inexperienced and b) LOUSY in bed.