Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Packers Face Steelers in Week Two 2018 Preseason | Ticket King Inc.

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Week one of the 2018 NFL Preseason has already come and gone. Let’s dive right in and take a look at what the Packers did. It was an impressive showing on Thursday night for the Packers. If the score is important, they defeated the Titans, 31-17. It’s not the score that was impressive, but rather how the players listened to the coaches, made adjustments on defense, and how the back up quarterbacks gave it their best shot. Keep in mind that the Packers and Steelers face off this Thursday night. 

Packers quarterbacks- Brett Hundley started the game for the Packers as has become standard protocol in Green Bay for week one of the preseason. He played decently. Hundley finished the day 9-14 for 108 yards and a touchdown. However, he also had a bad interception in the first half which negates much of what he did. Remember though, they have seen this before from Hundley, great preseason performance, so keep that in mind. To be honest, I don’t think that there is much Hundley can do to lose his roster spot. Deshone Kizer meanwhile got off to a slow start, and finished strong, going 9-18 for 134 yards. He was replaced by Tim Boyle, who had a monster finish to the game, going 7-15 for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Boyle might be pushing hard to pull the upset and be the backup quarterback this season. That is unlikely, as he’s a young “pocket passer” without much in the way of running ability. He had two deep ball passes that impressed the fans, but he’s a very raw talent.  

Packers Receivers- The rookies and veterans looked great, save for  J’Mon Moore. “MVS”, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, finished the night with 5 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Jake Kumerow, who won’t likely make the roster and is playing to make it on another team’s roster, finished with three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. His age is working against him, as well as the fact that the Packers invested a ton of money on receivers in this past draft. Equanimous St. Brown, who is pushing hard to be the fourth or possibly third receiver, finished with four catches for 61 yards. J’Mon Moore meanwhile finished with 3 catches for 27 yards. One “bad” preseason game doesn’t mean you discard a highly talented rookie receiver. Remember what people once said about Davante Adams.

So what are we looking for this upcoming Thursday night at Lambeau Field?  For starters, we have the debut of Aaron Rodgers. How will that rebuilt collarbone feel for Aaron, after healing during offseason ? Does he still have the same arm strength? Can he still be Aaron Rodgers? We will find out. Also, fans would like to see a better game out of the running backs when compared to  last week. Granted, the starting offensive line wasn’t in full form last week, but none of the running backs were very effective. It will also be time for the tight ends to take the field, which includes Jimmy Graham. This upcoming game will feature more of the starters on both sides of the ball. At the end of the day, fans want to see the starters get off the field without injury, and for the rookies to get more playing time in before it all starts for real.

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