NFL Preseason Week 3 Results: Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy On Point Against Oakland

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 | 0


Tonight (August 22, 2104) the Oakland Raiders traveled into Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 of the 2014 NFL preseason. The third preseason game is traditionally the one that sees the most action from each team’s starters, making it the most pivotal time in terms of exhibitions.

With Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers returning from a broken collarbone that cost him much of 2013, all eyes are on him and his diverse stable of weapons as the high-flying Green Bay offense begins their assault on the NFC North.

And despite some early roadblocks against Oakland, they didn’t disappoint tonight.

Green Bay got the ball to start the game, and after two runs by running back Eddie Lacy, Rodgers hit rookie tight end Richard Rodgers with a picture-perfect 32-yard pass on 3rd & 2. Lacy chugged along for two more solid runs, pushing the Packers offense immediately inside the five-yard line. Two more carries by the bruising Lacy ended with the second-year man plunging across the goal line just over three minutes into the contest.

Rodgers hit star wideout Jordy Nelson with a two-point conversion to end the scoring drive up 8-0.

The Raiders got a quick score of their own when running back Maurice Jones Drew burst through the line for a long touchdown run. Rodgers then took over for his second drive of the first quarter, immediately hitting Rodgers for a nine-yard gain on first down. Running back James Starks came in for the Pack, earning a first down run.

After Rodgers missed a long bomb attempt to Nelson, he found himself in hot water at 3rd & 10, but somehow he got a shovel pass off to Starks for nine yards. Green Bay went for it on fourth down, but a holding penalty forced them to punt.

After some big plays by the Packer defense, Rodgers took the field for a third time. He was sacked and threw an incomplete pass, leading to another punt, forcing Oakland to do the same on their subsequent drive.

Green Bay took over deep in their own territory yet again, and again was forced to punt in the back-and-forth first quarter. New running back Dajuan Harris came into the game after Oakland was unsuccessful on offense.

He went to work with a solid reception down to the Oakland 19. Nelson caught a six-yard pass on first down, and Rodgers missed Rodgers on second. A touchdown dropped off of Nelson’s hands on third, forcing the Packers to go for it on fourth again.

This time it worked, as Nelson broke away for a big touchdown to the delight of the Lambeau fans.

One more Oakland punt saw Harris get some more carries, looking effective with his chances for the most part. Harris was also sharp in the passing game. Rodgers threw a lob to the returning Starks to set the Packers up on the Oakland seven. He missed Randall Cobb in the end zone, and couldn’t find Jarrett Boykin on a fade route after an Oakland penalty.

Starks was stuffed in the backfield, but it suddenly didn’t matter. Rodgers hit Quarless with a strike in the end zone for his second touchdown throw, and The Packers got their second two-point conversion when Starks barreled it in to go up 22-7.

When Green Bay got the ball back, Matt Flynn came in for Rodgers, thus signaling the end of an excellent effort for the Super Bowl champion. He will most likely sit out of Green Bay’s fourth and final preseason game, meaning his next action will be the 2014 season opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in Seattle on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

From the look of things tonight, Rodgers is more than ready to challenge for the title of NFL’s best quarterback.

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