SAN DIEGO—A team that roared to a 15-1 record last season on the strength of its offense, struggled on that side of the ball in a 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on Thursday, in what was the preseason opener for both teams.
“We have a lot of work to do. That’s evident,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said following the game. “I feel like you normally do after your first preseason game. The way we handled the football to start the game, I’m not happy about that. We need to spend some time on handling the football.”
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A quarterback coming off a record-setting season threw for only 16 yards against the Chargers. The Packers were truly off last year’s script.
“Preseason, stuff happens. You don’t play as well as you want, but it’s the preseason,” Rodgers said. “Whether you play well or struggle, it’s the preseason. We’ll get a tongue lashing and come back next week.
“We’ll be fine,” Rodgers said.
“I love it,” Harrell said of the two-minute drill. “Get the ball and let’s roll.”
Harrell is attempting to secure the backup job in this preseason. He led a 68-yard touchdown drive in the third quarter that would’ve given the Packers a one-point lead, had rookie wide receiver
“Hopefully, next week we’ll start faster,” Harrell said, referring to the Packers’ preseason home opener against the Cleveland Browns.
“It’s great for me,” he added of his nearly three quarters of playing time against the Chargers. “I can only get better from it. That’s the first time I’ve ever had that much game action and you can’t replace action you get in a game.”
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“I’m pretty confident in my training. You practice hard, the games become a little easier. I think I did a good job out there,” said Perry, who was also credited with three tackles and a quarterback hurry.
The Packers were a much better tackling defense Thursday night. Missed tackles were a major issue last season.
“It felt good out there,” safety
The Packers’ main concern is the status of linebacker
“We left a lot of people at home. Injuries were an issue for us coming into this game. Bishop’s didn’t look very good,” McCarthy said.Related links