ST. LOUIS—It was everything the Packers could’ve wanted.
“We scored and we stayed healthy. That’s a perfect preseason game,” Packers quarterback
It was perfect because Rodgers and the No. 1 offense were the closest thing to perfect. In two possessions, they drove the ball 86 and 80 yards to take a 10-0 lead. It would’ve been 14-0 had tackle
“We got the tempo up. The efficiency was pretty good,” Rodgers said of the two drives, both of which were executed in no-huddle mode.
Everybody was on their game.
“It’s way over the top,” Rodgers said of an avalanche of defensive holding, pass interference and hands-to-the-face penalties, all part of the NFL’s new major point of emphasis for officials. “The game is too choppy if they’re going to call it like that. We had two touchdowns taken off the board. I don’t know how they can ref like that. It makes you always look back to see if there’s a penalty.”
“Scott had some tough situations. His decision making was good. We had some pressures that really hurt us. I thought Scott improved today,” Coach Mike McCarthy said.
Flynn replaced Tolzien late in the third quarter and quickly completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver
“They played very vanilla,” Rodgers said of the Rams, making sure to keep the win in the proper perspective. “They didn’t have (Michael) Brockers playing, didn’t have (James) Laurinaitis playing. It’s preseason.”
Rodgers’ stat line is 11 of 13 for 128 yards, one touchdown and a 133.3 passer rating.
Rodgers was in his first action of the preseason.
The Packers defense held the Rams to 216 total net yards, despite 32:40 of possession time.
“We wanted to improve today. I thought we hit that target. You have to make big plays to win in the NFL, and we won the game. Winning is great,” McCarthy said.
The only negative news to take from the game is a lower leg injury tight end
“We’re growing. We improved today,” McCarthy said.
At 1-1, the Packers will host the Raiders in game three of the preseason next Friday.Additional gameday coverage -