GREEN BAY—The no-huddle offense is meant to stress the defense, but it’s a lot of work for the guys with the ball, too.
It’s not easy running a play every 26 ½ seconds on average over the course of two long drives, which is what the Packers did to open the preseason game in St. Louis last week. Those back-to-back, 12-play possessions by the No. 1 offense ended with a touchdown and field goal.
“If we don’t score, it’s really annoying,” left tackle
That’s what the Packers will be after on Friday night in preseason game No. 3, against Oakland at Lambeau Field. Work fast, move the chains and finish.
In last week’s two drives, Rodgers got the ball to six different skill-position players – seven if you count receiver
“Just continuing what we started last week with our tempo, continuing to move the ball like we have, and just really pressing the defense,” receiver
The return game will get attention as well, perhaps with rookie receiver
He also took a few reps in practice this week on kickoff return, a job for which running back
Cobb said Janis has asked him questions about the return game, and the veteran has passed along pointers to a young player who might be able to make an impact there as a rookie, much like Cobb did.
“He could. That will be the coaches’ decision to make. That’ll be their call,” Cobb said. “I do see that he has that ability. He catches the ball well and has great speed. It’ll be great to see what happens with that.”
On defense, the primary curiosity lies with stopping the run, which the Packers have done well through two games, particularly last week. Rams top back Zac Stacy was held to just six yards on six carries, getting tackled in the backfield multiple times.
The Raiders should provide a better assessment, bringing two proven producers at running back in Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden.
“This is the test. This is the test we’ve talked about in meetings,” outside linebacker