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Packers take 7-3 lead into halftime

Scoreless second quarter featured tough defense on both sides


GREEN BAY – A scoreless second quarter sent the Packers into the locker room with a 7-3 lead at halftime of Thursday night's preseason game against the Raiders at Lambeau Field.

The Packers got the ball back early in the second quarter after the defense forced a three-and-out. S Chris Banjo broke up a pass over the middle and LB Jayrone Elliott snuffed out a screen pass on third-and-long.

Green Bay passed on a potential field goal after a 24-yard run by RB James Starks and a 31-yard pass from Hundley to WR Davante Adams got the offense across midfield. Hundley limped off, appearing to re-injure his bad ankle, and QB Joe Callahan took over. But on fourth-and-1 from the Oakland 25, Callahan didn't see an open man along the sideline soon enough and the Packers turned it over on downs.

The Packers got it right back, after CB Damarious Randall picked off a deep ball from QB Derek Carr intended for WR Amari Cooper. But Green Bay did nothing with the turnover, and P Tim Masthay boomed a high, 51-yard punt to put the Raiders back on their own 17.

A holding penalty on the Raiders helped stall their next drive, and Callahan took over on his own 35 with 2:38 left in the half. All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack wrecked things quickly, though, by getting a sack and forcing an intentional grounding penalty, leaving rookie P Peter Mortell to punt from deep in Green Bay territory.

Mortell came though, booming a 58-yarder to get the Packers out of a hole, and the defense got a three-and-out.

Callahan got one more shot in the half, beginning from his own 31-yard line after the Raiders were flagged for interfering with WR Jared Abbrederis' fair catch on the punt. The Raiders' defense forced another three-and-out, though, and that wrapped up the half.

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