Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked sharp in his two offensive series, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 21-7 NFL exhibition victory over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
Rodgers completed 11 of 13 passes for 128 yards and bought time until Randall Cobb got open in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown pass on the Packers’ first drive. He had another 10-yard scoring toss to Jordy Nelson called back due to a penalty.
The Packers (1-1), helped by second-year running back Eddie Lacy’s 47 total yards, covered 86 yards in 12 plays on their opening drive.
“The offense got off to a great start,” coach Mike McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I really liked the production that we were able to get done in the first two series.”
The second-team offense put together an impressive 13-play, 81-yard drive in the second half that featured receptions by youngsters Michael Hill and Davante Adams. But with a first-and-goal from the 5, the Packers failed to convert on fourth down.
Green Bay’s other points came on 31- and 49-yard field goals by Mason Crosby and backup Matt Flynn’s 34-yard scoring pass late in the third quarter to seventh-round draft pick Jeff Janis out of NCAA Division II Saginaw Valley State. Flynn was 2-for-3 for 33 yards in limited action, while former University of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien was 10-for-15 for 107 yards.
Andrew Quarless’ four receptions for 58 yards led the Packers’ receiving corps.
Green Bay’s defense was impressive, holding the Rams (0-2) to 216 total yards. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, making his first return from an anterior cruciate ligament tear last year, completed 9 of 11 passes for 101 yards and an 11-yard pass to Lance Kendricks for St. Louis’ only touchdown.
Green Bay hosts its first preseason game Friday against Oakland.
- Rams backup running back Isaiah Pead likely will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, which buckled at the end of a 33-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. He was helped off the field and carted away for tests.
- Packers tight end Brandon Bostick was sidelined with a lower leg injury in the first quarter.
Green Bay 7-3-8-3-21
St. Louis 0-7-0-0-7
GB - Randall Cobb 3 pass from Aaron Rodgers (Mason Crosby kick), 9:38
GB - Crosby 31 field goal, 12:41
STL - Lance Kendricks 11 pass from Sam Bradford (Greg Zuerlein kick), 8:02
GB - Jeff Janis 34 pass from Matt Flynn (Davante Adams pass from Flynn), 1:08
GB - Crosby 49 field goal, 6:46
Att. - 55,072.
First downs 22 17
Rushes-yards 30-125 27-78
Passing 261 138
Comp-Att-Int 22-31-0 16-28-0
Kick returns-yards 2-36 5-135
Punts-yards 3-9 2-(-8)
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 12-95 10-76
Time of possession 27-20 32-40
RUSHING - GB, D. Harris 7-32, E. Lacy 5-25, L. Perkins 7-25, M. Hill 4-17, A. Rodgers 1-14, J. Starks 4-9, I. Liaina 1-2, M. Flynn 1-1. STL, T. Mason 12-30, B. Cunningham 5-24, T. Watts 3-19, Z. Stacy 6-6, S. Hill 1-(-1).
PASSING - GB, A. Rodgers 11-13-0-128, S. Tolzien 10-15-0-107, M. Flynn 2-3-0-44. STL, S. Bradford 9-12-0-101, G. Gilbert 3-6-0-32, A. Davis 3-6-0-40, S. Hill 1-4-0-14.
RECEIVING - GB, A. Quarless 4-58, R. Cobb 3-34, J. Janis 1-34, D. Adams 2-28, M. Hill 1-27, E. Lacy 2-22, J. Boykin 3-21, K. Dorsey 1-18, A. Gillett 1-13, L. Perkins 1-10, B. Bostick 1-9, D. harris 1-2, M. White 1-2, C. Harper 1-1. STL, B. Quick 1-41, S. Bailey 2-28, J. Harris 1-26, T. Austin 2-20, L. Kendricks 2-15, J. Cunningham 2-13, A. Bayer 1-11, Z. Stacy 1-10, T. Waats 1-8, J. Cook 1-5, K. Britt 1-5, C. Harkey 1-5.