Four takeaways highlight preseason-opening victory for Packers – Packers.com

6
51
Four takeaways highlight preseason-opening victory for Packers – Packers.com

GREEN BAY – If the Packers want to be a team that takes the ball away a lot in 2019, they’re certainly practicing the right way.

Four takeaways, including three in the first quarter, stood out in Green Bay’s 28-26 victory over Houston in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

Two of the turnovers took potential points off the board for the Texans and the other two led directly to touchdowns for the Packers, as a Green Bay team that tied for the third fewest takeaways in the league last season is off on the right foot in that department this year.

“That’s what we talk about all the time, we’re going to be about the ball,” Head Coach Matt LaFleur said following his first night at the helm. “That was the difference in the game.”

It was the Packers’ young players getting the job done in a game that saw both teams rest the vast majority of their starters. A total of 26 players didn’t suit up for Green Bay, a little more than a handful due to injuries.

Rookie cornerback Ka’dar Hollman ended Houston’s first drive by cutting in front of receiver Vyncint Smith to make a sliding interception in the red zone of an underthrown ball by Joe Webb, who went the distance as the Texans didn’t play starting QB Deshaun Watson (rest) or A.J. McCarron (hand injury).

Moments later came turnover No. 2, as JK Scott’s 56-yard punt got returner Keke Coutee backpedaling and turning the wrong way. The muff inside the 5-yard line was recovered by Packers receiver Equanimeous St. Brown for a touchdown.

“That was awesome,” LaFleur said. “I thought that kind of gave us some juice and gave us some momentum.”

The third turnover came three snaps later, as safety Raven Greene stripped the ball from running back Taiwan Jones on a promising run up the middle that was approaching the red zone. Fellow defensive back Will Redmond recovered, keeping the Texans scoreless through one quarter.

Then the second half began with the fourth turnover, as rookie corner Chandon Sullivan, who had an interception last week on Family Night, got another pick of Webb and returned it to the Houston 3-yard line, setting up another touchdown.

That gave the Packers a 21-10 lead, which stretched to 28-10 when No. 3 QB Tim Boyle connected with Allen Lazard on a 27-yard TD pass late in the third quarter.

Boyle had two TD passes on his relatively short 3-for-5, 40-yard night, while earlier DeShone Kizer finished a 75-yard scoring drive with a 14-yard TD toss on the run to rookie receiver Darrius Shepherd. Neither quarterback was sacked nor turned the ball over in a solid opening showing for Aaron Rodgers’ backups.

“More than anything else was the command,” LaFleur said of what he liked about the quarterback play. “That’s what we were looking for. I thought they commanded the huddle. It seemed the communication was on point. I thought the operation was clean and they did a nice job executing when the play was there.”

Kizer finished 8-of-13 for 102 yards in playing the entire first half, completing four of his last five throws on the long TD drive in the second quarter. His opening drive of the game was stalled by two holding penalties, and he had one three-and-out on a misfired check down.

“It’s consistency on a daily basis,” LaFleur said of what he wants to see from Kizer. “Not just in a game but in practice. I know it’s one game. I thought he did a nice job tonight, but it’s got to be each and every day.”

Rookie running back Dexter Williams led the ground game with 62 yards on 14 carries as the only starter who played on offense was left guard Lane Taylor, who LaFleur said is in a competition with rookie Elgton Jenkins.

The two days of practice earlier this week against the Texans factored into LaFleur’s decision to rest most of his front-line players.

“We gave those guys the majority of the reps, the ones, and I thought they got the necessary work in throughout the week, and I didn’t want to put them at risk tonight,” he said, adding that the starters would get some reps next week in Baltimore, with playing time this month assessed on a week-to-week basis.

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-49


1 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-42


2 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-111


3 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-110


4 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-107


5 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-109


6 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-108


7 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-106


8 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-105


9 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-104


10 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-101


11 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-102


12 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-100


13 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-96


14 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-99


15 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-103


16 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-94


17 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-98


18 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-97


19 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-95


20 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-93


21 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-91


22 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-92


23 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-90


24 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-89


25 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-85


26 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-88


27 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-87


28 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-86


29 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-83


30 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-84


31 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-82


32 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-81


33 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-79


34 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-78


35 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-80


36 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-75


37 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-73


38 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-77


39 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-76


40 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-74


41 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-71


42 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-72


43 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-70


44 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-69


45 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-68


46 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-62


47 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-67


48 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-66


49 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-64


50 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-65


51 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-63


52 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-61


53 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-60


54 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-59


55 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-58


56 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-57


57 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-56


58 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-55


59 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-51


60 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-54


61 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-53


62 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-52


63 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-50


64 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-46


65 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-48


66 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-47


67 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-45


68 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-43


69 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-44


70 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-39


71 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-37


72 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-41


73 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-38


74 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-2-siegle-40


75 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-3


76 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-49


77 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-51


78 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-50


79 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-48


80 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-47


81 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-46


82 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-44


83 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-45


84 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-43


85 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-40


86 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-42


87 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-41


88 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-39


89 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-36


90 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-38


91 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-37


92 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-35


93 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-34


94 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-33


95 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-32


96 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-31


97 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-30


98 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-28


99 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-29


100 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-24


101 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-27


102 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-23


103 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-26


104 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-22


105 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-25


106 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-21


107 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-19


108 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-20


109 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-18


110 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-17


111 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-16


112 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-15


113 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-13


114 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-9


115 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-14


116 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-12


117 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-11


118 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-8


119 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-10


120 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-7


121 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-6


122 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-1


123 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-4


124 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-2


125 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-3-siegle-5


126 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


127 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


128 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


129 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


130 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


131 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


132 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


133 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


134 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


135 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


136 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


137 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


138 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


139 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


140 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


141 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


142 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


143 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


144 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


145 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


146 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


147 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


148 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


149 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


150 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


151 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


152 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


153 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


154 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


155 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


156 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


157 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


158 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


159 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


160 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


161 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


162 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


163 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


164 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-48


165 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


166 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-50


167 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


168 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-12


169 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


170 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-11


171 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


172 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-44


173 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


174 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-46


175 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


176 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-43


177 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


178 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-42


179 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


180 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-37


181 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


182 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-6


183 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


184 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-4-siegle-38


185 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


186 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


187 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


188 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


189 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


190 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


191 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


192 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


193 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


194 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


195 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


196 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


197 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


198 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


199 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


200 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


201 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


202 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


203 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


204 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


205 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


206 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com


207 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-002


208 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-037


209 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-038


210 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-036


211 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-035


212 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-034


213 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-033


214 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-032


215 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-031


216 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-025


217 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-030


218 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-029


219 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-028


220 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-026


221 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-027


222 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-020


223 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-023


224 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-024


225 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-022


226 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-021


227 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-019


228 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-018


229 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-017


230 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-016


231 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-015


232 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-014


233 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-013


234 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-010


235 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-012


236 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-011


237 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-008


238 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-009


239 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-007


240 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-001


241 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-005


242 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-006


243 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-004


244 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

190808-packers-texans-6-siegle-003


245 / 245

Evan Siegle, packers.com

The running game opened up some play-action passes for Kizer and Boyle, but LaFleur would still like to see more production on the ground than the combined 24 carries for 85 yards by the running backs (3.5 avg.).

He also labeled the defense’s tackling “sloppy” as Webb burned the Packers on several scrambles, totaling 47 yards on six runs and leading a Texans’ ground game that averaged 4.8 yards per attempt (29 rushes, 138 yards). Webb came up 14 yards shy of a 300-yard passing night, which would be a rarity in the preseason, as he finished 25-of-40 for 286 yards with one touchdown and the two picks, completing passes to 14 different receivers. He was sacked twice.

Rookie linebacker Ty Summers, a seventh-round pick, played the entire game and led the defense with 10 tackles (nine solo). It was a night for young players and for the most part they acquitted themselves well in LaFleur’s judgment.

“These guys, I didn’t see any big eyes,” LaFleur said. “I didn’t think it was too big for them. It was really encouraging for all those young guys.”

6 COMMENTS

  1. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More to that Topic: worldnewsnetwork.co.in/four-takeaways-highlight-preseason-opening-victory-for-packers-packers-com/ […]

  2. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More to that Topic: worldnewsnetwork.co.in/four-takeaways-highlight-preseason-opening-victory-for-packers-packers-com/ […]

  3. Hello! I’ve been reading your site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Tx! Just wanted to say keep up the good job!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here