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Green Bay Packers: Key Notes From Denver

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Packers Fall To Broncos, 20-17

The Packers went into Mile High Stadium looking to expand on their undefeated (preseason) record. Unfortunately following a strong start, Green Bay would slow down, allowing 20 unanswered points. Brett Hundley would tack on a touchdown in the fourth, but could not add another score. Regardless of the loss, this game exposed weakness on both sides of the ball, while providing positive reinforcement for few. Below are my key notes from Mile High Stadium.

Key Notes: The Good

The Packers offense was more balanced than it had been in previous weeks. Ty Montgomery broke off an early 25-yard run, which, at the time, was the longest Packers run of the preseason. Later, Aaron Jones would add a 28-yard run. The Packers averaged 4.5 yards-per-carry, posting 113 rushing yards, by far their best this preseason. Jamaal Williams struggled on the ground (3 rushes, 4 yards). However, he became a viable asset in the passing game for Hundley posting 46 yards on 3 receptions.

The Packers defensive aggression stood out in this exhibition bout. Josh Jones led the team in tackles with six, showing more consistency than he had in previous games. Jones added a forced fumble to the stat sheet as well. Defensive tackle Brian Price forced two fumbles, recovering one of them, as well as a sack. Kentrell Brice could also be found attacking across the field. He added four tackles, an interception, and pass defended. Green Bay’s defense also held strong in the red zone, allowing the Broncos to score on just one trip inside the 20.

Key Notes: The Bad

In regards to rushing defense, the Pack looked a bit flatter than they had in weeks past. The Cheesehead defense had holes in it, as the Broncos ran to the tune of 125 yards. Moreover, C.J. Anderson took a 16-yard touchdown in untouched in the second quarter. They allowed five runs of 10 or more yards, not a good look on defense.

Brett Hundley once again struggled to get rid of the football as his offensive line attempts to grow. Hundley added another four sacks to his preseason total. That brings him up to nine for the preseason, furthermore, 80 yards lost. The line struggled when Aaron Rodgers was at the helm, with Von Miller sacking him on an early third down.

Key Notes: The Ugly

The Packers continuously pushed themselves back with penalties. They lost 78 yards on 9 different penalties on the day. The offensive line must get on the same page as false starts can not be tolerated during the regular season.