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Week 3 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 6, Oakland Raiders 13
What you need to know
After scoring 51 points in a preseason win against the Steelers last week, the Green Bay Packers came back down to earth, losing to the Oakland Raiders, 13-6 in their third preseason game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
was held out of this game in anticipation of week 1 of the regular season, with Brett Hundley
getting the start in his place. Hundley completed eight of 14 passes for 78 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Running backs Aaron Jones
(five rushes fo18 yards) and Ty Montgomery
(four carries for 12 yards) split carries with the first team, although neither was able to get much going. Starting wide receivers Davante Adams
and Randall Cobb
got the night off, with J'Mon Moore and Geranimo Allison starting in their place. Both played well in limited duty, as Moore caught four passes for 62 yards and Allison caught two passes for 40 yards. Tight end Jimmy Graham
was on the sidelines with backup Lance Kendricks
starting in his place. Kendricks caught two passes for 20 yards.
had a leaping deep catch and looks ready to be the #1 receiver. Jared Cook
is playing a more prominent role than the #3 wide receiver. Doug Martin
was unimpressive during his time with the first-team offense and stayed on for a stretch with the second team.
Green Bay Packers
was the most efficient running back for the Packers last year, leading them in rushing yards and yards per carry. His off the field conduct is what is keeping him back though, as Jones is suspended for the first two games of the 2018 season. Jones was in a great spot to be the Packers #1 running back this year, but now he is fighting just to make sure he has a spot with the Packers when he comes back in week three. This was all the more reason why Jones had to have a great preseason, and this week was the only game for which he was going to play. It was disappointing to see Jones struggle for 18 yards on five carries, with no catches in the passing game. He had a long carry of eight yards, but after that it was carries of three yards, two yards, four yards and one yard. Jones did very little to separate himself from Ty Montgomery
and Jamaal Williams
so it will be interesting to see how long it takes him to get back in the good graces of the Packers coaching staff.
With the Packers moving on from receiver Jordy Nelson
this off-season, Ty Montgomery
was a player who many thought would play a hybrid role for the Packers this year. Montgomery has not seen much playing time this preseason, as this game against the Raiders was the extent of his action prior to week one of the regular season. Montgomery rushed four times for 12 yards, while also catching one pass for one yard. Montgomery had a pedestrian performance, but it was his lack of picking up an easy first down on third and one from the Raiders 17 yard line that defined his night. With the Raiders bringing pressure from all sides, Montgomery was stuffed behind the line for a two yard loss. To be fair, picking up first downs between the tackles when the defense is stacking the box is not the strength of his game, but it was also rather telling that Montgomery saw that opportunity rather than the more compact and powerful, Aaron Jones
. Montgomery has carved out a role as a pass catching back in the Packers offense, and has done rather well when given a heavy volume of touches. The problem is his health, and that should come as no surprise as Montgomery is built like the wide receiver he was before converting to running back when the Packers were in a pinch at the position.
After making his bones on the Packers practice squad the last two years, Allison comes into his third season as a pro with a strong grip on the #3 wide receiver position for the Packers. Against the Raiders, Allison caught two of three targets for 40 yards. Allison also managed to recover a Hundley fumble that came nine yards behind the line of scrimmage after a Raider sack. For a guy that is trying to cement his job as a starter, that is the kind of hustle play that coaches remember. Allison's big play of the night came on a second and seven from the Packers 32 yard line. Allison was lined up on the right side of the formation and was able to get separation to the outside of the field. Hundley threw a lofted pass that hit Allison perfectly in stride. Allison did well to secure the catch and pick up another couple of yards before being hit out of bounds by a Raiders defender. It was a rather routine play though, and one that Allison will need to continue making if he hopes to stave off the trio of rookie wide receivers the Packers drafted this past spring.
With Davante Adams
and Randall Cobb
on the sidelines resting, rookie J'Mon Moore was given the start opposite Geronimo Allison
. Moore responded with four catches for 62 yards, playing with both Brett Hundley
and DeShone Kizer
. Moore played deep into the fourth quarter, and came up with a big catch on third and six while the Packers were in the own territory and driving to tie the game. Moore set up on the right side of the field and got immediate separation from his defender with a nifty stutter step move back to the inside of the field. Kizer had him open right from the jump and got rid of the ball quickly, leading Moore 25 yards down the field. The pass was a little high and out in front of Moore, but that is exactly where you want the ball to be in that situation. Moore showed really nice concentration, pulling down the catch when he knew there was a safety coming over ready to hit him as soon as he caught the ball. That is exactly what happened, but Moore managed to hang onto the ball and pick up a big first down at the Packers 46 yard line. For a rookie wide receiver, that was a big play and one that could instill the type of confidence from his quarterbacks that he will need to get on the field this season.
Despite his old school reputation, Jon Gruden has taken a decidedly new school approach to the preseason. He limited Derek Carr
and the Raiders starting offense to just two possessions total across the first three preseason games. The starting unit isnít expected to see the field in Week 4 either. Carr saw just seven snaps against the Packers before heading to the bench with 11 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Carrís lone drive was productive. He took a deep shot off of play action on the first snap and
went up and snagged the rainbow pass for a 49-yard gain. While Carrís deep ball accuracy has been spotty in camp, this pass was right on the money. After a short pass over the middle to backup tight end Lee Smith
was knocked down, Carr was able to convert his first third-down opportunity deep down the left sideline to Jared Cook
for a 19-yard gain. The completion set Oakland up with first-and-goal from the four-yard line. After two runs were stuffed for no gain, Carr had the ball knocked from his hand on third down when a Packers defender bull rushed Donald Penn right into his quarterback. Carr was able to recover and the result of the play was an eight-yard sack, which forced the Raiders to settle for a field goal. It is tough to draw any conclusions from such a limited sample size, but the biggest concern for the Raiders passing offense is the offensive tackle position. Penn looked shaky throughout his debut at right tackle. Rookie left tackle Kolton Miller lacks core strength and has struggled against power rushes throughout the preseason.
Lynch started and played the first two snaps of the game. He was a decoy on play action the first snap and then looked to be the first read for Carr in the passing game on the next play. Lynch ran to the left flat but was well covered, so Carr went to his second read. After less than a minute of game action, Lynchís day was done. Gruden has seen all he has needed to from Lynch and wants to make sure he is ready for Week 1.
After Marshawn Lynch
started and played the first two snaps, Martin came in to replace him and had all three of the rushing attempts on the opening drive with Derek Carr
. He managed three yards on his first carry. Martin was then stuffed for no gain on back-to-back carries near the goal line. He looked tentative and didnít show much in the way of explosiveness on either attempt. Martin stayed in with Connor Cook
and the backup offense, playing 16 snaps total. Martin had a 7-yard run called back due to holding but came back the next play with a 16-yard gain off of left tackle the next play. He was untouched and showed decent acceleration down the sideline.
Richard is locked in as the third-down pass-catching specialist and looks to be third in the rotation behind Lynch and Martin. He played 19 snaps against the Packers, 17 of which were passing plays. Richard actually lined up as a wide receiver, with Doug Martin
lined up next to the quarterback in shotgun, and caught a quick screen that he took down the sideline for 26 yards. Richard was ineffective on his two carries, hit and dropped near the line of scrimmage both times. Richard is noticeably more explosive than Martin or Lynch and could have a chance to ascend the depth chart if he continues to play well.
Bryant played 28 snaps, mostly with the second team. He caught a drag route for a 14-yard gain from Connor Cook
but couldnít haul in a deep ball from Cook later in the first quarter.
Cooper opened the game with a leaping 49-yard reception against tight coverage. He went up and won in a contested situation, something we saw very rarely in 2017. With Cooperís speed, he should get plenty of chances on these sort of deep routes and he needs to win on a much more consistent basis than he has in the past. He played just six snaps and wasnít targeted again.
Nelson played just five snaps, all on the opening possession, before heading to the bench. He wasnít targeted.
Roberts led the Raiders in snaps with 49, but wasnít able to grab his only target. He did draw a pass interference penalty, though. Roberts played ahead of Bryant in the red zone on the opening drive, which is somewhat encouraging. However, with the big investment made in Bryant, he still has the leg up on Bryant for the #3 wide receiver job.
Cook looks like he will start the season as the third target in the Raiders offense behind only Amari Cooper
and Jordy Nelson
. He made a nice grab along the sideline for 19 yards on the opening drive and was almost able to tightrope the sideline into the end zone, but was knocked out a few yards short of the goal line.