The third week of the preseason is upon us, which is also known as the “dress rehearsal” for the starters before the real games begin in earnest.
That means we will get to see a full half of Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers’ starting offense tonight as they face off against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The starting offense showed some signs of life last week against the Cleveland Browns, but still struggled in some areas.
Same goes for the Packers’ starting defense. Tackling seemed to be improved, but the defense still was swallowed up in coverage by rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. This week, they face off against Andy Dalton and a Bengals offense that struggled at times in the 2011 season.
As for the backups, this is a big game for Graham Harrell. Confidence in him as the backup behind Aaron Rodgers hit an all-time low after the 35-10 loss to the Browns in which Harrell failed to lead the offense to a touchdown in roughly three quarters of action.
Here’s what to look for in tonight’s game:
It’s starting to sound like a broken record, but the Packers must start taking better care of the football.