Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals:
My unfitered game day recap and blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
Inactive for Packers today:
Shaky Smithson, Du ‘ane Bennett, Davon House, Brandon Saine, Jon Hoese, James Starks, DeMarco Cosby, Desmond Bishop, Frank Zombo, Johnny Jones, Ray Dominguez, Andrew Datko, Derek Sherrod, Andrew Quarless, DJ Williams, Jermichael Finley
The Packers travel to Cincinnati for the first time since 2006; Mike McCarthy’s first season as Packers’ head coach.
Most memorable game in this series was 1992, when Brett Favre came in for an injured Don Majkowski and led the Packers to a 24-23 comeback win. Favre completed a 35yd TD pass to Kitrick Taylor with 13 seconds left to earn the win.
Dress rehearsal game: It’s not just the game, it’s really the whole week leading up to the game. You have a set schedule, how you breakdown your opponent, run meetings… The actual game, you have objectives to hit… play first group for a half and then let the competition begin in the second half.
Getting first team reps: Hopefully we can six possession in the first half. Finley is not with us… This is a chance for us to get in a rythm and practice the things we want to do when the season starts.
Cedric Benson: Our offense isn’t going to change. He gives us another weapon. He’s been a productive player in the NFL. I’ve been impressed with his inside running ability and instincts.
Greg Jennings: He looks good. We have to be smart with Greg tonight. We’ll watch him throughout the half. I don’t see him getting a ton of reps, but he will take the lion’s share.
Dalton/AJ Green: One of the more exciting young QB/receiver duos in the league. Great test for our defense tonight.
Cinci defense: Marvin Lewis is an outstanding coach. Fundamentally sound defense, you’re not going to get too many big plays.
Roster Decisions: This is getting down to where you have to make hard decisions. Injuries have affected the evaluation process. Important for those players who haven’t had a lot of evaluation time to do well tonight.
Packers vs. Bengals – First Impressions – First Half:
Even holding couldn’t help Marshall Newhouse. Beaten badly with an inside move.