Saturday, August 31, 2013

Packers lose third preseason game, get ready for cuts

As I Tweeted out (@packfansunited) prior to game time on Thursday, I was unable to post a preview for the Packers vs. Chiefs game. Good thing I didn't waste the energy or bandwith. It was a snoozefest, at least on the Packers' side of the ledger. I'm only now coming out of the coma induced by watching a very uninspired effort by players on both sides of the ball. I did indicate I'd post a review of the game. However, that was before the game was actually played. There really isn't much that can be said about it. I'll defer to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Packer guru Bob McGinn's analysis instead.

Losing 30-8 in the final preseason game isn't the end of the world. But what it says about a team that only scored two touchdowns -- not one by a starter -- during 16 quarters of football may be a bigger issue. Granted, the trigger behind the Packers offense, QB Aaron Rodger, saw very limited action, as did most of the offensive unit. So we really don't know what this reconfigured offensive line can do, nor what the new running game and new-look receiving corps can do. It's going to be a surprise what happens in the first game against San Francisco, to say the least.

Now, we wait on today's cuts. The team has to go from 75 to 53 by 5 p.m. today. Still, the Packers reportedly brought a few players in for work outs yesterday, a kicker and running back/kick returner among them. So the final roster is still certainly a bit up in the air, although that will likely come down to probably the final eight or nine spots. Ted Thompson is always looking for ways to make the team better and if he sees a way to do that from other teams' castoffs, don't be surprised.

The preseason didn't show us much, at least for those on the outside looking in. A few players secured their roster spots while some others may have missed their opportunities. We'll know later on today what things look like going into the first week of the season.

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