Just as the Raiders had done in their first two preseason games against the Vikings and Lions, they gave up an easy touchdown on the opening drive. The big play came via connection between Aaron Rodgers to his Cal namesake Richard Rodgers. Then a few Eddie Lacy runs later and the Packers were in the endzone. They added insult to injury with a successful two-point conversion to go up 8-0. The drive was seven plays in just over three minutes.
The Raiders offense got started well with two completions from Matt Schaub to James Jones. Then on third and two from the 40-yard line, Maurice Jones-Drew broke a tackle and took it the distance for the score. It was the best the first team offense has looked all preseason and the Raiders matched the Packers opening score, down just 8-7.
On the ensuing Packers possession, the Raiders got the stop. It was just the second stop the Raiders defense has made this preseason against the opposing team's starting quarterback.
For the remainders of the first quarter, the two teams exchanged punts. Then came the second quarter and the Packers got back on track. The Raiders did not.
The Packers scored touchdowns on both of their first two second quarter drives. On both drives, they again easily marched through the Raiders defense, relatively without contest. The Packers offensive line was manhandling the Raiders defensive line and the Raiders' linebackers were missing tackles.
Adding injury to insult was Sio Moore was taken off the field on a stretcher after a blow to the head. It was later ruled a neck injury and he was taken to a local hospital for observation.
Also leaving the game were linebacker Nick Roach and cornerback Tarell Brown. Neither returned to the game with concussions.
With three touchdown drives under his belt, the Packers pulled Aaron Rodgers in favor of Matt Flynn who faced the team he signed with last off-season and was at one time supposed to be their starter. He had elbow tendinitis in the preseason and lost his starting job. Then after one bad game he was cut and returned to the Packers, where his career began.
After an initial stop by the Raiders defense, Matt Schaub would be sacked on the ensuing possession and fumble the ball.
The Packers possession didn't last long though - one play actually -- as Khalil Mack stepped in front of a Matt Flynn screen pass to pick it off and give the Raiders the ball right back. The Raiders were unable to capitalize on it and the two teams headed into the locker room with the Packers leading 22-7.
Schaub remained in the game in the third quarter. He drove the Raiders into scoring position with a couple completions combined with some Latavius Murray runs, but the Raiders were unable to score. To his credit, he hit Marcel Reece who wsa wide open in the endzone only to have Reece drop it. Then he went high to James Jones on what was initially ruled a touchdown but overturned on review because Jones bobbled it on his way to the ground.
That was Schaub's last drive. He finished going 13 for 27 for 110 yards and a fumble.
Matt McGloin came out to run the Raiders offense on the following drive. That drive didn't last long as Kory Sheets received a hard hit that knocked the ball out and he laid on the field hurt. He eventually got up and limped to the sideline. The hit was a blow to the head but his leg was twisted awkwardly as well. The Raiders later said Sheets injury is being called an Achilles injury which is bad news for Sheets who was fighting for a spot on this team.
The Packers took over and Matt Flynn drove them down the field against the Raiders second team defense to add a field goal and a 25-7 lead.
The Raiders took over again and after Matt McGloin made some nice completions to get the offense moving, he gets sacked and can't pick up the lost yardage to end the drive.
There would be no McMoxie McMagic this time. The Packers brought Scott Tolzien in for Flynn and added another touchdown to put the Packers up 31-7 with just over ten minutes left in the game.
McGloin sure did try to make this one look respectible. He drove the Raiders for two late touchdowns, both to Brice Buter, just as he did last week. It was the game winner that time. The deficit was too much to overcome this time as the Packers won this one easily by the final score of 31-21.
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