Green Bay Packers: Recap of Their 21-13 Loss to the San Diego Chargers

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 09:  Mike Willie #83 of the San Diego Chargers is tackled after a catch by cornerback Otis Merrill #47 of the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 9, 2012 in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 21-13. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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First thing to remember is: it’s preseason. It’s not great that the Chargers topped the Packers 21-13, but it’s far from the end of the world.

There are some areas of concern, and there were some definite positives.

We’ll touch on both here at the NFC North blog.


Randall Cobb

Yes, Cobb scored with the starters mostly out, but he made a nice catch on his touchdown and did a good job in his other three catches as well. While there is certainly a lot of opportunity for other players in the receiving corps, considering James Jones made a couple of ugly drops, Cobb continues to show he deserves plenty of targets in the coming season.

Nick Perry

While fellow rookie Jerel Worthy was essentially shut down in his first action, Perry recorded three tackles and a sack as well as another sack which was negated on a questionable penalty.

All in all, Perry looked solid in his first game out.

Tramon Williams

Hoping he was going to bounce back? The interception in the first quarter is a good sign that he might do that very thing.

Overall Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers looked good, so it wasn’t a case of rust—it was a case of a very good play by Williams.


Allowing 235 yards to Jarrett Lee—even on a third string group—is ugly.

Aaron Rodgers’ interception wasn’t pretty either and the run game isn't looking very impressive which, for the Packers, isn’t a huge concern.

Graham Harrell wasn’t a disaster, but he wasn’t great. There were several throws which should have never been thrown, though his touchdown to a wide open Cobb was a nice throw.

He’s a work in progress—nothing more, nothing less.

Officiating wasn’t good or bad—wasn’t worse than anything I have seen. Also, a woman officiated (did you notice?) and the world didn’t end.

Go figure.


Desmond Bishop
A bunch of players fell on Desmond Bishop’s leg, and he couldn’t put any weight on it after the fact. This will need some close watching, as his loss would be a big hit.

Left Tackle

Nobody looked good there, least of all Herb Taylor, who was overmatched on virtually every down. I was stunned Aaron Rodgers was in the game as long as he was considering how bad the left tackle looked.

This is an issue—and a big one.

Diondre Borel

Remember when I said he was a guy to watch and could make the team?

Well, if you watched, it was not very pretty.

Borel didn’t kill his chances, but he didn’t help them either. The only thing uglier than some of his plays were a few James Jones drops.

Borel has a thin margin for error and three more games to prove the Packers invested wisely last December when they paid him the rookie minimum.

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