Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Under head coach Mike McCarthy it's been tradition that the starters play the most in the third preseason game before backing off for the fourth exhibition game in order to keep them healthy.
Even though preseason records don't matter, there's been an renewed emphasis on winning in Green Bay this week. The Packers don't want to get into a habit of losing.
Through the first two preseason games, the starters haven't played all that much, only a handful of series. That will change on Thursday, however.
"That's our goal," McCarthy told the media this week. “We want a full half of work, starters, as in the first group."
The Packers could use a good performance from the starters to build a little momentum, especially from quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the passing game. In the first two exhibition games, the Packers have averaged a pathetic 4.0 and 4.4 yards per pass.
Thursday also marks the return of wide receiver Greg Jennings and tight end Jermichael Finley to action after missing the first two games due to injury. It bears watching how long the coaching staff will want to leave them in the game and risk exposing them to further injury.
UPADATE: Finley announced via Twitter that he will not be playing in tonight's game to head back to Green Bay due to the birth of his second child.