Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Preseason Week 3 Live Blog
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All in all, it was a much better performance by the Packers from both an offensive and defensive perspective in a game that the starters played a majority of the first half.
Lattimore's pick-six is a big individual triumph. For a guy that's making the transition from outside linebacker to inside linebacker, the interception was a step in the right direction.
Late in the fourth quarter, third-string quarterback B.J. Coleman gets his first action of the evening.
It will be his job to ice the win for the Packers and, most importantly, don't turn the ball over.
It's been a long time since Sam Shields has done something this positive when he had an interception of Zac Robinson in the fourth quarter.
Shields has fallen behind Jarrett Bush, Casey Hayward and Davon House in the cornerback battle.
Not that Graham Harrell has done himself many favors by completing three of eight passes for only seven yards, but he hasn't gotten much time to throw after being sacked multiple times since the second half began.
Two thoughts on the rookie...
Dezman Moses showing up tonight. Tackle for loss on 1st down of this drive and then just went right through Roland on 2nd.— Zach Heilprin (@ZachHeilprin) August 24, 2012
Moses is more than this year's So'oto. He's far ahead of So'oto on depth chart. Vic plays big under lights but Moses consistently disruptive— Packers RapidReports (@CBSSportsNFLGB) August 24, 2012
Following the John Kuhn fumble, it wasn't hard for the Bengals to drive for a score.
That's what turnovers will do for you, set up your opponent with a short field as Bruce Gradkowski hits Marvin Jones for a 15-yard touchdown to pull make the score 17-12, advantage Packers.
John Kuhn looked good on a nine-yard run in the third quarter, but followed that up with a fumble on the next series.
Going back to the playoff loss to the Giants, Kuhn also had a fumble in that game. That's not a good way to gain the coaches' trust.
Neither of the backup quarterbacks have done well in their first action of the evening.
Graham Harrell has completed two of five passes for only one yard. And Bruce Gradkowski has completed one of two passes for five yards.
There's still a lot of time left, but they've done little in the early going.
Reggie Wells playing LT; Marc Tyler in at RB; reserve WRs out there. Harrell's gotta be wishing he'd gotten a chance with the starters.— Packers RapidReports (@CBSSportsNFLGB) August 24, 2012
Harrell is going to have to prove himself with the second-string.
On the first possession of the second half, the Bengals first-string offense can't get anything going versus the Packers' second-string defense with a three-and-out.
Consider that a win for the Packers.
The Bengals receive the second half kickoff and will play their starters into the third quarter as Andy Dalton leads the offense back onto the field.
The Packers' defense, meanwhile, has their second-string defense in the game.
For the first time this preseason, the Packers have a pulse. Of course, it makes sense seeing as the starters have played as much or more in one half than they had the first two preseason games combined.
The Bengals have to be disappointed with a defense that gave up two touchdowns and a field goal, and an offense that could only muster six points despite driving inside the Packers' five-yard line once in the first half.
The Bengals call a timeout to set up a Hail Mary on the last play before halftime, but it falls incomplete.
It's a turnover on downs. Now it's the Bengals turn to see if they can get on the scoreboard with less than a minute remaining.
Two minute warning
The Packers are at midfield at the two-minute warning in the first half. They'll want three point, minimum, or at least they would in a regular season game.
Meanwhile, the Bengals will try to hold them scoreless. A test of wills coming up.
Even though the Packers only got three points out of the drive that culminated in a Mason Crosby 46-yard field goal, they have to be happy with a sustained drive that took a couple minutes off the clock.
The Bengals might have gotten on the board with a second-consecutive field goal, but the real story was the Packers' goal-line stand.
From stuffing the run to rushing the passer, the Packers did a good job highlighted by a sack by Erik Walden of Andy Dalton.
Bengals cornerback Terence Newman forces the first turnover of the game with an interception of Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers tried to hit Greg Jennings in a hole in the Bengals' zone, but Newman baited Rodgers and got an easy pick.
Bend but don't break
The Bengals offense finally got things moving on their third series of the game with a 52-yard drive that set up a 42-yard field goal by Mike Nugent.
The Bengals offense finally shows signs of life, and the Packers defense finally shows sign of weakness. But it's still early for both.
So far, so good for Benson
Cedric Benson didn't get a carry on his first series of the game, but the Packers gave it to him three times on his second series.
Benson has rushes carries for 16 yards, for an average of more than five yards per carry.
Packers winning field-position battle
Randall Cobb has fielded his second punt of the game at midfield in the first quarter, which means the Packers offense is stuffing the Bengals in their own territory.
For a defense that underachieved last season, this is a step in the right direction for the Packers who are doing well against both the run and the pass so far.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings caught two passes for significant gains to set up Aaron Rodgers' touchdown run.
Jennings missed the first two preseason games with a concussion.
All the time off doesn't seem to have hurt Jennings one bit.
Penalties haunt Bengals too.
Right tackle Andre Smith was called for a false start of his own, which put the Bengals in a third-and-long situation, which they couldn't convert.
Both offensive lines are going to have to clean up their act.
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