Packers offense in high gear
The Sports Xchange
GREEN BAY — Green Bay scored early and often as the Packers’ offense was clicking on all cylinders in a 34-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
The Packers scored every time they touched the ball until the final two minutes of the second quarter as they jumped out to a 20-7 halftime lead.
The Chiefs’ offense, which has struggled throughout the preseason, finally broke through when Tyler Bray found Richard Gordon in the end zone late in the second quarter to make the score 20-7.
Quarterback Matt Flynn completed 7 of 15 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. His backup, Scott Tolzien, was 12-for-18 for 139 yards and two more scores, sporting a quarterback rating of 126.9.
Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State returned a kickoff 61 yards to the Kansas City 39-yard line to close the third quarter and increase his chances of making the squad.
Green Bay, which finished 3-1 in the preseason, opens the regular season Sept. 4 at defending Super Bowl champion Seattle.
The Packers made a number of personnel moves this week as NFL teams prepare to cut their rosters down to 53 by Saturday afternoon.
Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis (knee) was placed on reserve/injured.
Tackle Don Barclay (knee) was placed on reserve/injured.
Guard Andrew Tiller (calf) was waived/injured by the Packers Tuesday, and he will be placed on reserve/injured after clearing waivers.
Nose tackle B.J. Raji has officially been ruled out for the entire 2014 season. The veteran starter and former top-10 draft pick, who re-signed with Green Bay on a one-year deal as a free agent in the offseason, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday as the team trimmed the roster to the mandatory 75 players. Raji suffered a torn biceps in the preseason win over the Oakland Raiders on Friday and is due to undergo surgery in the coming days.
Running back Rajion Neal (knee) cleared waivers and was placed on reserve/injured.
Guard AndrewTiller (calf) cleared waivers and was placed on reserve/injured.
Linebacker Joe Thomas (knee) cleared waivers and was placed on reserve/injured.
Center JC Tretter will be out “multiple weeks,” McCarthy said Sunday after revealing that the first-year starter sustained a significant knee injury in Friday’s game. The injury to Tretter’s left knee occurred early in the game, but he managed to play the rest of the first half. Corey Linsley, a fifth-round draft pick out of Ohio State this year, started the final preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday and is expected to be the starter for the Sept. 4 season opener at the Seattle Seahawks.
Defensive tackle Letroy Guion still hasn’t made it on the field this preseason. Guion, a seventh-year player signed as a free agent in the off-season, remains on the non-football injury list because of a hamstring injury. McCarthy said Sunday that Guion is “getting close” to returning.
Inside linebacker Brad Jones suffered a quadriceps injury in last Friday’s game and didn’t practice Sunday, when the team reconvened after a day off. McCarthy indicated Sunday that Jones probably won’t play the preseason finale but is hopeful the veteran starter will be OK for the season opener.
Cornerback Casey Hayward practiced Sunday after being held out most of last week, including Friday’s game, as a safeguard in the wake of his history with hamstring issues going back to a truncated 2013 season for the talented nickel back.