Packers offense rolls in 31-17 victory

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Green Bay scored 24 consecutive points and prevailed over the Tennessee Titans, 31-17, on a warm August evening before a crowd of 74,098 at muggy Lambeau Field.
 
But with 24 combined penalties for almost 200 yards, both the Packers and Titans have plenty of room for improvement in the ensuing weeks of training camp.
 
“We’ve got to clean up some penalties,” head coach Mike McCarthy said at halftime in quotes released to the media.  “It looks a little bit like a first preseason game, but I’m very happy with the number of snaps everybody’s getting so far.”
 
Eighteen of the Packers key players—from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to linebacker Clay Matthews—were inactive for the contest.  The game was an opportunity for McCarthy and his staff to evaluate newcomers and back-ups, with Brett Hundley starting the contest before giving way to DeShone Kizer late in the second quarter.
 
Hundley showed his development from last season, looking comfortable in running the offense and completing 9 of 14 passes for 108 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
 
After Mariotta and the Titans took a 7-0 lead on the opening drive, Hundley directed a 75-yard march to tie the game midway through the second quarter.  Tennessee took a 10-7 edge into intermission on a 23-yard field goal, and the Titans defense held Green Bay on four downs in the final minute.
 
“I thought he (Hundley) had a couple nice drives, obviously the big play, and that’s what this game’s all about.  You’ve go to hit your big plays,” McCarthy said.
 
The 13-year Green Bay head coach was pleased overall with the play of his young players.  “A lot of good things throughout the game, particularly from our young players,” McCarthy said.  “We’ve got a lot to clean up as a football team. . .  we want to establish our play style.”
 
“I would call it a stepping-stone game where we had production, we had positive things, we had things we clearly needed to do better, and it was preseason game No. 1.  I thought the team got off to a good, solid start today with the performance.  A lot of penalties, I think that’s really the landscape with the new rules that are being emphasized in the preseason. It’s a little bit of the same for the officials, it’s a learning process and we’ll continue to work through it.  I am anxious to see the tape.  I think it will be a great teaching tape tomorrow for our players.”
 
One standout was rookie receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.  Third-string quarterback Tim Boyle connected with Valdes-Scantling on a 15-yard touchdown pass along the back corner of the end zone to ice the game, 24-10, with 3:49 remaining in the game.
 
“Routine play that we practice every day,” Valdes-Scantling said.  “It wasn’t nothing extraordinary. Tim (Boyle) gave me a great ball and I went and made a play for him.”
 
The Packers offense continued to roll, as Boyle hit Jake Kumerow with a perfect 52-yard scoring down the sideline to complete the Packers scoring before the Titans tallied in garbage time.
 
The Packers young receivers stepped up after quarterback Aaron Rodgers questioned their effort in practice earlier in the week.
 
Kizer accounted himself well, completing 9 of 18 passes for 134 yards.  Boyle connected on 7 of 15 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
 
Green Bay hosts the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field Thursday.

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