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Cardinals blank Packers in preseason opener

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on August 9, 2013 – 9:50 pm

GREEN BAY–The Packers began the preseason with a 17-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field on Friday night.

One of the few highlights for the Packers was a 50-yard pass completion from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones on the Packers’ first possession of the game. The play carried to the Cardinals 6-yard line, but the Packers failed to score when, on fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line, James Starks was stopped shy of the goal line.

Little did Packers fans know, but that would be the turning point in the game.

The Cardinals would intercept a Graham Harrell pass and Carson Palmer would follow with a 38-yard touchdown pass to Andre Roberts. Arizona increased its lead to 14-0 in the second quarter, when John Abraham sacked Harrell and forced a fumble that began a drive that ended with a short touchdown pass to Jaron Brown.

Rodgers was three of five for 62 yards in one series of playing time. Harrell was 12 of 19 for 76 yards, an interception and two sacks. He was replaced by Vince Young, who was followed by B.J. Coleman.

Rookie undrafted wide receiver Tyrone Walker led the Packers with five receptions for 41 yards. Starks was the Packers’ leading rusher with 38 yards on 12 carries.

Palmer and his replacement, Drew Stanton, each topped the 100 mark in passer rating.

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40 Responses to “Cardinals blank Packers in preseason opener”

  1. By Joan M. Allen on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Pre Season is a joke…Packers are the BEST!!!

  2. By Bradley Hamlet on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    doesn’t look good…

  3. By axespray on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Well… our backup QBs were pretty meh.

  4. By chris on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Well looks like the defense hasn’t improved and the running backs didn’t show me much. Also, Harrell sucks

  5. By Vincent Neidlinger on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    I can only say please get FOCUSED NOW, before regular season… Work as a TEAM, not as individuals! DEFENSE is more than Clay Mathews, ok!

  6. By LombardisBoy on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Typical Starks…as Vince once said, “If I ever see one of my backs get stopped a yard from the goal line, I’ll come off the bench and kick him right in the can.”

    Looking forward to Lacy bringing the wood!

  7. By dominantdefenseplease on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Joan M. Allen

    I guess ignorance is bliss isn’t it.

  8. By mike on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    man 2 qrtrs and harrell put no points on the board . i feel its time after 3 years to part ways with him . if that would have been a real game he would have been thrown out by the people. he is not nfl qb material

  9. By squirerust on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Could be a loooonnnggg season, I fear.

  10. By dominantdefenseplease on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Besides the usual performance by the starting offense, what positives were there in tonight’s lack of…i mean performance.

    I think Vince just turned over in his grave.

    Shameful, shameful…

  11. By Jannala89 on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Defense was gashed a lot but it’s not like our starters were playing…these are all young inexperienced players that will get better. Besides the two offensive turnovers that led to 14 points the defense only gave up a field goal. That’s not terrible. Harrell’s poor day lost us this game.

  12. By guy_who_made_a_comment on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    On the bright side, Crosby didn’t miss a FG.

  13. By dominantdefenseplease on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    True, but second stringers are around to pick up and perform at the same level as a starter without losing a beat. There was inexperience out there, but that’s exactly what TT paid for, and that’s exactly what he got, inexperience. Don’t you think Arizona had similar inexperience, and they performed like pros. If GB would keep at least a few more veterans this wouldn’t be a problem, but TT would have to pry open his wallet with a crowbar in order to do so.

  14. By Eastside AL on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    All preseason is, is a way for the coaches to get a good look at all the players so they can decide who to keep and who to cut. some teams like to win all the preseason games but not the packers.they could care less about the ones that don’t count. Look at how much time the starters stay in. They want to see the backups like harrel perform. ( he sucks!) we will kick butt when the reg. season starts!

  15. By dominantdefenseplease on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t blame Harrell for this loss. If anyone made a slightly better stride tonight it’s him. There weren’t any receivers out there. They should have picked up some big name in the off season. Coleman couldn’t make a connection to anyone, and Young only threw a few over the middle. What about the starting defense. They got ran all over, and the safeties that should be stepping up. It’s too late to get Woodson back I guess.

  16. By dominantdefenseplease on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    This loss was a team result, and like Eastside AL says this isn’t a regular season game, so it doesn’t count. I just hope this year’s team can live up to the high standards and tradition that has been laid down before them.

  17. By Gr810man on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    It’s the first Preseason game. Coaches are looking at players on the bubble, not starters. Also they are trying to keep injuries at a minimum. Makes no sense to sacrifice players health. I’ll be happy if we win one at home and head into the regular season with a healthy roster. By the way, who is the conditioning coach. Every year we go through injuries to key players.

  18. By Celevan on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Was it just me or was Johnny Jolly playing on some pretty small lower legs? Liked his enthusiasm, but it doesn’t look to me like his legs will hold up.

  19. By ralph on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    its only preseason for crying out loud we’ll be fine
    However we’ve needed a exp backup QB since Flynn left
    we’ve got a long way to go!
    go pack go!

  20. By Gina lamb on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Why all the injuries????? Every season and bad ones….. Let’s fix that!!!!!!!!!!!!! Otherwise GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!

  21. By W_Reinier on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Last few years GB has lost every preseason opener…not worried…GO PACK!!!

  22. By Gina lambeau on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah we could be Like the lions and go 4-0 in preseason and than

    0-16 I think we will be okay GO PACK GO!!!!!!!!!!

  23. By Jon on Aug 9, 2013 | Reply

    Can someone say “EDDIE LACY”?????

  24. By Mark P on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    Yep . . . 3 plays from the 2-yard line and we cannot score handing the ball off to our backs. That was my “uh oh” not again, moment.Other than that, a bunch of jittery plays and players. The goose egg on the scoreboard is not so great.

  25. By Jeff on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    Attention NFL: Would you please stop gouging us full price for preseason games. All it seems to be is a glorified practice/scrimmage against another team. Even half price is asking a lot IMO.

  26. By wiguyinmn on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    One preseason game that looks a little flat, and everyone starts freaking out. And to think I was just sticking up for our fan base this afternoon to some Vikings fans saying we were “fairweather”…. Maybe they knew something I didn’t. I mean come on.. complaining that TT doesn’t spend enough on the roster. Do you NOT realize there’s this thing called a “salary cap”??!!!

    I’ll say this, listening to and reading about the game I though Harrell was doing just as terrible as all the comments above make him sound. Once I actually got to watch the game (not until midnight because I live out of state) I’d say he actually looked pretty darn good. He got no help from his WRs whatsoever which made his numbers look bad, but wit the exception of 1 or two glaring plays that he needs to clean up (shouldn’t have taken that sack from Matheu, and the int was about 60% on him), he looked much improved over last year. I also think people are being a little overly-harsh on Starks’ performance. I was a little disappointed with Franklin, but he sure wasn’t given much room to run.

    For the negatives:
    For all the hype about our CBs, the secondary really didn’t play up to par. I realize Our top-2 CBs are out, but still… how many times can Davon House get burned in one game??
    Also, Newhouse should not be a starter. Barclay is our RT. I hope the coaches realize that after today.

    All in all though, as ugly as tonight was, if Datone doesn’t end up being seriously injured, I’m happy with the game because we go out of it healthy. That’s all that really matters in the preseason!

  27. By wiguyinmn on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    I also left out the fact that we had a rookie who has never stepped on an NFL field play the entire 1st half and basically play a flawless game. (oh yeah, btw, we drafted him in the FOURTH ROUND!) That in itself is reason for celebration!

  28. By Kimberly Miller on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    You have to remember that any time changes are made on a team, especially with 4 new drafts on the team, and players that were great and retired or moved on, that there is going to have to be adjustments and new players having to learn to work as a team. So pre-season is the rehearsal and warm-up to get them ready. So they lost one. I think they can pull it together. Always optimistic about everything in life. Go Pack Go!!!!

  29. By Simon on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    Sooner lose in pre-season than regular.

  30. By Don on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    Pre Season game is for checking players out. Our defense is going no where. It’s going to be a long season unless the defense get’s better.

  31. By Mark on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    You have to evaluate your talent. You have to practice your game plans for the season. But the cost in injuries to the Pack has been great. I do believe that once the staff puts Young through ” Quarterback school” he will develope his full potential. I hope that’s enough and even more, I hope he is never needed.

  32. By northerner on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    Packers ????????????

  33. By Rnichols on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    Absolutely horrible. Defense was none existent They did not show up. To think they will get a pay check

  34. By SmokeyJoe on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    Sorry but the O-line has to have a wake up call. I would tell every one of them that was trying for a starting spot that starting next week if they don’t perform they are looking for a new job and I would keep moving players up to try for the starting position until I found someone who at least put in effort. I would do it with all of them no matter name or draft pick. Even if you gotta start bringing in re-treads and undrafted free-agents. At this point you can’t get any worse. Desperate times call for desperate measures and these are becoming desperate times.

  35. By Pat on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    Yikes. Been a fan for 50 years and this team looks terrible. Poor coaching and a lack of talent will make for a long season. Not enough speed and not enough true athletes that stand out. The O line is terrible at creating holes or push. The secondary is aweful and leaves way too much space. Time to root for the Badgers.

  36. By Pat on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    8 and 8 will be good for this group of clowns

  37. By T dog on Aug 10, 2013 | Reply

    GO CARDS!!!!!

  38. By bigDaddy on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Can I open my eye’s now?

  39. By mbeyglobal on Aug 11, 2013 | Reply

    Chris Banjo is a great revelation

  40. By sean on Aug 12, 2013 | Reply

    defensivle linemen looked great. LB’s looked poor, cb’s looked poor, safeties were good to poor based on length of nfl experience only. the backup qb Stanton or w.e from the cardinals looked great, he might start over carson palmer. if palmer gets injured look out

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