FINAL SCORE: PACKERS: 13 STEELERS: 9
The Packers started off the 2007 preseason on a high note, winning a low-scoring game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two teams both boasted star QB’s, Brett Favre and the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger, but neither stayed in the game long enough to make a difference. Favre and Roethlisberger combined for fewer than 25 passing yards.
Instead, the game quickly became a defensive struggle. The lone touchdowns came on throws from Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh’s Charlie Batch. The Packers managed to get one more field goal than the Steelers (the 4-point margin of victory was a result of a missed extra point by the Steelers).
Packers fans have reason to be (cautiously) optimistic, as rookie Brandon Jackson overcame a slow start to get a respectable 57 yards on 16 carries (for an average of 3.6 yards per carry) against one of the league’s top run defenses. Aaron Rodgers showed that he could lead the Packers by marching the offense down the field on a 71 yard drive that culminated in the winning touchdown. Rookie receiver James Jones, who has impressed with his quickness and sure hands in training camps despite criticism of his mediocre 40-yard dash time. And newly drafted kicker Mason Crosby (who is competing with Dave Rayner for the starting job) kicked a long 52-yard field goal. All of these developments are things that the Packers can look to build upon. Packers fans should be excited to see the Packers offense in action against a less powerful Seattle defense next week.