The Kansas City Chiefs used three Tyler Bray touchdown passes to defeat the Green Bay Packers, 30-8, in Thursday night’s preseason finale. The Packers finished the exhibition slate with a record of 1-3, and will travel to San Francisco for the regular season opener Sept. 8.
It was over when…
When Josh Bellamy caught a 43-yard touchdown after Packers cornerback Brandon Smith fell down on a vertical route in the third quarter. The score put the Chiefs up 20-6 with just over six minutes left in the period. But keep in mind, the score of the preseason finale means relatively nothing.
- Mason Crosby: After winning the kicking job this week, Crosby put together a perfect 2-for-2 night in Kansas City. He made kicks of 45 and 48 yards. His first kick was straight and true, a perfect strike. Maybe confidence is starting to build in the Packers kicker.
- Jeremy Ross: While the Packers didn’t give him any returning responsibilities until the second half, Ross flashed as a receiver early. He made three catches for 50 yards, including a 26-yard back shoulder completion on third down.
- Jamari Lattimore: The Packers most active defensive player Thursday night, Lattimore was second on the team in tackles (six) and disruptive rushing the passer. He also defensed a third down pass. His roster spot should be locked up.
The Packers quarterbacks finished 16 of 37 passing for 163 yards and one interception. Young and Coleman rotated every other series in the first half; Young took every snap in the second…The running game produced just 61 yards on 24 attempts. Green Bay finished the preseason with a rushing average right at 3.0 yards a carry…Micah Hyde, Nate Palmer and Johnny Jolly had sacks…Mike Neal tallied two quarterback hits in the first half…Tramon Williams intercepted Chase Daniel on the Chiefs first play from scrimmage. Later, Brandon Smith picked off Tyler Bray…Speaking of Smith, the former receiver gave up all three of Bray’s touchdown passes…Former Packers linebacker Frank Zombo had two tackles and an interception of B.J. Coleman…Tim Masthay had a nice night, kicking nine times for 295 yards (32.3) and three kicks inside the 20-yard line.
– Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin likely eliminated himself from a role on offense to start the 2013 season. While he ran put together a couple of encouraging runs, his work in pass protection was distressingly poor. On at least three occasions, he failed to stick his block and allowed a free runner at the quarterback. There will be no way the Packers offensive staff can look at this film and feel comfortable having the fourth-round selection pick up a blitz for Aaron Rodgers.
– Micah Hyde didn’t get another extended look Thursday night, but his roster spot wasn’t dependent on it. He still looked active during his brief stint, especially near the line of scrimmage. His stat line included a tackle for a one-yard gain and a sack. Hyde continues to play like a poor man’s Charles Woodson.
– Vince Young is still the most likely candidate to be the Packers backup, but he didn’t exactly lock down the role Thursday. Maybe it’s hard to fault him while playing behind a poor second- and third-team offensive line. But he did finish the night just 14 of 30 passing for 144 yards, good for a 60.0 passer rating. While he can still make plays with his legs, Young still holds the ball too long (two fumbles) and struggles with accuracy. Who knows what to take from his performance.
–The Packers depth on offense bordered on comical Thursday night.
Zach Kruse is a 25-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covered prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at email@example.com.