Packers vs. Cardinals: Offense, Defense & Special Teams

One thing to watch for in each phase of the game as the Packers take on the Cardinals in tonight's preseason home opener at Lambeau Field.

Three things to watch for in each phase of the game as the Green Bay Packers prepare to host the Arizona Cardinals tonight at Lambeau Field in their preseason home opener...

  • Offense: Comfort level of the offensive line––T.J. Lang is getting the start at left guard this week after rookie Derek Sherrod got the starting nod in last week's first preseason game. Lang has an opportunity to claim the full-time role with a good performance. But aside from him, it's worth watching how some of the younger players improve from week to week. With Lang at guard, Sherrod might see more time at left tackle, where it's important he settle in if he'll be Chad Clifton's backup as well. On the right side, Marshall Newhouse must have a better showing than last week when he was beat by speed moves off the edge. A week of practice at right tackle should only help. And Nick McDonald continues to make the transition at center. If he's going to be active on regular season game days, he has to prove it.
  • Defense: Splitting playing time at outside linebacker––With Clay Matthews likely sitting out of tonight's game with hamstring tightness, Frank Zombo and Erik Walden figure to get playing time on opposite sides of the defensive line rather than competing with each other for playing time. Just in case Matthews' injury lingers, it's worth watcing how comfortable they are on the left side of the line. And even when they depart, tonight will be a chance for Brad Jones, Ricky Elmore, Vic So'0to and Jamari Lattimore to state their case to make the 53-man roster.
  • Special teams: Green on kick returns––After sitting out of the first preseason game with a quad injury, Green will see the field for the first time as a professional. He'll probably get a few opportunities to return kickoffs, and he'll need to have an impressive performance if he's going to prevent Randall Cobb from handling that role. Green will have to show he can both cleanly field the ball and show an explosiveness that can rival Cobb if he's going to have any chance to wrestle that duty away.
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BrianD's picture

August 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Finley
YOTTO 2011 Ed. begins tonight

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Tim's picture

August 19, 2011 at 07:14 pm

Does anyone know how I can stream this game online?

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