Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) walks off the field
after a 20-12 win over the Oakland Raiders an NFL preseason
football game in Green Bay, Wis., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
GREEN BAY — Eddie
Lacy's powerful running early on helped propel the Green Bay Packers
to a 20-12 win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.
Lacy had nine carries
for 45 yards, capped by a 1-yard touchdown dive on third-and-goal, to
highlight a 14-play, 74-yard drive to start the game as the Packers
again played without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"It shows what
we're capable of doing," Lacy said. "And as long as we're
all on the same page, we can pretty much have a lot of drives like
The night was over at
that point for Lacy, who made Mike McCarthy happy in the offseason by
slimming down after the coach was critical of the lead back's playing
weight at the end of last season.
With a healthy
Rodgers again held out of game action, second-year backup Brett
Hundley made the start in his preseason debut.
But after directing
the early touchdown drive, which used more than half of the clock in
the first quarter, Hundley left the game early in the second quarter
after he reinjured his left ankle.
McCarthy said the
team's medical staff doesn't consider the setback to be as bad as the
original injury that sidelined Hundley for two weeks before he
returned to practice this week.
The Packers' rushing
attack carried the offense with 145 yards, including a 10-yard
touchdown run by third-string back John Crockett.
Bay Packers tight end Kennard Backman (86) is tackled by Oakland
Raiders defensive end Greg Townsend (94) during the second half
of an NFL preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis., Thursday,
Aug. 18, 2016.
Derek Carr ran
Oakland's offense for a half Thursday, but wasn't effective.
starter completed 9 of 13 passes for just 38 yards and had an
underthrown pass to standout receiver Amari Cooper picked off by
Raiders running back
Latavius Murray had six carries for 19 yards against a Green Bay
defense that was without three key starters, including linebackers
Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.
Matthews and Peppers,
who have yet to play in the preseason, have been threatened with
suspensions by the NFL if they don't cooperate with the league's
investigation of the players' alleged link to performance-enhancing
Bay Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins (28) runs after making an
interception on a pass intended for Oakland Raiders wide
receiver K.J. Brent (80) during the second half of an NFL
preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis., Thursday, Aug. 18,
A day after the
Packers activated Jordy Nelson from the physically unable to perform
list, the star receiver suited up for and participated in pregame
"It was good to
get back out there," Nelson said. "Obviously, it's another
step in the right direction."
Nelson was out since
the start of training camp with an injury to his left knee, which he
called "a hiccup."
After he missed the
2015 season because of a torn ACL in his right knee, it's uncertain if
Nelson could play Green Bay's next exhibition game, Aug. 26 at San
Francisco, when Rodgers expects to have extended playing time.
All-Pro defensive end
Khalil Mack had a big first half for the Raiders in pressuring the
One of Mack's two
quarterback hits forced Hundley to leave the game after Hundley
managed to complete a pass of 31 yards to Davante Adams.
Mack later dominated
Packers backup rookie left tackle Jason Spriggs on back-to-back plays
with a sack of Joe Callahan and then pressuring Callahan into an
Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) scrambles away from Green
Bay Packers linebacker Reggie Gilbert (93) during the second
half of an NFL preseason football game in Green Bay, Wis.,
Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.
Raiders: Starting DE
Mario Edwards Jr. (hip) and TE Gabe Holmes (ankle) are out
indefinitely after getting hurt in the preseason opener last week.
Undrafted rookie RB Jalen Richard (knee) missed a second straight
Packers: Veteran S
Morgan Burnett remains sidelined because of a back injury that flared
up before last week's first game. Micah Hyde again made the start in
the kind of sharp showing we're looking for. A lot of things we can
learn from and move on. That's what we have to do." — Coach
Jack Del Rio on the team's performance.
Raiders: QB Connor
Cook, the team's fourth-round draft pick, went 6 of 9 for 101 yards.
He had a fourth-quarter pass intercepted by Josh Hawkins.
Packers: DE Dean
Lowry, a fourth-round draft choice, started in Green Bay's base
defense for the second straight game.
Raiders: Top backup
Matt McGloin was 2 of 5 for 2 yards before giving way to Cook late in
the third quarter.
Packers: Hundley went
5 of 7 for 67 yards before leaving with the injury. . Callahan, who
started the first preseason game, was 9 of 17 for 65 yards. Fellow
undrafted rookie Marquise Williams finished, but didn't throw a pass.
Justin McInnes was
the line judge for the game, marking the first time a current Canadian
Football League official worked an NFL game.
McInnes was part of
an eight-man crew led by referee Bill Vinovich on Thursday.
Two other CFL
officials are working NFL exhibition games this week as part of the
two leagues' officiating development program.