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Packers-Rams: First half thoughts

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Welcome to the NFL, Eddie Lacy.  The rookie made his debut in impressive fashion with 40 rushing yards on 8 carries and one catch for 11 yards.  We already know Lacy is a big back but not only does he pick up yards after contact he seeks out contact.

 

Jermichael Finley continues to play at a higher level but is this a prelude to the regular season or a mirage?  To be sure, without Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb again Finley casts a long shadow with the first team offense.

 

Aaron Rodgers was again crisp, 10-12 for 134 yards.  And with it came points.  In fact, all three drives engineered by Rodgers ended in Rams territory.

 

David Bakhtiari finally looked like a rookie, giving up an inside move for a sack by Robert Quinn.  Otherwise another solid showing.

 

Graham Harrell entered the game midway through the second quarter.  Made one big time throw to Brandon Bostick and showed nice mobility but didn't make a lot of "wow" plays.

 

Micah Hyde gave up a huge pass play to Chris Givens and nearly gave up a touchdown but recovered after that.  He continues to help in run support and even had a nice punt return.  If he tightens up in coverage he could end up being a 5th round steal.

 

Run defense looked good again, holding the Rams to 17 rushing yards on 12 carries.

 

Other than the Givens reception the Packers were burned on Jared Cook's 37 yard catch.  Dezmon Moses and Mike Neal got a little lost in the coverage.  The Rams have a lot of speed but came away with only three explosive plays in the half.

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