The Green Bay Packers got their first look at quarterback Aaron Rodgers running their new-look no-huddle offense Saturday against the St. Louis Rams.
All Rodgers did was complete 11-of-13 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown and lead the Packers to scores on each of his two drives as Green Bay (1-1) got its first preseason win, 21-7, at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Packers’ defense looked solid as well, limiting St. Louis (0-2) to just 216 yards and notching seven sacks.
Green Bay took the opening kickoff and raced downfield, flying 86 yards in 12 plays, capped by a 3-yard pass from Rodgers to Randall Cobb on a scramble.
Rodgers picked up 14 yards on a scramble and Eddie Lacy—also making his preseason debut—picked up an 18-yard gain on a short pass from Rodgers to set up the score.
On that first drive, Rodgers was 6-for-6 for 47 yards and the score.
The Packers appeared to get into the end zone again on a laser beam from Rodgers to Jordy Nelson in the front corner of the end zone, but that score was negated by a hands-to-the-face penalty on left tackle David Bakhtiari, and Green Bay settled for a 31-yard field goal by Mason Crosby to go up 10-0.
The Rams got their only score on their next possession, marching 76 yards in eight plays.
Sam Bradford hooked up with Brian Quick for 41 yards on the first play of the drive to get into Packer territory and the drive was extended when cornerback Sam Shields was flagged for interference against Quick on a third-and-7.
After the first units left the game, the execution of the game became much less crisp.
Green Bay had another touchdown taken off the board midway through the third quarter. Scott Tolzien had connected with Myles White for a 4-yard score, but another hands to the face penalty—this one on rookie center Corey Linsley—negated the score.
However, White had gotten flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, as well.
The Packers went for it on fourth down from the St. Louis 5, but Tolzien’s pass was a bit too strong for tight end Andrew Quarless, who pushed off on the play anyway.
The Packers got on the board again late in the third quarter when Matt Flynn threw a short pass over the middle to seventh-round pick Jeff Janis, who outran everyone for a 34-yard score.
Green Bay went for two and got it when Flynn found Davonte Adams in the end zone.
Crosby closed the scoring with a 49-yard field goal with 6:46 remaining in the game.
Tolzien was also solid, going 10-for-15 for 107 yards, while Flynn was 2-for-3 for 44 yards and a score, but he took two sacks, including one by St. Louis rookie Michael Sam before Crosby’s second field goal.
DuJuan Harris paced the ground game with 32 yards on seven carries. Lacy only played on the first series and had 25 yards in five attempts and caught two balls for 22 yards. Ladarius Perkins carried seven times for 25 yards.
The Packers had seven sacks, three of them in the fourth quarter by rookie linebacker Jayrone Elliott—including a strip sack on the Rams’ fourth quarterback, Austin Davis.
But there were also 22 penalties in the game, including 12 against the Packers for 95 yards.
Green Bay outgained the Rams 386-216, but was just 1-for-4 in the red zone, while St. Louis had the only turnover of the game on Elliott’s strip in the fourth quarter.
The Packers also got through the game mostly healthy, although tight end Brandon Bostick did leave with what was called a lower-leg injury and did not return.
Green Bay will be home for the remainder of the preseason, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. when they host the Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Lambeau Field in a game being broadcast nationally on CBS.