The Green Bay Packers no-huddle offense produced 22 first-half points en route to a 31-21 preseason win over the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field Friday night.
Aaron Rodgers was 9-for-20 for 139 yards and threw two touchdown passes and Eddie Lacy capped the opening drive with a 1-yard touchdown run as the Packers (2-1) ran out to a 31-7 lead before the Raiders (1-2) got a couple of late touchdowns behind third-string quarterback Matt McGloin.
In the battle for the No. 2 quarterbacking job, Scott Tolzien might have taken a step ahead of Matt Flynn after going 8-for-11 for 107 yards and a touchdown. Flynn struggled, going 4-for-10 for 37 yards and an interception.
DuJuan Harris ran the ball well, gaining 56 yards on 12 carries, while Lacy finished with 36 yards on just six carries. None of the other backs stood out, with James Starks going for nine yards on seven carries, Ladarius Perkins gaining just five yards on six carries and Michael Hill netting four yards on four attempts.
Tight end Jake Stoneburner, fighting for a roster spot, was the only Packer with more than two receptions, finishing with three grabs for 29 yards.
Lacy opened the scoring, capping a seven-play, 73-yard march with a 1-yard plunge that was capped by Rodgers hitting Nelson for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 Packer lead.
The big play on the drive was the California Rodgers-to-Rodgers connection as Aaron Rodgers hit rookie tight end Richard Rodgers with a short toss over the middle that Rodgers turned into a 32-yard gain. Lacy also had a 17-yard run on the drive.
Oakland made it 8-7 when Maurice Jones-Drew found a seam for a 40-yard touchdown run with 9:23 to go in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Rodgers and Nelson combined for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion failed and the Pack went up 14-7.
Rodgers found more success over the middle as Harris took a short toss and picked up 31 yards.
The Packers then put together a 66-yard, 14-play march in the no-huddle, capped by Rodgers hitting Andrew Quarless for a 6-yard score with 5:58 to go in the first half. Harris had runs of nine and 17 yards on the drive and also hauled in a pass over the middle for 11 yards. Starks also took a toss in the flat for 23 yards.
Mason Crosby kicked a 41-yard field goal with 4:10 to go in the third quarter that put Green Bay up 25-7 and with 10:44 left in the game, Tolzien and Alex Gillett connected for a 15-yard scoring pass.
Oakland got two late scores when McGloin hit Brice Butler for a 19-yard touchdown with 2:41 to go and the same tandem hooked up for a 28-yard scoring pass with 11 seconds to go.
The penalty flags were still flying fast and furious as the teams combined for 20 accepted penalties for 193 yards, including 11 for 109 yards marched off against the green-and-gold.
The Raiders lost a pair of fumbles, one each from starting quarterback Matt Schaub and running back Kory Sheets. Schaub was 13-for-27 for 110 yards, while McGloin was 10-for-17 for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie Derek Carr did not play because of a concussion and a rib injury sustained last week.
Julius Peppers had a sack and two tackles for loss, while Jayrone Elliott notched another sacks—giving him four in the last two week. Nick Perry had Green Bay’s other sack. Davon House broke up three passes.
The Packers wrap up preseason play on Thursday at Lambeau Field when they host the Kansas City Chiefs at 7 p.m.