The question of whether the Green Bay Packers carry two or three quarterbacks on their final 53-man roster didn’t get any easier to answer Thursday night as Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien each threw two touchdown passes in Green Bay’s 34-14 thumping of the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field.
The two quarterbacks split repetitions by quarter, with Flynn going 7-for-15 for 102 yards and Tolzien finishing 12-for-18 for 139 yards.
The Packers (3-1) opened the scoring with 5:38 to go in the first quarter, capping a 12-play, 86-yard drive with a 22-yard pass from Flynn to second-round pick Davonte Adams.
Green Bay made it 10-0 early in the second quarter when Mason Crosby booted a 29-yard field goal and the Pack went up 17-0 midway through the period on a 33-yard pass from Tolzien to seventh-round pick Jeff Janis.
Crosby put Green Bay up 20-0 with a 42-yard field goal with 5:11 to go in the first half before Kansas City (1-3) finally got on the board with 3:21 to go in the half on a 2-yard pass from Tyler Bray to Richard Gordon.
LaDarius Perkins hauled in an 11-yard reception from Flynn in the third quarter and Joe McKnight scored from a yard out for the Chiefs to make it a 27-14 game after three periods.
The Packers got the final score with 9:43 remaining on a 6-yard pass from Tolzien to Myles White.
Green Bay dominated a Chiefs defense that appeared to be lost at times, racking up 28 first downs and 379 total yards. Kansas City had 281 total yards on the night.
Perkins paced the rushing attack for Green Bay with 45 yards on eight carries, while Michael Hill finished with 40 yards on 13 attempts.
Twelve different Packers caught passes, paced by White’s four catches for 36 yards and a score. Tight end Jake Stoneburner had three receptions for 35 yards, Adams finished with two grabs for 35 yards and Alex Gillett caught two balls for 23 yards.
Defrensively, Carl Bradford had seven tackles, Jayrone Elliott recorded another sack, Adrian Hubbard had a sack and Jarrett Bush made six tackles and intercepted a pass.
In the return game, Janis had 26 yards on three punt returns and also ran back a kickoff 62 yards. Kevin Dorsey had two kickoff returns for 46 yards.
Penalties continued to be a thing this preseason, with a total of 23 infractions marked off in the game for 212 yards—Kansas City was flagged 14 times for 131 yards and the Packers had 81 yards marched off on nine penalties.
Each team had a turnover; White lost a fumble that was recovered by former Packers linebacker Frank Zombo.
The deadline to get down to the 53-man roster limit is 3 p.m. Central on Saturday.
“We’ve hit the targets,” coach Mike McCarthy told reporters after the game. “Now we’ve got the next 48 hours … the worst part of our jobs.”
Janis came to camp as a long shot to make the final roster, but he might have played his way onto it after racking up 121 all-purpose yards and a touchdown on just five touches.
“I know I’ve got a lot more work to do and a lot more things that I need to work on,” Janis said. “So, you’ve just got to hope for the best.”
Elliott’s sack gave him five on the preseason as the undrafted free agent from Toledo hopes to latch on to a backup spot at outside linebacker.