Packers Get 27-13 Win In Third Preseason Game, Benson Shines
The Packers had their third preseason game last night and they finally came out a winner; 27-13 over the Bengals.
After losing the first two preseason games and looking a little rocky, QB Aaron Rodgers completed 12-of-22 passes for 154 yards and an interception and added six rushes for 52 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals in the win. Offensively, the Packers did some things and had some reasons to be optimistic.
Greg Jennings looks to be over his concussion problems: he caught two passes for 37 yards, but the real story of the night was the running of newly acquired, former Bengal Cedric Benson.
The bruising Benson rushed six times for 38 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards against the Bengals in his 2012 preseason debut.Alex Green (5 rushes, 10 yards) started the game, but Benson came on for the second series. The veteran looked spry, picking up eight and nine yards on inside draws before adding another 11-yard run and the 10-yard reception. Expected to open the season as the starter, Benson may now project as the Packers #1 back.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Bob McGinn believes it’s been a long time since a Packers running back has “looked like a real back” to the extent that Cedric Benson did Thursday night. McGinn is one of the most respected beat writers in the country.
Packers players were equally abuzz following Benson’s debut. Asked what the veteran brings to the offense, Greg Jennings replied, “If nothing else, (it was) a ‘Woo, did you see that?’ Jennings said that Benson brought a lot of excitement to the team and the fans and said Jennings believes Benson is going to be a huge asset in this offense.
Benson compared himself to a “kid in a candy store” facing soft defensive fronts in the Packers’ up-tempo, no-huddle offense. He was much more impressive than Alex Green while rotating series versus the Bengals. James Starks has been reportedly on the bubble to even make the Packers team, so this debut from Benson will do nothing to quell that talk.
The Packers will finish their preseason next Thursday night at Lambeau Field against the Chiefs.