Matt LaFleur got a win in his Lambeau Field debut as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers as they beat the Houston Texans 28-26 in the preseason opener.
Forcing turnovers. The Packers struggled to take the ball away from their opponents a year ago. That wasn’t the case in the preseason opener, as they forced four turnovers, including two interceptions. Second-year player Equanimeous St. Brown recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone for the first score of the night.
The Not So Good:
The running game. Matt LaFleur has said he wants to run the ball, and he committed to that with 29 attempts on the night. But it was a far from impressive night on the ground. The Packers averaged just 3.3 yards per carry. Rookie Dexter Williams flashed a little bit of his quick first step and finished with 62 yards.
J’Mon Moore, the second-year wide receiver has struggled to catch the ball and that continued. He bobbled and then caught the first ball thrown to him before dropping the second. Moore then couldn’t grab a touchdown pass that hit him in the hands. Thanks to a penalty, he got a second chance and hauled in a Tim Boyle pass for a score.
The lone starting offensive lineman to play was Lane Taylor. There was reason for that, LaFleur said he’s in competition with rookie Elgton Jenkins for the starting job.
Linebacker Oren Burks left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and didn’t return. LaFleur said he was being evaluated and didn’t have an update.
The Packers travel to Baltimore to play the Ravens next Thursday. It will be the second preseason game for each team.