The third preseason game is all important for measuring if the starters are ready. What should the Oakland Raiders expect against the Green Bay Packers?
Subplot: Reggie McKenzie comes home
It wasn’t that long ago that Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie was in the Green Bay front office helping them build a Super Bowl champion. Now he returns at the head of his own team, intent on seeing how it measures up against one of the best teams in the NFL. How Oakland performs should give McKenzie plenty of ideas for the future about what changes may or may not have to be made.
Don’t let Aaron Rodgers go off
With it being the third preseason game, the Oakland Raiders figure to see the Packers starters for at least a half and probably into the third quarter. That means a heavy dose of All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers. What better way to test their rebuilt defense? Green Bay will certainly try to run the football with Eddie Lacy, but there is no question Rodgers is the focal point. So it will rest on a combined effort of the defensive front headed by Justin Tuck and rookie Khalil Mack and a secondary featuring former Packer Charles Woodson and news corners like Tarrell Brown to make sure the guy doesn’t have a big night for however long he’s on the field.
Ride Darren McFadden and the ground game
Aside from playing great defense, a good way for the Oakland Raiders to control Rodgers and the Packers attack is by keeping them off the field. That means controlling the clock which means running the football. If ever there was a preseason game that Darren McFadden could show he’s ready to finally earn his draft status, it would be this one. Not only would he help himself and the defense by playing well, he could also help the offensive line control the Green Bay pass rush headlined by Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.
Prediction: Packers win 27-20