As good as the Green Bay Packers played in their 20-12 win over the Oakland Raiders, they had their share of things that they will be working on next week as they prepare for the San Francisco 49ers. The Raiders game was a good test for the Packers because they were facing a team that had a lot of young talent and they were led by a good coach in Jack Del Rio.
So here’s a look at a couple ways the Packers can improve.
Tighten up special teams
Overall, the special teams played well, especially Trevor Davis who had a couple of big kick returns in the win. But the punt team can clean some things up between now and next Friday.
Punter Tim Masthay had a night he would like to forget. First, he had a short punt of 36 yards in the first quarter, which led to the Raiders returning the punt for 36 yards. Then late in the fourth quarter, Masthay’s punt was blocked by the Raiders and recovered in the end zone by Nate Allen to cut the Packers lead to eight. If Masthay keeps it up, Green Bay native Peter Mortell could end up wining the job.
Protect the quarterback
Aaron Rodgers was sacked over 40 times last season. The Packers added two offensive linemen in draft, but their second round pick, Jason Spriggs, had a tough time handling Raiders pass rusher Kahil Mack.
Srpiggs was the one that allowed Mack to hit Brett Hundley low, which caused him to have an ankle injury. Shortly after that, Mack got past the Spriggs to sack Joe Callahan, and on the next play Mack got past Spriggs again which led to Callahan to be pressured and throw the ball away.
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