Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Out with the old [Favre]; in with the new [Rodgers]

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers prepares in the bench area for a preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., Monday evening, Aug. 11, 2008.


It's been a long time coming. Two seasons short of his contract expiration, Aaron Rodgers finally started a game! Preseason games don't officially count towards official stats, but this was still his first ever start with the Packers.

Our photo staff is most preoccupied with what we'll call Favre-cam now (our photographer who was solely dedicated to shooting all-things-Favre during the game). Any suggestions?

Rodgers throws a pass in the first quarter.

The new QB played every series in the first quarter of play. That was surprising for a preseason game (the more you play, the greater the chances of injury before the big games begin). But with an interception and a couple sacks the first few drives (none of which, I think, were his fault), I guess they wanted to give Rodgers a chance to prove himself.

And prove himself he did. Rodgers completed a pass to Green Bay Packers Ruvell Martin (82) over Cincinnati Bengals David Jones (20) in the first quarter.

Rodgers finally got some protection behind the line...

Green Bay Packers Tramon Williams (38) breaks up a pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Glenn Holt (16) in the first quarter.

The Packers defense looks pretty solid. I don't think the Bengals are the best in the world but they're not a pushover team, either. The Pack held Cincinnati to 14 yards of offense in the first three series.

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