Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur said he had planned to play his starters in last night’s third preseason game against the Oakland Raiders in Winnipeg. However, field turf issues in each end zone saw both teams remove their starters from any playing consideration, meaning this game would be decided by the backups.
Tim Boyle led the Packers to three straight touchdown drives in the second quarter, throwing touchdown passes to Trevor Davis and Jake Kumerow, finishing 16 of 25 for 191 yards. The Packers took a 21-10 lead into the locker room at halftime. But the Raiders scored all 12-points in the second half, including a last second 33-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson, lifting Oakland to a 22-21 victory over the Packers (1-2).
Both teams weren’t satisfied with the condition of the field after the Canadian Football League goalposts left big holes that needed to be filled. So they agreed to shorten the field to 80-yards and eliminated kickoffs for the game. It meant the 10-yard line would now represent the new goal lines and the real [Read more…]