Aug 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jeff Janis (83) runs after a catch for a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers: 'A well-oiled machine'

Aaron Rodgers appeared to be in midseason-form and led the Green Bay Packers first-stringers to two 12-play 80-plus yard scoring drives on Saturday against the St. Louis Rams.

The Packers unveiled a no-huddle pace with speed that could make even Chip Kelly blush.

You can’t usually take a whole lot away from the preseason, but cheeseheads across the country are ecstatic with what they saw Saturday evening.

Eddie Lacy continued to show his wrecking ball, yet nimble skills as he gashed the front of the St. Louis Rams defense. Lacy was good for five yards per-carry and ended his quick evening with 5 carries and 25 yards. The former Crimson Tide player looked impressive.

1137580Randall Cobb continues to remind me of Wes Welker but is an even better red zone target. Cobb will catch balls on any part of the field and almost always seems to be open. Rodgers’ footwork, which is probably his most underrated quality of his game, allowed Cobb to peek free and catch a three-yard touchdown pass to give the Pack an early 7-0 lead.

Number 12 never ceases to amaze. His accuracy was on display in his first appearance of the preseason. Completing 11-of-13 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown. Rodgers had the wheels on the bus turning at full-throttle with the no-huddle offense scoring on his only two drives. 24 plays, 166 yards, 10 minutes 43 seconds and 10 points was a solid debut to say the least.

Rodgers even looked great on a 14-yard scramble that ultimately had every Green Bay Packers fan that was tuned in holding their breath.

The kicking game seems to have picked up where it left off last season as well. Mason Crosby has all but put the 2012 season in the rearview mirror. Crosby was 2/2 good from 31 and 49 yards out. Tim Masthay also looked great as he averaged 47.8 yards per-punt on five punts while placing three inside the 20.

Mason Crosby has regained his confidence

Mason Crosby. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix recorded his first career sack – though we all know it doesn’t count. He was also introduced to the great players make up the NFL. With almost perfect coverage Sam Bradford still somehow placed one in a two-inch window to Lance Kendricks on the rookie for the Rams only touchdown.

Packers fans’ excitement and hope also grew for rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis. Janis hauled in a short pass and took off like he stole something while blistering the Rams secondary for a 34-yard touchdown. The rookie also had one punt return good for nine yards. Many fans are hoping this will be his most important role of the 2014 season and improve the return game that has lacked for several years.

Just as predicted, however, Jayrone Elliot stole the show. The 6-3 undrafted linebacker from Toledo had an explosive series and tallied three sacks while forcing a fumble – a very pleasant surprise for the green and gold.

The Packers had plenty of performances from many players that left plenty of excitement in Titletown. From Aaron Rodgers to the seven total sacks the defensive unit turned in Saturday evening, the Packers appear to be a well-oiled-machine.

The Packers may have struck oil in the seventh-round yet again at wide receiver. Jeff Janis is a name that could very well become common with the speed that couples the athletic specimen.

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