Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Jeff Janis catches a touchdown pass as Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers win, 34-14; Janis, quarterbacks star

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the final 2014 preseason tilt, 34-14, a game dominated by the strong play of quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien, a breakout game from wide receiver Jeff Janis and once again, injuries.

But in the end, it was Head Coach Mike McCarthy who was joking and smiling on the sidelines, despite the fact that he and General Manager Ted Thompson will be very busy over the next couple of days reshaping their roster and breaking it down to 53 men on the roster and 10 on the practice squad.

 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Together, Flynn and Tolzien were 20-of-33 passing for 241 yards and four touchdowns … together, they put up a 122.6 quarterback rating, which will certainly keep us all on pins and needles wondering whether the Packers will keep three quarterbacks or two.

Running back LaDarius Perkins also took advantage of his opportunity tonight, scoring a touchdown on a screen pass from Flynn and running with determination and power. Others who stood out were Jumal Rolle and Jaryone Elliott, playing well enough to secure a spot on the roster.

I also like the fact that safety Chris Banjo, Myles White and Jake Stoneburner showed up and made plays when called on.

Cornerback Ryan White and defensive lineman Josh Boyd didn’t help their chances, while Mike Pennel seemed steady in the middle of the defensive line.

While Janis fielded punts smoothly and had a long kickoff return, the highlight of his night came when he pulled in a 33-yard pitch from Tolzien for  a touchdown. Pretty doesn’t describe what the rookie did tonight. Looking a lot like Jordy Nelson with more speed, Janis surely has won a spot on the final roster.

But the talk of the night and into Saturday will be the performances by both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien. While both had some poor plays, neither of them did anything to reduce their chances of making the team.

Here are their final statistics:

Green Bay Passing

C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS RTG
S. Tolzien 12/18 139 7.7 2 0 1-7 126.9
M. Flynn 7/15 102 6.8 2 0 0-0 108.9
Team 19/33 234 6.9 4 0 1-7
Tolzien seemed sharper and clearly has the stronger arm of the two, but Flynn brings a great understanding of the offense and the experience of winning games in the NFL.
So, how do the Packers decide between these two?
Do they go with just two quarterbacks so they can use the roster spot for another player at another position. If they go that route, one would think they go with the younger, less costly player – that being Tolzien. If they cut Flynn, they could also tap into him if needed during the season because the likelihood of him being picked up by another team is slim, though not out of the question. The risk might be worth cutting him now.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien runs with the ball in front of Kansas City Chiefs safety Kelcie McCray in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 34-14. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Or do they keep all three QBs and give up that roster spot?

I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision.
But with all that said, one has to agree that this has been one of the most competitive and interesting training camps in Green Bay in some time.
This team has shown incredible depth … something that will certainly be of value as the season begins next week at Seattle. When the Packers play the World Champion Seahawks, they will go in knowing that depth will benefit them throughout the year.
Closing out the preseason with a 3-1 record, the Packers finished strong against the Chiefs.
Here are statistics from this final game as we await the roster cuts coming down the pike over the course of this weekend.

Team Stat Comparison

KC
GB
1st Downs 18 28
Passing 1st downs
7 13
Rushing 1st downs
7 9
1st downs from penalties
4 6
3rd down efficiency
5-13 6-13
4th down efficiency
1-3 1-3
Total Plays 56 72
Total Yards 281 379
Yards per play 5.0 5.3
Total Drives 9 10
Passing 174 234
Comp-Att
17-32 19-33
Yards per pass
5.1 6.9
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-15 1-7
Rushing 107 145
Rushing Attempts
22 38
Yards per rush
4.9 3.8
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-2 2-3
Penalties 14-131 9-81
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost
0 1
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 25:51 34:09

 

Kansas City Passing
C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS RTG
T. Bray 8/15 116 7.7 1 1 1-10 73.2
A. Murray 5/10 39 3.9 0 0 0-0 60.0
C. Daniel 4/7 34 4.9 0 0 1-5 69.9
Team 17/32 174 5.1 1 1 2-15

Green Bay Passing

C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS RTG
S. Tolzien 12/18 139 7.7 2 0 1-7 126.9
M. Flynn 7/15 102 6.8 2 0 0-0 108.9
Team 19/33 234 6.9 4 0 1-7

Kansas City Rushing

CAR YDS AVG TD LG
J. McKnight 10 50 5.0 1 13
C. Gray 4 27 6.8 0 18
K. Davis 6 24 4.0 0 11
A. Murray 1 3 3.0 0 3
C. Daniel 1 3 3.0 0 3
Team 22 107 4.9 1 18

Green Bay Rushing

CAR YDS AVG TD LG
L. Perkins 8 45 5.6 0 22
M. Hill 13 40 3.1 0 11
D. Harris 5 20 4.0 0 10
J. Starks 5 17 3.4 0 9
S. Tolzien 5 12 2.4 0 9
M. Flynn 2 11 5.5 0 6
Team 38 145 3.8 0 22

Kansas City Receiving

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
A. Jenkins 1 45 45.0 0 45 3
F. Williams 3 44 14.7 0 17 7
A. Wilson 4 34 8.5 0 13 4
M. Harrison 1 15 15.0 0 15 2
K. Davis 2 11 5.5 0 7 2
D. Harris 1 10 10.0 0 10 7
T. Kelce 1 8 8.0 0 8 1
F. Hammond Jr. 1 8 8.0 0 8 1
J. McKnight 1 7 7.0 0 7 2
D. Thomas 1 5 5.0 0 5 1
R. Gordon 1 2 2.0 1 2 1
C. Gray 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Team 17 189 11.1 1 45 32

Green Bay Receiving

REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
M. White 4 36 9.0 1 11 5
J. Stoneburner 3 35 11.7 0 18 4
D. Adams 2 35 17.5 1 22 4
J. Janis 1 33 33.0 1 33 2
A. Gillett 2 23 11.5 0 14 3
R. Taylor 1 19 19.0 0 19 2
R. Rodgers 1 17 17.0 0 17 1
L. Perkins 1 11 11.0 1 11 1
K. Dorsey 1 11 11.0 0 11 3
J. Boykin 1 9 9.0 0 9 3
M. Hill 1 6 6.0 0 6 1
A. Quarless 1 6 6.0 0 6 3
D. Harris 0 0 0.0 0 0 1
Team 19 241 12.7 4 33 33

Kansas City Fumbles

FUM LOST REC
F. Zombo 0 0 1
Team 0 0 1

Green Bay Fumbles

FUM LOST REC
M. White 1 1 0
Team 1 1 0

Kansas City Defensive

TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
K. McCray 7 7 0 0 1 0 0
F. Zombo 7 6 0 0 0 1 0
N. Johnson 6 5 0 1 0 0 0
J. Amaya 6 5 0 0 0 0 0
D. Sorensen 5 4 0 1 1 0 0
J. Rogers 3 3 0 0 1 0 0
M. Bronson 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Howard 3 2 0 1 0 1 0
J. Mauga 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Hamilton 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Love 2 2 1 1 0 1 0
D. Van Dyke 2 2 0 0 2 0 0
A. Jenkins 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
A. Highsmith 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Ford 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Schwenke 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Johnson 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
V. Walker 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
D. Walker 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
R. Parker 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Cooper 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
F. Williams 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Harrison 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
P. Gaines 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 67 55 1 6 6 4 0

Green Bay Defensive

TACKLES MISC
TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
C. Bradford 7 4 0 0 0 0 0
C. Banjo 6 6 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bush 6 5 0 0 1 0 0
N. Palmer 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Elliott 3 3 1 1 0 1 0
H. Clinton-Dix 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Doughty 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
S. Barrington 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
J. Rolle 2 2 0 0 1 0 0
C. Gray 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Hubbard 1 1 1 1 0 1 0
D. House 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. Perry 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Hayward 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Richardson 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Mulumba 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
M. White 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Vujnovich 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
R. White 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Miller 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Guion 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 49 41 2 2 2 3 0

Kansas City Interceptions

INT YDS TD
No Interceptions

Green Bay Interceptions

INT YDS TD
J. Bush 1 0 0
Team 1 0 0

Kansas City Kick Returns

NO YDS AVG LG TD
A. Wilson 3 60 20.0 26 0
F. Hammond Jr. 1 49 49.0 49 0
J. McKnight 2 38 19.0 19 0
Team 6 147 24.5 49 0

Green Bay Kick Returns

NO YDS AVG LG TD
J. Janis 1 62 62.0 62 0
K. Dorsey 2 46 23.0 27 0
Team 3 108 36.0 62 0

Kansas City Punt Returns

NO YDS AVG LG TD
F. Hammond Jr. 1 0 0.0 0 0
Team 1 0 0.0 0 0

Green Bay Punt Returns

NO YDS AVG LG TD
J. Janis 3 26 8.7 10 0
Team 3 26 8.7 10 0

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