Cincinnati, OH (WHBL) - The Green Bay Packers earned their first pre-season victory last night, 27-to-13 at Cincinnati. The Green Bay starters played the entire first half, as they built up a 17-to-6 advantage. The Bengals played their starters into the third quarter – and they failed to get a touchdown on first-and-goal, as the Packer defense played its best game of the pre-season. Cedric Benson had six carries for 38 yards in his Packers’ debut against his old team. Aaron Rodgers completed 12-of-22 passes for 154 yards and an interception. His passer rating was only 57-point-eight, but that was better than the first two exhibitions. Rodgers scrambled six times for 52 yards, and he had touchdown runs of 12-and-5 yards. Green Bay’s only other T-D came in the second half, when linebacker Jamari Lattimore returned an interception 27 yards for a score. Packers’ backup quarterback Graham Harrell struggled again. He completed 5-of-12 passes for 26 yards and was sacked three times. Bengals’ quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 40 yards. And he ran for 36 more as Cincy’s leading rusher. Greg Jennings was the Packers’ leading receiver with two catches for 37 yards in his pre-season debut. Green Bay’s outside linebackers combined for one-and-a-half sacks and two other quarterback hits. Tight end Jermichael Finley missed his third straight game after his wife had a baby boy. Fifteen Packers – including four starters – were out with injuries, while the Bengals were missing 16 players. Packers’ receiver Tom Crabtree left early with a shoulder injury, on a hard hit by safety Taylor Mays. Packers’ defensive tackle Ryan Pickett left with an injured calf. The Bengals fell to 2-and-1 in the pre-season. The Packers are 1-and-2, and will host Kansas City in their exhibition finale next Thursday night.
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