PRESEASON - Green Bay Packers (2-2) 38, New Orleans Saints (0-4) 10
Thursday September 3rd 2015 (at Green Bay)
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(GREEN BAY) - Based on what he's done this preseason for the Green Bay Packers, rookie Brett Hundley may someday turn into a starting quarterback in the NFL. The New Orleans Saints would just like to find decent replacements in their depleted secondary before the regular season starts in less than two weeks. Hundley threw for four scores, Myles White made a case for a spot in the Packers' injury-stricken receiving corps with two touchdowns, and Green Bay finished the preseason with a 38-10 win Thursday night over winless New Orleans. "He has a lot in front of him," coach Mike McCarthy said about Hundley. "He has a lot to learn." Hundley will likely get to do it as the third-string quarterback behind NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and top backup Scott Tolzien. Hundley connected with Larry Pinkard on a 77-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the third quarter for the Packers (2-2). Pinkard had a highlight-reel play that the roster longshot needed to make an impression with cuts looming, though he later left with a sprained shoulder. Receiver Jeff Janis also had a touchdown catch. He's among the young players vying to help fill the void left by the season-ending knee injury to top wideout Jordy Nelson. "We're going to have tough decisions to make," McCarthy said. The Saints' defense helped make it look easy. Pinkard's long touchdown came after safety Pierre Warren slipped and cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste lost a race to the end zone. Cornerback Kyle Wilson had an interception but was called for two penalties. "We'll have to watch the tape, but I thought we struggled at corner," Saints coach Sean Payton said. Cornerback Brandon Browner and safety Jairus Byrd have both been sidelined for all or much of camp with injuries. Other observations:
SAINTS RECEIVERS - Willie Snead, vying for a Saints receiver spot, caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Luke McCown on the first New Orleans drive. He finished with three catches for 31 yards. "I produced, I put good stuff on tape, so hopefully the coaches like what I've done and they keep me on," Snead said.
BACKING BREES - McCown started and was 5 of 5 for 82 yards in his only series. Drew Brees was among the many regulars who were held out with the regular season starting in less than two weeks. With backup jobs at stake, Ryan Griffin took over for McCown and went 7 of 13 for 56 yards. Rookie Garrett Grayson, who was drafted in the third round, played the second half and moved the ball effectively at times, finishing 8 of 19 for 71 yards but throwing two interceptions.
BACKING RODGERS -  Tolzien, who started on Thursday with Rodgers watching in sweats. He finished 7 of 11 for 41 yards, leaving early in the second quarter. A fifth-round draft pick out of UCLA, Hundley flashed promise for a second straight game, showing zip on his passes while moving the offense effectively. He was 16 of 23 for 236 yards.
NO LETDOWN - Playing without most of its starters for the majority of the game, the Packers defense shut out the Saints after the first quarter. Tay Glover-Wright and Chris Banjo had interceptions.
INJURIES - Pinkard's 77-yard touchdown was his only catch of the night. He struggled making it up the wall for his first Lambeau Leap. "I barely had enough gas," Pinkard said. Like other players on the bubble, Pinkard said he's going to be nervous the next few days. He also said he was going to be fine after his shoulder injury. "I definitely believe I did grab a few people's attention tonight," Pinkard said.
OFFICIAL TEST - The NFL experimented with a six-man officiating crew for two series in the fourth quarter, with referee Jeff Triplette watching from the sideline. Phil Luckett, the NFL associate supervisor of officials, said it was a test that was supposed to be held at all 16 preseason games on Thursday night. "Just to get a little experience working six-man, in case it happens during the season," Luckett said.
                       NEW ORLEANS   GREEN BAY
First downs                     15          21
Rushes-yards                 20-61      30-115
Net Passing yards              200         275
Passing (Att-Comp-Int)     37-20-2     34-23-1
Sacked-Yards Lost              1-9         1-2
Punts-Average               6-45.7      4-43.0
Fumbles                        2-0         1-0
Penalties-Yards               9-71        4-46
Time of Possession           26:39       33:22
NEW ORLEANS - 10   0   0   0  - 10
GREEN BAY   -  0  10   7  21  - 38
1st - NO - Willis Snead, 7-yard pass from Luke McCown (Dustin Hopkins kick) NEW ORLEANS 7-0
1st - NO - Hopkins, 21-yard field goal NEW ORLEANS 10-0
2nd - GB - Mason Crosby, 54-yard field goal NEW ORLEANS 10-3
2nd - GB - Jeff Janis, 14-yard pass from Brett Hundley (Crosby kick) TIED 10-10
3rd - GB - Larry Pinkard, 77-yard pass from Hundley (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
4th - GB - Myles White, 2-yard pass from Hundley (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 24-10
4th - GB - White, 3-yard pass from Hundley (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 31-10
4th - GB - John Crockett, 15-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 38-10
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - John Crockett 8-42, 1 TD, Alonzo Harris 13-41, Raijon Neal 5-20, Brett Hundley 4-12
NEW ORLEANS - Tim Hightower 8-34, Edwin Baker 5-13, Marcus Murphy 6-12, Toben Opurum 1-2
PASSING
Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley runs for a first down during the second quarter Thursday. - Image credit: Mark Hoffman
Green Bay Packers fullback Aaron Ripkowski reels in a pass for short yardage before being tackled by New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Ashaad Mabry. - Image credit: Mark Hoffman
GREEN BAY - Scott Tolzien 11-7-41 1 INT, Brett Hundley 23-16-236 4 TD
NEW ORLEANS - Luke McCown 5-5-82 1 TD, Garrett Grayson 19-8-71 2 INT, Ryan Griffin 13-7-56
RECEIVING
GREEN BAY - John Crockett 4-49, Myles White 4-46 2 TD, Raijon Neal 4-30, Andrew Quarless 3-18, Jeff Janis 2-21 1 TD, Larry Pinkard 1-77 1 TD, Kennard Backman 1-20, Mitchell Henry 1-11, John Kuhn 1-6, Jared Abbrederis 1-6, Aaron Ripowski 1-3
NEW ORLEANS - Brandon Coleman 4-82, Willie Snead 3-31 1 TD, Toben Opurum 3-17, Marcus Murphy 3-8, Joseph Morgan 2-27, Tim Hightower 2-9, Josh Morgan 2-22, Orson Charles 1-13