GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(DENVER) - Jamaal Charles’ impressive Denver debut included four rushes for 27 yards Saturday night in the Broncos’ 20-17 preseason win over the Green Bay Packers. Charles is embarking on a comeback with the Broncos after the Chiefs released him over the winter following two injury-plagued seasons and several knee surgeries that had limited him to eight games since 2014. In addition to averaging almost seven yards a carry, Charles caught a couple of passes and got good news when he was cleared to return to the field after being evaluated for a concussion midway through his audition. Even better news would be waking up Sunday without a swollen knee or two. The Broncos have a crowded backfield as it is, but a healthy Charles could be a valuable wild card for Mike McCoy’s new offense. Von Miller also made his preseason debut and sacked Aaron Rodgers for an 11-yard loss, forcing the Packers to settle for Mason Crosby’s 52-yard field goal and ending Rodgers’ night after 10 snaps. (He was 3 for 5 for 12 yards). Miller spun past Jason Spriggs, who was subbing for injured right tackle Bryan Bulaga, and split a double team on his way to dumping Rodgers. Rodgers was harassed into the worst game of his career the last time he came to Denver in 2015. After Green Bay safety Kentrell Brice returned an interception 42 yards to the Denver 2 minutes after Rodgers was sacked, backup Brett Hundley trotted out to hand off to Ty Montgomery for the touchdown plunge and a 10-0 lead. Miller’s day was over after that play. The Broncos were careful not to expose Miller after a rash of injuries on defense claimed fellow pass rushers Shaq Barrett, Shane Ray and Derek Wolfe this offseason. Trevor Siemian, in his first game since coach Vance Joseph declared him the starting quarterback over Paxton Lynch, bounced back from his interception to lead Denver on three impressive drives, Lynch came in and got hurt on his only series. The first series was a 10-play, 75-yard drive capped by C.J. Anderson’s untouched 16-yard trot but marred by the loss of top receiver Demaryius Thomas to a groin injury. Siemian then drove the Broncos to the Green Bay 12, but Anderson was held to no gain on third-and-1 and fourth-and-1. Siemian, however, went 6 of 7 for 48 yards in the two-minute drill, and Brandon McManus kicked a 28-yard field goal to tie it at 10 as the first half expired. Siemian finished 13 of 22 for 127 yards and had one interception. The Packers managed just 102 first-half yards against a Denver defense missing six starters. Lynch guided Denver on the go-ahead scoring drive — McManus was good from 46 yards — to start the second half. The second-year QB hurt his right (throwing) shoulder on the drive, apparently when he slid on it after a scramble. He was replaced by Kyle Sloter, whose 17-yard TD pass to Hunter Sharp made it 20-10. Hundley’s 6-yard keeper made it 20-17 early in the fourth quarter.
TAKE A KNEE: Broncos right tackle Menelik Watson gave new meaning to the term “take a knee” when he proposed to his fiance after the starters were taken out of the game. Azania Stewart, a member of the British national basketball team, said yes.
STANDING UP: Broncos LB Brandon Marshall said he was considering taking a knee in a revival of his national anthem protests of last year, but he stood during the “Star Spangled Banner.” Marshall didn’t line up with his teammates, however, positioning himself several steps behind the row of Broncos players.
SCUFFLING: Two of Denver’s defenders mixed it up when fiery cornerback Aqib Talib tried to stop linebacker Todd Davis from jawing with some Packers. Talib shoved Davis in the chest and Davis took exception, removed his helmet and shoved it into Talib’s face. The scuffling continued to the sideline.
SITTING OUT: In addition to Thomas, DE Zach Kerr (knee) and S Will Parks (hip) got hurt in the first half for Denver, and Packers OLB Nick Perry was shaken up before halftime.
GREEN BAY DENVER
First downs 17 19
Rushes-yards 25-113 21-125
Net Passing yards 152 174
Passing (Att-Comp-Int) 35-23-0 31-18-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 5-46 3-11
Punts-Average 4-44.0 5-44.8
Fumbles 0 1
Penalties-Yards 9-78 11-86
Time of Possession 31:34 28:26
GREEN BAY - 10 0 0 7 - 17
DENVER - 7 3 10 0 - 20
1st - GB - Mason Crosby, 52-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
1st - GB - Ty Montgomery, 2-yard run (Crosby kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
1st - DEN - C.J. Anderson, 16-yard run (Brandon McManus kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
2nd - DEN - McManus, 28-yard field goal TIED 10-10
3rd - DEN - McManus, 46-yard field goal DENVER 13-10
3rd - DEN Hunter Sharp, 21-yard pass from Kyle Sloter (McManus kick) DENVER 20-10
4th - GB - Brett Hundley, 6-yard run (Crosby kick) DENVER 20-17
GREEN BAY - Aaron Jones 6-43, Ty Montgomery 3-31 1 TD, Brett Hundley 5-14 1 TD, Devante Mays 5-12, Kalif Phillips 2-6, Jamaal Williams 3-4, Trevor Davis 1-3
DENVER - De'Angelo Henderson 9-34, C.J. Anderson 9-31 1 TD, Jamaal Charles 4-27, Trevor Siemian 2-18. Paxton Lynch 1-15, Stevan Ridley 5-1, Kyle Sloter 1-(-1)
GREEN BAY - Aaron Rodgers 5-3-12, Brett Hundley 30-20-186
DENVER - Trevor Siemian 22-13-127 1 INT, Paxton Lynch 2-1-9, Kyle Sloter 7-4-49 1 TD
GREEN BAY - Jamaal Williams 3-46, Trevor Davis 3-39, Kalif Phillips 2-16, Max McCaffrey 2-11, Lance Kendricks 2-8, Richard Rodgers 1-15, Aaron Peck 1-12, Randall Cobb 1-11, Martellus Bennett 1-7, Michael Clark 1-7, Geronimo Allison 1-6, Devante Adams 1-5, Devante Mays 1-5, Jordy Nelson 1-4, Ty Montgomery 1-3, Malachi Dupre 1-3
DENVER - Jordan Taylor 3-36, Hunter Sharp 2-41 1 TD, Virgil Green 2-30, Emmanuel Sanders 2-25, Jamaal Charles 2-15, C.J. Anderson 2-7, Kalif Reynolds 1-9, Demaryius Thomas 1-8, Steven Scheu 1-7, A.J. Derby 1-6, Austin Traylor 1-1
Packers fall to Broncos, 20-17
DENVER – The Packers fell to the Broncos, 20-17, in Denver on Saturday night, dropping their preseason record to 2-1 with one contest remaining next Thursday, at home vs. the Rams. Here's a recap of all the action.
First quarter: An interception set up an early touchdown for the Packers, and they took a 10-7 lead over the Broncos. The two teams traded punts on their opening possessions. On Green Bay’s second drive, Jason Spriggs stepped in for Kyle Murphy at RT following a 27-yard punt return by WR Trevor Davis. The Packers got moving on a 25-yard run by RB Ty Montgomery, and a defensive holding penalty on third-and-3 gave the Packers another first down, at the Denver 26. A Von Miller sack on the next third down pushed the Packers back, though, and K Mason Crosby was good from 52 yards out for a 3-0 lead. Green Bay got the ball right back, as S Kentrell Brice intercepted QB Trevor Siemian on third down and returned it 42 yards to the Denver 2-yard line. As Brett Hundley replaced starting QB Aaron Rodgers, he handed off to Montgomery, who plunged in for the score. Crosby’s PAT made it 10-0 with 6:14 left in the quarter. On the Broncos’ next drive, Packers LB Nick Perry went down with an ankle injury, leaving under his own power. After two runs for 11 yards by RB C.J. Anderson, Siemian scrambled for 16 yards and then found WR Emmanuel Sanders for 10 for a first down at the Green Bay 36. A 20-yard pass to WR Jordan Taylor on third-and-10 moved Denver into the red zone, and Anderson ran it in from 16 yards out for the score.
Second quarter: A late field-goal drive by the Broncos tied the score 10-10 at halftime. With Hundley working at QB with the starting offense, the Packers punted early in the period. The Broncos got moving again on a 22-yard pass to TE Virgil Green, as Brice was slow to get up after the tackle. DT Mike Daniels got the sack on the ensuing third down, though, with pressure help from LB Kyler Fackrell, and the Broncos punted it back. The Packers did nothing with it, though, and looked sloppy in the process. WR Davante Adams dropped a pass on second down, and penalties for a false start and holding pushed Green Bay back before the punt. With help from a holding penalty on Packers S Marwin Evans on the punt, the Broncos took over in Green Bay territory at the 43. After another holding penalty, this one on rookie CB Kevin King, RB Jamaal Charles ran twice for 17 yards. On third-and-1 from the 12, the Packers stopped Anderson just inches short of the first down, and a host of defenders stuffed Anderson again on fourth down. With the full second unit in on offense, Hundley moved the chains twice with passes to rookie RB Jamaal Williams, good for 20 and 17 yards, overcoming a sack in between. A third-down pass to TE Lance Kendricks came up just short, setting up fourth-and-1 at the Denver 40 at the two-minute warning. Hundley was stopped on the QB sneak, though, and the Packers turned it over on downs. Siemian completed four straight passes covering 39 yards, and the Broncos called timeout on first down from the Green Bay 19 with 52 seconds left. King broke up a pass in the end zone for Sanders, and Anderson was stopped one yard short on a third-down pass, setting up fourth-and-1 with 4 seconds left. K Brandon McManus was good from 28 yards out on the final snap.
Third quarter: The Broncos scored twice in the third quarter and entered the fourth with a 20-10 lead over the Packers. QB Paxton Lynch took over for the Broncos on the opening drive of the second half. A 16-yard run by RB De’Angelo Henderson was followed by a 9-yard pass to WR Kalif Raymond. An extra 15 yards were tacked on when Packers S Josh Jones was flagged for taunting after his tackle of Raymond. Lynch then scrambled for 15 yards on third-and-9, and the Packers nearly got the ball back when DT Brian Price knocked the ball from Lynch’s hand, but Henderson recovered for the Broncos. LB Reggie Gilbert then sacked Lynch on third down, and McManus was good from 46 yards out to put Denver in front, 13-10. Hundley stayed in at quarterback, and the Packers went three-and-out, but the Broncos lined up offside on the punt, giving Green Bay a gift first down. A 20-yard pass to Davis got the Packers across midfield, but a holding penalty on Spriggs set up third-and-long. Hundley threw incomplete to TE Richard Rodgers, whose offensive pass interference penalty was declined. Crosby was sent in to try a 61-yard field goal, which didn’t come close, missing way wide right. With Kyle Sloter in for Lynch at QB, the Broncos began at the Green Bay 49 but went three-and-out. An offensive pass interference penalty on first down helped the Packers, and Evans broke up the third-down pass. The punt pinned the Packers on their own 4. Rookie RB Aaron Jones got the Packers out of the hole with a 28-yard run. A 6-yard pass to WR Max McCaffrey set up fourth-and-short, and Hundley was stopped on the QB sneak again. A 20-yard pass to WR Hunter Sharp converted on third-and-10 and put the Broncos on the Green Bay 21. On the next play, Sloter went up top to Sharp, and he hauled in the TD pass over rookie CB Lenzy Pipkins. The PAT extended Denver’s lead to 20-10. Davis picked up one first down for the Packers on a 3-yard end-around run. Jones added a 9-yard run, and a 15-yard facemask on the Broncos moved the Packers into Denver territory as the quarter expired.
Fourth quarter: A 15-yard pass to Rodgers, an offside penalty on Denver, and an 8-yard scramble by Hundley made it first-and-goal on the 9. Hundley then scrambled into the end zone from 6 yards out, and Crosby’s PAT pulled the Packers within 20-17 with 11:58 left. On Denver’s ensuing possession, Henderson fumbled, and Packers DT Brian Price recovered on the Broncos’ 42. Rookie RB Devante Mays ran twice for 10 yards to pick up a first down, but FB Joe Kerridge was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, moving the Packers all the way back to the Denver 47. Hundley was sacked on third down, and the Packers had to punt. The Packers’ defense forced a three-and-out and nearly had another turnover, but Evans dropped a potential interception on third down, and the Broncos punted. The Packers took over on their own 38 with 4:14 left. On fourth-and-4, Hundley’s pass to rookie WR Malachi Dupre came up one yard short, and the Broncos got it back. The Packers got a three-and-out and used the two-minute warning plus two timeouts to force the Broncos to punt one last time. Green Bay got one final shot from its own 8-yard line with 1:41 to go. Hundley was intercepted on second down, but Denver was called for offside, keeping the Packers’ drive alive. Hundley drove the Packers out to the Green Bay 46 and spiked the ball with 23 seconds left. But Hundley was sacked on fourth down to end the game.