GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Eighteen hours after being shut out in the preseason opener, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy was keeping the loss in perspective. But the game-film review session revealed what most would expect after the Packers struggled in multiple areas against the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night at Lambeau Field.
"When we went through the grading, we didn't grade out very well as a football team," McCarthy said Saturday afternoon. "We graded out poorly as an offense."
Shuffling between four quarterbacks, four running backs and double-digit wide receivers and offensive linemen, there was no combination of players able to help Green Bay move the ball. The Packers finished with 223 total yards on 66 plays, and, most importantly, no points.
Aaron Rodgers led the starters on an 11-play opening drive, accumulating 81 yards in just over four minutes. It was clearly Green Bay's most efficient series of the game, but it failed to result in any points when a fourth-down...