Thumbs up, thumbs down

First-team offense shines, but running game gets little attention

Here are a few observations in the wake of Green Bay's 30-14 preseason finale loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night in Nashville:

Thumbs up: Brett Favre passed the ball well against the Titans. Favre was an impressive 8 of 10 for 82 yards and a touchdown pass to running back Noah Herron that gave Green Bay a 7-0 lead.

If Favre and the Packers were using the preseason finale as one last chance to build more chemistry between him and his receivers, they made the most of it. Of the 12 plays in two series that Favre played, 10 were pass plays, and two were running plays.

Thumbs down: When Aaron Rodgers entered the game late in the first quarter, offensive coordinator Joe Philbin, who called the plays in place of Mike McCarthy, continued to stick with the pass. In the Packers third series of the night, and last with the first-team offensive line, the Packers called five pass plays to three running plays.

While Brandon Jackson and Vernand Morency were not in uniform due to injuries, the Packers' offensive line certainly could use more practice run-blocking in preparation for the regular season opener. The Packers finished with 61 yards rushing for the game, and had only 24 yards on the ground at halftime.

Thumbs up: Greg Jennings, Bubba Franks and James Jones all looked share in the early going against the Titans. Jennings and Jones (nice ring to it, eh?) made many forget all about Donald Driver. Jones had five catches for 37 yards, Jennings had 2 for 34 yards, and Franks had 2 for 29 yards, all in the first quarter.

Thumbs down: Rookie running back DeShawn Wynn dropped two passes, which might have sealed his fate with the Packers. Wynn has missed most of training camp with a quadriceps injury. He needed to run well and catch every pass in order to have a shot at making the team, but he didn't do both. It appeared that he also was at fault for allowing a blitzing linebacker to push him into Aaron Rodgers on a sack in the second quarter. Wynn had an impressive 11-yard run in the second quarter, but that was his only highlight.

Thumbs up: Defensive end Larry Birdine's sack and forced fumble on quarterback Vince Young allowed Justin Harrell to ramble 15 yards for a touchdown. It was both Birdine, a bubble player, and Harrell's biggest plays of the preseason.

Birdine is battling Jason Hunter for a roster spot along Green Bay's mighty defensive line.

Thumbs down: Defensive end Jason Hunter did not hold up well against the Titans, who ran at Hunter on many occasions.. The Titans finished with 152 yards rushing for a whopping 4.8-yard avg., and many of those yards came off runs that were in Hunter's direction.

Thumbs up: Third string quarterback Paul Thompson did not throw any interceptions, and he showed an ability to move the offense. With his performance, Thompson may have earned himself a roster spot, but more likely a spot on the team's practice squad.

The rookie had been struggling in practice during the last couple of weeks, but he finished by completing 6 of 9 passes for 37 yards. Most of his completions were for short gains, but he showed a good field presence.

Thumbs down: Rookie David Clowney probably doomed his chance of making the 53-man roster when he muffed a catch of a kickoff and the ball rolled out of bounds at the Packers' 7.

Clowney, who was selected in the fifth round of the recent NFL draft by Green Bay, caught two passes for 14 yards. At this point, he seems to be a better fit for the practice squad than 53-man roster.

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