Packers went young against 'good test' in Seahawks

Vince Young. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Packers went young against 'good test' in Seahawks

By Mike Conklin, Packers contributor. CREATED Aug 23, 2013

The Seahawks are among the best teams in the NFC, and this was a good test for the Packers.

Although the first string defense allowed Seattle to methodically move right down the field, they stiffened in the red zone. 

Aaron Rodgers led the offense on a scoring drive in his one drive as well, although it would have been nice to cash in with a touchdown.

Perhaps the best thing about the game was the fact that Mike McCarthy spurned conventional wisdom and did not approach the game as a "dress rehearsal" as is often the case in the third preseason game. 

The Packers made no bones about the fact that they were approaching the game as an opportunity to evaluate young players. 

McCarthy sat Aaron Rodgers early, and there were times that the Packers played third-string players against the Seahawks starters.

When it comes to evaluation, it doesn't get any better than that.

Bright spots: Vince Young, Nick Perry, and Casey Hayward

Rough night: Loyce Means, Eddie Lacy and the entire run game, Morgan Burnett & DuJuan Harris (injury)

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