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NFL Preseason Week 2 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 20, New Orleans Saints 10

Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) throws a pass during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Green Bay Packers jumped out early on the back of a strong Jordan Love performance and held on late to beat the New Orleans Saints 20-10 in the second week of the 2022 NFL preseason.

Editor’s note: All grades in this article are subject to review. All PFF player grades will be finalized by 12 pm ET tomorrow.

Green Bay Packers

QUARTERBACK: Jordan Love

Player Comp/Att Yds YPA Rtg
Danny Etling 1 / 1 0 0.0 79.2
Jordan Love 12 / 24 113 4.7 77.3

The stat line may not impress, but that’s because he suffered four drops from his receivers totaling 71 lost air yards.

Quite simply, it was the most encouraging performance of Love’s rocky career.

RUNNING BACKS

There wasn’t much that stood out from Packers' running backs. None of their backs averaged more than 2.1 yards after contact per carry.

RECEIVERS

Player Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR
Juwann Winfree 6 3 41 6.8 13.7
Romeo Doubs 5 3 24 4.8 8.0
Amari Rodgers 5 2 5 1.0 2.5
Josiah Deguara 2 1 11 5.5 11.0
Tyler Goodson 1 1 10 10 10.0

Romeo Doubs continues to get open, but he also continues to drop balls. Doubs dropped two of his five catchable targets tonight.

Juwann Winfree led all receivers in the game with 41 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per target.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Zach Tom continues to impress in pass protection. After not allowing a single pressure on 18 pass-blocking snaps a week ago, he didn’t allow one yet again on 19 pass-blocking snaps.

Royce Freeman didn’t have his best day splitting time between tackle and guard. He allowed two pressures and had two other losses on 19 pass-blocking snaps.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Last week’s standout, Kingsley Enagbare, had a solid performance with two pressures.

First-rounder Devonte Wyatt got an extended run but came up empty-handed as a pass-rusher on 15 snaps.

LINEBACKER

Isaiah McDuffie showed the most we’ve seen from him in his young career — the 2021 sixth-rounder's four defensive stops led all linebackers.

Krys Barnes was playing upset that his job got taken away. He only tallied one stop but will likely end up the highest-graded Packers defender in the game.

SECONDARY

Kiondre Thomas and Shemar Jean-Charles both had tremendous days at the office. They didn't allow a single catch between them on five targets while playing the majority of the game.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

QUARTERBACK: Ian Book

Player Comp/Att Yds YPA Rtg
Ian Book 16 / 28 113 4 63.5

This is a much, much improved Ian Book. He didn’t commit a single turnover-worthy play on 36 dropbacks.

Sacks continue to be an issue for the former Notre Dame star. He took two more on only eight pressured dropbacks after taking five in Week 1.

RUNNING BACK

Devine Ozigbo stood out on his limited touches. He picked up 40 yards on seven carries for one first down.

RECEIVERS

Player Tgt Rec Yds YPT YPR
Abram Smith 4 3 5 1.2 1.7
Chris Olave 3 2 28 9.3 14
Tony Jones Jr. 3 3 20 6.7 6.7
Devine Ozigbo 3 2 7 2.3 3.5
Deonte Harty 2 2 12 6 6.0
Taysom Hill 2 1 10 5 10.0

Chris Olave flashed on only 11 receiving snaps. He caught his first pro touchdown and recorded two catches for 28 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Trevor Penning was much improved in pass protection this time around. On 26 pass-blocking snaps, Penning allowed only one pressure.

Cesar Ruiz also looks improved from his first two seasons in the league. He didn’t allow a pressure on 18 pass-blocking snaps.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Defensive tackle Malcolm Roach led all players with three pressures on 15 pass-blocking snaps.

Payton Turner has been held off the stat sheet as a pass-rusher for the second straight week. The 2021 first-rounder didn’t register a pressure on 12 pass-rushing snaps.

LINEBACKER

Kaden Elliss made a number of plays in the run game to finish as the highest-graded run defender in the game.

Eric Wilson was the only Saints linebacker to allow a reception in the game.

SECONDARY

The Saints were reaching deep down their depth chart to field a squad for this one. Bradley Roby was the only player with a chance at playing time who played and it was only 10 snaps.

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