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PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 4: Green Bay Packers 27, Kansas City Chiefs 20

Rookie Ty Summers returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown to help lift the Green Bay Packers over the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20, on Thursday.

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Final Score

Green Bay Packers 27, Kansas City Chiefs 20

Green Bay Packers

Defensive tackle Kingsley Keke was perhaps the most impressive player on the field for Green Bay. The rookie interior defensive lineman from Texas A&M  penetrated the backfield on multiple occasions, blowing up an inside zone run play in the third quarter, drawing a holding penalty while also getting in on the tackle. He also showed quick feet and good power rushing the passer, generating good power with a bull rush move on multiple occasions.

Dexter Williams showed impressive power and burst for the Packers, adding yards to what was blocked for him both as a runner and as a receiver. Williams picked up several first downs and scored a short-yardage touchdown where he was able to showcase his power on his way to the end zone.

Green Bay offensive lineman struggled against the power and speed of the Chiefs' defensive line. Center Justin McCray was pushed around as a run blocker and bull-rushed in pass protection, while left tackle Yosh Nijman struggled against the Chiefs' speed off the edge, losing several reps in pass protection.

Rookie Takeaways

Rookies Yosh Nijman and Jace Sternberger both turned in ugly performances in this one. Nijman was a revolving door in pass protection, and Sternberger dropped a pass and caught just one of his four targets.

Kansas City Chiefs

Starting quarterback Kyle Shurmur had an uneven performance throughout the first half. Shurmur turned the ball over twice, throwing an interception and also losing a fumble after failing to recognize pressure. Shurmur did display nice touch and accuracy on a few throws though, including a nice fade route that was dropped by receiver Cody Thompson.

Starting running back Carlos Hyde had a solid showing in limited action during the first half. The veteran showed he still has good burst on multiple inside zone runs. He broke multiple tackles on a second-and-short play, picking up tough extra yards helping to keep the Chiefs' initial drive alive.

Edge Defenders Rob McCray and Jeremiah Attaochu are looking to help fill the void left by the departures of star pass-rushers Dee Ford and Justin Houston, and they certainly looked the part against the Packers. Both McCray and Attaochu seemed to live in the Packers' backfield on passing plays, making life difficult for Green Bay's bookends.

It was a night to forget for cornerback Mark Fields. He was beat deep early and often by Packers' receivers and was bailed out by some off-target passes. Fields also took several penalties, including an offsides penalty on the Packers' final touchdown of the night. Not the best penalty to take when hoping to impress Chiefs fans in 2019.

Rookie Takeaways

As mentioned above, Mark Fields was roasted in coverage. He really couldn't catch a break all night long. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Joe Fortson caught two of his three targets for 38 yards and a touchdown.

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