ST. LOUIS (AP) — A game without a touchdown pass just feels wrong to Aaron Rodgers. Never mind that it's the preseason.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback threw 39 TD passes last year and his streak of 35 consecutive games with a TD pass from 2008-12 is the second-longest in NFL history.
So, yeah, Rodgers feels a bit unfulfilled and frustrated going two games this August without reaching the end zone.
And yet, all three of his drives were productive in a 19-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night. All four thus far, counting the Packers' 17-0 loss to Arizona in the preseason opener.
"I would say it's preseason first, but we're working on things and we like to finish off those drives," Rodgers said after going 10 for 12 for 134 yards. "The Rams have a very good defense, we saw that last year, it was a tough game and we made some plays late to pull it out.
"But you've got to finish off those drives with TDs."
Rodgers expects to play at least a half in Week 3 at home Friday against the Seahawks. Getting to the end zone, "that's kind of the first priority," he said.
Here are five things we learned from the Packers' victory over the Rams:
1. SKILL TO SPARE: Both of Green Bay's starting wide receivers are injured, with Jordy Nelson expected back for the opener from knee surgery and Randall Cobb, who had a team-leading 80 receptions last season, dogged by a biceps injury.
So Rodgers leaned on tight end Jermichael Finley and got contributions from youngsters Jarrett Boykin and Brandon Bostick, too.
"That's the nature of competition," Rodgers said. "We've got a lot of guys hurt, banged up, and guys are playing for roster spots."
2. THIRD AND L-O-O-N-G: Adding playmakers like Tavon Austin and Jared Cook hasn't translated into instant success for the Rams' offense.
Both got involved for the first time, with Cook's 37-yard catch and run the highlight. But the Rams were 1 for 14 on third-down conversions and 0 for 3 on fourth down.