ST. LOUIS -- There's one preseason game left for Aaron Rodgers, who figures he'll play at least a half next week. Guess what he's dying to do?
"But we've had four good drives, four out of four. We've just got to get more points, we've got to put the ball in the end zone."
McCarthy said his first priority was quality opportunities for players, the second was effective play in all three phases, "and the third priority is winning the game."
"If you don't like that, I get that," McCarthy said. "Trust me, I want to win every play, every game, but we're a young team."
Sam Bradford had only himself to blame for putting up nice numbers -- going 8-of-12 passing for 156 yards -- with nothing to show for four possessions. His highlight throw was a 57-yarder that hit Chris Givens in stride to the Packers' 4, but Bradford fumbled away the snap on fourth-and-goal from the 1 late in the first quarter with the Rams (0-2) trailing 3-0.
"That's on me. I just missed it," Bradford said. "I've got to make sure I have the ball before I get out of there. It's unacceptable.
"You can't have that happen. That's what cost us this game."
Both Packers starting wide receivers were out with injuries, so Rodgers leaned on tight end Jermichael Finley while going 10-for-12 passing for 134 yards. All three drives stalled, and the Packers had two field goals by Mason Crosby when Rodgers turned the offense over to backup Graham Harrell in the second quarter.
"When you're part of an offense that's supposed to put up points, those are the things you have to look at," Cook said. "That's our job, and that's what we're supposed to be here for.
"The fact that we didn't do that is bothersome."
Crosby was 3 of 3, connecting from 34 and 48 yards in the first half on Rodgers' series, and adding a 30-yarder in the third quarter that had enough despite being tipped by the Rams' Cody Davis. Tryout kicker Giorgio Tavecchio missed a 49-yard attempt in the first quarter and hit a 38-yarder near the end of the half for a 9-0 lead.
Johnny Jolly made big plays on two interceptions against Kellen Clemens in the third quarter, deflecting a pass at the line that was intercepted by Jarrett Bush to set up a field goal, and then picking off Clemens in the end zone. The latter took punt returner Brandon Smith off the hook for a lost fumble at the Green Bay 10.
Clemens, competing with Austin Davis to be Bradford's backup, has thrown two intercepted passes in both preseason games. He was 2-of-11 passing for 27 yards.
Vince Young opened the second half at quarterback for Green Bay and was 5-of-9 passing for 26 yards.
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