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Rodgers says Packers are ready for the regular season
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Aaron Rodgers says he believes the Green Bay Packers are going to be ready for the regular season, following their performance in Thursday night's 27-13 exhibition win at Cincinnati.

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The earned their first pre-season victory, defeating the Bengals 27-13.

The Green Bay starters played the entire first half as they built up a 17-6 advantage.

The Bengals played their starters into the third quarter. They failed to get a touchdown on first and goal as the Packer defense played its best game of the pre-season.

Cedric Benson had six carries for 38 yards in his Packers debut against his old team. Rodgers completed 12 of 22 passes for 154 yards and an interception. His passer rating was only 57.8, but that was better than the first two exhibitions.

Rodgers scrambled six times for 52 yards. He had touchdown runs of 12 and five yards.

Green Bay's only other touchdown came in the second half when linebacker Jamari Lattimore returned an interception 27 yards for a score.

Packers backup quarterback Graham Harrell struggled again. He completed five of 12 passes for 26 yards and was sacked three times.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 40 yards and he ran for 36 more as Cincy's leading rusher.

Greg Jennings was the Packers' leading receiver with two catches for 37 yards in his pre-season debut.

Green Bay's outside linebackers combined for one and a half sacks and two other quarterback hits.

The starters racked up 245 yards of offense in the first half, while the defense held the Bengals to just two field goals. One of those came after Cincinnati failed to reach the end zone on first and goal at the one yard line.

Outside linebacker Erik Walden sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in that sequence on third down. Cincy had to settle for a 30-yard field goal.

Coach Mike McCarthy had high praise for Walden afterward, saying he's had a terrific training camp.

Cedric Benson scored high marks in his Green Bay debut, averaging just over six yards on each of six carries. McCarthy said the veteran Benson looked natural.

"He's an instinctive, powerful ball carrier," McCarthy said.

The coach said the Packers played better on both sides of the ball, in winning their first exhibition game against two losses. Green Bay will play its pre-season finale next Thursday night at home against Kansas City.

Finley misses game

Tight end Jermichael Finley missed his third straight game after his wife had a baby boy.

Fifteen Packers - including four starters - were out with injuries. The Bengals were missing 16 players.

Packers receiver Tom Crabtree left early with a shoulder injury on a hard hit by safety Taylor Mays.

Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett left with an injured calf.

The Bengals fell to 2-1 in the pre-season. The Packers are 1-2..

Badgers will host Northern Iowa

Northern Iowa will start a freshman at quarterback when it opens the season Sept. 1 at Wisconsin.

Panthers coach Mark Farley has named Sawyer Kollmorgen as his quarterback against the Badgers.

The 6-2 Kollmorgen is a second-year student who red-shirted a year ago. He'll start in place of sophomore Jared Lanpher, who's out with a sports hernia.

Farley says Kollmorgen is calm and competitive, and that he's been the most consistent among three available signal-callers at Northern Iowa's training camp.

Kollmorgen led Jenks High School of Oklahoma to three consecutive state championships.

The Badgers have named Maryland transfer Danny O'Brien to start the season opener.

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