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5 Takeaways From Green Bay Packers’ Week 3 Preseason Win

Green Bay Packers 2014 Preseason: 5 Takeaways From Week 3 Win

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On Friday, the Green Bay Packers bested the Oakland Raiders 31-21 in preseason action. Both teams looked good, but the Packers looked vastly more put together, bringing solid run defense for the most part and an impressive offensive showing. There are five key lessons to take away from the win.

5. B.J. Raji Likely Out for Season

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5. B.J. Raji Likely Out for Season

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Nose tackle B.J. Raji suffered a torn biceps in the game and is likely out for the season. His time with the Packers has been very up and down. Earlier in the preseason he was signed to a "prove it" contract to motivate him to produce in 2014. His absence will not be a big deal for the defense, but his future with the team is now more uncertain than ever.

4. Matt Flynn Having a Rough Time

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4. Matt Flynn Having a Rough Time

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Matt Flynn went 4-for-10 for 37 yards with an embarrassing interception. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns on 139 yards and Scott Tolzien threw one and totaled 107 yards. At this point, Tolzien looks to be the likely second quarterback, as Flynn's preseason performance has not been up to standard.

3. Five Tight Ends with Receptions

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3. Five Tight Ends with Receptions

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The battle at tight end rages on as five of the Packers' hopefuls for the starting position made catches on Friday. Rookie Richard Rodgers caught two passes for 40 yards, Jake Stoneburner caught three for 29 and special team member Ryan Taylor caught two for 22 yards. Justin Perillo and Andrew Quarless had one catch each, with Quarless scoring a six-yard touchdown from Aaron Rodgers.

2. Julius Peppers Making His Presence Known

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2. Julius Peppers Making His Presence Known

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After very little production in the first two games, Green Bay's veteran pass rusher finally showed up against the Raiders. He made three tackles and one sack, finally demonstrating some of the skill and dominance he is known for. With Raji out, defensive players like Peppers will need to start to increase their efforts, especially against the run.

1. DuJuan Harris' 132 Total Yards

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1. DuJuan Harris' 132 Total Yards

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DuJuan Harris showed his worth on Friday. The versatile running back ran for 56 yards on 12 attempts, caught two passes for 42 yards and had a 34-yard kickoff return. That's 4.7 yards per carry, a very respectable number. It should be reassuring to fans that there is some significant depth at the running back position right now.

Chris Langton is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. He also contributes to the MMA page.  Follow him on Twitter @Langtron57, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.