GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Aaron Rodgers shrugged off a shaky start to deliver a pair of scoring drives and a handful of highlights in his first start for the Green Bay Packers, but Green Bay took a 20-17 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, Monday night.
The Bengals tagged Rodgers for an early interception off of a deflected pass, but he recovered to complete 9 of 15 throws for 117 yards and a touchdown.
The biggest play came to wide receiver James Jones, who caught a dart from Rodgers and ran for a 30-yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead with :40 left in the 1st quarter - despite bouncing off a jarring hit from Bengals safety Marvin White.
Playing without running back Rudi Johnson and wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Palmer and the Bengals didn't gain a first down until early in the 2nd quarter. Palmer connected with tight end Ben Utecht for a 14-yard score, then backup Ryan Fitzpatrick took over and led the Bengals to a touchdown and a field goal and a 17-10 lead.
Shayne Graham's 32-yard field goal early in the 4th quarter provided Cincinnati with the margin of victory.
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