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Eddie Lacy's powerful running early on helped propel the Green Bay Packers to a 20-12 win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night.

 

Lacy had nine carries for 45 yards, capped by a 1-yard touchdown dive on third-and-goal, to highlight a 14-play, 74-yard drive to start the game as the Packers again played without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

The Packers' rushing attack carried the offense with 145 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown run by third-string back John Crockett.

 

Derek Carr ran Oakland's offense for a half Thursday, but wasn't effective.

 

The third-year starter completed 9 of 13 passes for just 38 yards and had an underthrown pass to standout receiver Amari Cooper picked off by Damarious Randall.

 

Raiders running back Latavius Murray had six carries for 19 yards against a Green Bay defense that was without three key starters, including linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers.

Matthews and Peppers, who have yet to play in the preseason, have been threatened with suspensions by the NFL if they don't cooperate with the league's investigation of the players' alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs.

 

A day after the Packers activated Jordy Nelson from the physically unable to perform list, the star receiver suited up for and participated in pregame warmups.

 

After he missed the 2015 season because of a torn ACL in his right knee, it's uncertain if Nelson could play Green Bay's next exhibition game, Aug. 26 at San Francisco, when Rodgers expects to have extended playing time.

 

Veteran S Morgan Burnett remains sidelined because of a back injury that flared up before last week's first game. Micah Hyde again made the start in Burnett's absence.

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