Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns: 2013 Game 6
Unfiltered game day blog post of comments, observations and first impressions.
The walking wounded (otherwise known as your Green Bay Packers) hit the field today in their Throwback uniforms to take on the improving Browns. Cleveland has a very good unit on defense, but the offense has struggled since Brian Hoyer went down and Brian Weeden stepped in at quarterback.
Packers wide receiving corps will consist of Jordy Nelson, Jarret Boykin and Myles White, fresh off the practice squad.
Today’s captains for the Packers: – OL Josh Sitton, DB M.D. Jennings, LB AJ Hawk.
Inactives for today:
Green Bay Packers
29 CB Casey Hayward
44 RB James Starks
52 LB Clay Matthews
53 LB Nick Perry
59 LB Brad Jones
82 TE Ryan Taylor
89 WR James Jones
Starting lineup changes: 11 WR Jarrett Boykin starts for J. Jones, 96 LB Mike Neal for Perry, 55 LB Andy Mulumba for Matthews, 57 LB Jamari Lattimore for B. Jones.
58 LB Brandon Magee
60 OL Patrick Lewis
64 OL Martin Wallace
65 OL Garrett Gilkey
83 TE Keavon Milton
90 DL Billy Winn
The Browns have only 52 players on their active roster, therefore they have only six inactives.
Keep calm and carry on: Inspiration comes from my wife – has great appreciation for history. Really helps me on a personal level when the kids are being rambunctious. Very appropriate this week for our game against the Browns.
NFL requirement to dress 46: We will dress all 46. there will be a player or two on there we’d rather not play – not going to say who.
Question marks: Hayward not going to play he’s inactive. Mike Neal is active and ready to go.
Linebackers: Malumba and Palmer have had a full week of practice. First time we’ve had all 7 DL up. Excited for Josh Boyd, he’s been working hard in practice – deserves this chance.
Receivers/TEs: White, Stoneburner – they’re going to have opportunities to play today. I just want them to not overthink and just go out there and play football.
Improved unning game: It’s important to be able to run and throw. We want to be better at all aspects. A lot was made of it that frankly, didn’t need to be made of it.
Browns defense: Talented. Some good young players. have the nose guard that you need in a 3-4 Defense. Playing very schematically sound.
Brandon Weeden: Can make all the throws. I like the system he’s playing in. Always admired Norv Turner. He’s in good hands there.
Big Receivers: Some real playmakers out there…
Travis Benjamin: Clearly one of the most dynamic players well see all year on special teams,.
Message to team: It’s about playing Packer football at home. We need to cash in on the big play opportunities. We’re doing a better job of that of late and I think it will be a big part of our success today.
Packers vs. Browns – First Impressions – First Half:
Packers win the toss and defer.
Defense gets a quick three and out as Weeden badly overthrows an open receiver on third down.
Rodgers goes to the Boykin back shoulder right away. Looks like Boykin ran a better route than last week, but drops the back shoulder pass.
Packers seem determined to show the Browns they can still pass the ball down the field. And they can. TD Finley with some tough running after the catch.
I like the fact that the Packers have gone after some punts the last few weeks, but Banjo gave the Browns life with the roughing the kicker penalty.
Not bragging, but I’m pretty sure I could be more accurate than Weeden is today… INT Davon House.
If the Packers could get this kind of field position even semi-regularly, they would be fairly unstoppable.
Browns know they have to help out their offense. Don’r punt from their own 40 – make it by inches, though not really. I thought it was a generous spot on first glance. Replay confirms, but McCarthy challenge rebuffed. Former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira said on twitter it should have been overturned.
The way Weeden is throwing, this should be a 3-4 INT day for the Packers.
Score at end of 1st quarter: GB 14 CLE 0
Holding call on Barclay nullifies a long gain by Finley on a crossing route. Next play on 1st and 20 – handoff to Lacy. You might say I don’t approve…
Finley has come to play again. Most impressive this year has been his running after the catch (and lack of celebration after making a catch).
Unnecessary roughness on Tramon Williams? Ridiculous. He’ just making a tackle. He’s supposed to stop to see if the guy has the ball? They’re making it pretty impossible to be a defensive player these days.
Um, Mike Daniels can close on the QB, can’t he?
Rodgers seems more willing to tuck it in and run the last two games. That’s a back breaker for defenses. And he’s being smart – taking a slide every time.
Score at end of 1st half: GB 17 CLE 3
Packers vs. Browns – First Impressions – Second Half:
Perhaps the thing I like most about Eddie Lacy is how he keeps his head up all the time. Finds little seams to make something out of nothing. Doesn’t just run into the backs of his linemen when there’s a logjam.
First sack of the day on Rodgers. Makes it a 52 yard FG attempt by Crosby and he misses…
As has been their habit of late, Packers missing opportunities to put this game away. Too many penalties today, also.
Rodgers and Boykin starting to get a feel for each other. Boykin looking good today as he did in preseason.
Packers defense looks like they’re tiring. Browns offense building some confidence.
Score at end of 3rd quarter: GB 17 CLE 6
With 11 minutes left and down by 11, Browns go for it on 4th and 15 from the 30. Kick a field goal and it’s a one possession game. that just reckless aggressiveness.
Finley gets hit and taken off on a stretcher. I didn’t think it was helmet-to-helmet. Looked like his neck might have gotten crimped. Hopefully a stinger?
Packers offense has gone a bit stagnant. And I say that, play-action pass to Boykin goes for 37 yards down to 1 yard line. Nice catch and run by Boykin. Jitters seem to be gone…
Packers confirm it’s a neck injury – has feeling in all extremities. Knew it wasn’t a helmet-to-helmet. So many out there jumped the gun on that…
Easy to say after he messes up, but is it really a good idea to make a guy in his first NFL game the key ball catcher on an onside kick?
Packers dodge two bullets on two straight onside kicks. God bless those refs!
Final Score: GB 31 CLE 13
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.