Packers @ Browns Preview
In my bye week thoughts, I mentioned the Packers will be 4-2 going into their game against the Vikings. I personally see no way this doesn’t happen. Not only are the Cleveland Browns still playing like an expansion team, they had over 15 players held out of practice this week with flu-like symptoms. On a related note, 83% of Browns fans have been out of work with flu-like symptoms. They all become nauseous on Sunday afternoons. Watching the Browns play is now considered hazardous to your health. The CDC is investigating.
The Packers’ locker room is starting to look like a wing of the Packers Hall of Fame. Mark Tauscher is back, Ahman Green is back. Word is Lynn Dickey and Frank Winters were in for workouts this week. Also word in that the government inspected the players’ entrance at Lambeau to make sure it had wheelchair access. Just shows how little is out there on the free agent wire.
Keys to the Game:
1) Use the short passing game to open up the deep passing game. It looks like the Packers are not going to force the issue in terms of running the football. That’s fine. In fact, there was an article this week by Pete Dougherty in the Green Bay Press-Gazette that covers this topic. A six-yard quick out is better then our yards per carry rushing the ball.
2) Contain Josh Cribbs. With the exit of Braylon Edwards, he is Cleveland’s ONLY playmaker. He already has two returns for touchdowns, which in fact, is 33% of the Browns’ scores. They will also look to get him touches in the offense.
3) Another shutout for the defense. Let’s be honest. The Browns suck. They are 30th in scoring, 31st in total yards, and 31st in passing yards. They couldn’t score with a fistful of pardons in a female prison. The Packers D doubled their sack total last week and could double it again this week.
4) Play a cleaner game. They won’t have to be perfect Sunday, but the mental and repeated physical mistakes need to end. McCarthy pulled Brandon Jackson after he fumbled in the 2nd half last week; he needs to do the same with everyone else. How cool would it be to see an offensive lineman get pulled in the middle of a drive. That’s making a statement!
Prediction- Green Bay 27, Cleveland 0