Packers beat Browns 31-13
Gerrard Diaz, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Bay Packers just plug away.
Dealing with a slew of injuries, and suffering another one Sunday, the Packers continue to be productive, winning easily 31-13 over the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field.
Already missing receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones, Aaron Rodgers lost tight end Jermichael Finley in the fourth quarter to a scary neck injury.
A silent Lambeau Field watched Finley get carted off, but, as with the team’s other injuries, the Packers went back to work.
“I think players on both sides of the ball were obviously concerned for Jermichael,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “I thought the officials did a nice job there of not rushing back into the game. (We) were able to have communication, kind of reset our clock there. … You just have to give credit to your players in those types of situations.”
A 39-yard pass to Jarrett Boykin and a 1-yard pass to Jordy Nelson and Rodgers had the Packers ahead 24-6. Boykin led the receivers, with eight catches for 103 yards, eclipsing his career total. Boykin also scored the Packers’ last touchdown, hauling in a 20-yard Rodgers pass with 3:44 left in the game.
“I think he’s a confidence guy so we just wanted to make sure we got him some plays early,” Rodgers said. “We wanted to see how we could do with the matchup he had … and he got off to a good start.”
Rodgers finished 25 of 36 passing for 260 yards and three touchdowns.
Finley, who had five catches for 42 yards before leaving the game, got the scoring started on the Packers’ first possession, catching a ball from Rodgers and breaking three tackles to make his way to the end zone.
Eddie Lacy, who finished with 82 yards on 22 carries and had five catches for 26 yards, scored on the Packers’ next drive on a 1-yard dive.
In the second quarter, the teams traded field goals — Packers kicker Mason Crosby from 26 yards, and Browns kicker Billy Cundiff from 46 yards. Cundiff added another 44-yarder in the third quarter.
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, who struggled most of the day and finished 17 of 42 for 149 yards, finally found the end zone, hitting tight end Jordan Cameron for a 2-yard touchdown to cut the Packers’ lead to 24-13.
The Packers defense, missing outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry and inside linebacker Brad Jones, not to mention cornerback Casey Hayward, didn’t skip a beat. Davon House had a interception and broke up three passes. The Packers sacked Weeden three times, one each by Jamari Lattimore, Tyrone Williams and Mike Daniels.
The Packers’ tough run defense held Browns running back Willis McGahee to just 39 yards on 11 carries.
“It might not be the prettiest game, but our defense has been playing great,” Rodgers said. “When they can hold teams to 13 points and everything they’ve held the last two weeks, they’ve been playing great.”
With the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions each suffering losses earlier in the day, the Packers (4-2) took the lead in the NFC North with games against the Minnesota Vikings and Bears the next two weeks.