Balanced Green Bay Packers squelch Cleveland Browns, 17-3

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Updated: October 20, 2013

The Green Bay Packers imposed their will in the trenches through two quarters, taking a 17-3 lead over the Cleveland Browns to the locker room.

Scoring quickly out of the gate, the Green Bay Packers did an impressive job of containing the Cleveland Browns in every phase of the game, taking a 17-3 lead to the locker room.

On a day in which Green Bay was missing stars on both sides of the ball, a ragtag collection of unknowns and role players stepped forward to fill in the gaps.

Jarrett Boykin, making his first NFL start, slipped effortlessly into the No. 2 wide receiver role, pulling in four catches for 26 yards. Tight end Jermichael Finley lead the team with 47 receiving yards and a touchdown on three catches. Rookie running back Johnathan Franklin lined up wide and was targeted by quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the end zone, although he was not able to pull in the catch. Even Myles White, newly promoted from the practice squad, got in on the action with a catch for nine yards.

Green Bay put the offense on the broad shoulders of rookie running back Eddie Lacy, and he responded admirably, pounding the rock 11 times for 50 yards (4.5 yards per carry) and a lumbering touchdown.

Meanwhile, the defense effectively shut down the Cleveland Browns offense. They held quarterback Brandon Weeden to 48 passing yards on 14 attempts — a hilariously poor 3.4 yards per attempt — and intercepted him once. They gave up a total of 51 rushing yards on 14 carries (3.6 ypc).

In all, it was a total team effort by the Packers. They showed a degree of balance in play calling to which we have not been accustomed in recent years.

Standouts

After a miserable outing last week against the Baltimore Ravens, Jarrett Boykin recovered nicely to make a solid contribution in the first half. If Aaron Rodgers can find a way to connect with Boykin in the end zone, it should be a major confidence boost to the young player.

Defensive end Mike Daniels continues his productive season. He made a beautiful form tackle on Brandon Weeden in the backfield for his second sack of the year.

Fullback John Kuhn rebounded from his Week 6 special teams fumble to make an aggressive 19-yard kickoff return in the second corner.

Slipups

In the second quarter, right tackle Don Barclay was flagged for offensive holding, which cost the Packers 10 yards. A couple of plays later, Jermichael Finley was penalized for a false start that cost five additional yards. Green Bay ended up punting.

What’s next

As long as the defense can contain the Cleveland wide receivers, they should have this game in hand. So far the Browns offense has shown no ability to mount sustained drives, nor have they found a way to get into the end zone. Avoiding complacency up 14 points will be important for the defense, which at times has shown a propensity to let inferior team back in games.

Head coach Mike McCarthy needs to maintain an aggressive stance and continue to call a balanced game, helping to compensate for the loss of wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb. Eddie Lacy has proven that he can carry the load, so there is no reason not to put the game in his hands.

About the author(s)

Rourke Douglas Decker covers the Green Bay Packers beat for Water Cooler Sports. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities. He can be reached for questions or comments at . Connect with .

904 comments
Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

a 27 yard punt from Martin......\

In a game he had punted a ball 60 yards.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

Picked up Boykin in my money league. worked out.

robertj72
robertj72

So know one knows what quirk or malformation makes a persons lipsnarl up when they talk like PMannings does? I really am curious.

Rarely Evenn
Rarely Evenn

Evening everyone. The Bucs still suck. Turned 19 yesterday, what a party.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

I like Manning. Payton, that is.

redzonejones
redzonejones

falcons, cards, and eagles defenses are sub par. and hes had about 6 picks dropped.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 Oh good. Gb phalatio in print.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

But I played Fauria over Clay, which makes me an asshole homer

cdpackers
cdpackers

 He is a athletic football perfect specimen so I guess he has to have some kind of deformity. 

cdpackers
cdpackers

 That is what horses do when they smell something nasty. haha

cdpackers
cdpackers

 You still on that? Must really bother you lol

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 Almost a man. Super proud of you. 

cdpackers
cdpackers

 me too. Manning/Welker...mmmm. What's not to like? 

Buhlitz
Buhlitz

 

he definitely came out a different teste than eli

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

Eli just has a face you want to smash.

redzonejones
redzonejones

other than those things yeah hes looked ok

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  Well, his neck is put together with scotch tape and gum......

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 We are lucky he can speak.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 Got this living thing down pat.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  2 rings though. Payton is clearly the better but, Eli has him on that one.

Rarely Evenn
Rarely Evenn

  He has shown potential. He's a rook.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 Who would have seen that coming. I mean really! 

I played Foles over Ryan......That did not pan out.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

   I thought you would. Worth it.

robertj72
robertj72

  No one got my Casey Kasem joke earlier, Donkey

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

   Seriously, Him and Cutler, I just want to destroy their face.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

 Can he ever. Guy is pretty astounding. 

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

    ok, not a bad point. Still, fuck you though. for different reasons.

Rarely Evenn
Rarely Evenn

   His name deserves to be spelled correctly.

Evil Donkey
Evil Donkey moderator

  Peyton doesn't bother me at all.