NFC North Game Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Cleveland Browns

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Sunday’s game which brings the 3-3 Cleveland Browns to Wisconsin to take on the 3-2 Green Bay Packers should be a cake walk if you believe the Vegas Sports Books, but truth be told, this is the NFL and almost no game goes to plan. Take a look at last weeks match up where the Jacksonville Jaguars visited the Denver Broncos. While Denver won 35-19, the line was nearly 4 touchdowns! And with the injuries mounting for the Packers, nothing can be a given. 

Already ruled out are linebackers Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Brad Jones, tight end Ryan Taylor and running back James Starks. And that list can grow if wide receiver James Jones, defensive end Mike Neal or cornerback Casey Hayward. That is a good chunk of talent right there. And while the travel to Green Bay is never an easy one, especially for a franchise that just traded their face in running back Trent Richardson, yet other than the drubbing that the Detroit Lions put on them in Week 6, they have played very solid.

What the Packers do have going for them is a top-tier offense that has averaged 27.4 points per game and just over 450 yards per contest on the season while floating above water as a mid-tier defense in the NFL. Where as the Browns defense has played as a top-10 for the most part this season yet struggle mightily until late with their offense.

To not lose any ground on the Lions or Chicago Bears this week, the victory is critical for the Packers. But don’t be the foolish one who overlooks Cleveland as they are turning into the type of rugged team that likes to prove naysayers wrong.  

Sports Book - At the time of this article the Packers are sitting at a money line of -500 and are -10 favorites under the dog Browns.

NFC North Division Standings

NFC North Team W L T  Pct PF PA Net Pts TD Home Road Div Pct Conf Pct Non-Conf Streak Last 5
Detroit Lions 4 2 0 .667 162 140 22 19 2-0 2-2 2-1 .667 3-2 .600 1-0 1W 3-2
Chicago Bears 4 2 0 .667 172 161 11 20 3-1 1-1 1-1 .500 2-2 .500 2-0 1W 3-2
Green Bay Packers 3 2 0 .600 137 114 23 14 2-0 1-2 1-0 1.000 2-1 .667 1-1 2W 3-2
Minnesota Vikings 1 4 0 .200 125 158 -33 14 1-2 0-2 0-2 .000 0-3 .000 1-1 1L

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PASSING STATISTICS

Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Aaron Rodgers 184 118 1646 64.1 8.9 10 5.4 4 2.2 83 14 99 101.9

 

RUSHING STATISTICS

Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Eddie Lacy 61 270 4.4 37 1
James Starks 34 187 5.5 32 1
Aaron Rodgers 18 63 3.5 18 0
Johnathan Franklin 17 101 5.9 51 1
Randall Cobb 4 78 19.5 67 0
John Kuhn 2 5 2.5 3 0

 

RECEIVING STATISTICS

Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Randall Cobb 29 378 13.0 38 2
Jordy Nelson 27 484 17.9 64 4
James Jones 20 349 17.5 83 2
Jermichael Finley 20 228 11.4 52 2
James Starks 5 44 8.8 15 0
Johnathan Franklin 4 30 7.5 10 0
Andrew Quarless 4 28 7.0 10 0
Eddie Lacy 3 34 11.3 31 0
Ryan Taylor 2 11 5.5 8 0
John Kuhn 2 9 4.5 8 0
Jarrett Boykin 1 43 43.0 43 0

 

FIELD GOAL STATISTICS

Player 1-19 A 1-19 M 20-29 A 20-29 M 30-39 A 30-39 M 40-49 A 40-49 M 50+ A 50+ M
Mason Crosby 1 1 3 3 3 3 5 4 2 2
TOTAL 1 1 3 3 3 3 5 4 2 2
OPPONENTS TOTAL 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 3 1

 

PUNTING STATISTICS

Player Punts Avg Touchbacks/g IN 20 Long Blck
Tim Masthay 21 47.5 4 6 61 0
TOTAL 21 47.5 4 6 61 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 28 44.2 4 9 61 0

 

PUNT RETURN STATISTICS

Player Returns FC Yds/Ret Long TD
Micah Hyde 7 0 10.7 23 0
Randall Cobb 3 5 7.7 16 0
John Kuhn 1 0 0.0 0 0
TOTAL 13 7 9.1 23 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 6 6 9.2 38 0

 

KICK RETURN STATISTICS

Player Returns Yds Yds/Ret Long TD
Michael Hill 1 19 19.0 19 0
Randall Cobb 1 10 10.0 10 0
TOTAL 8 104 13.0 21 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 15 372 24.8 35 0

 

DEFENSE STATISTICS

Player Comb Total Assist Sck Fumb
A.J. Hawk 42 29 13 3.0 0
Brad Jones 29 23 6 1.0 1
M.D. Jennings 22 19 3 1.0 0
Sam Shields 24 18 6 0.0 0
Nick Perry 18 15 3 3.0 2
Tramon Williams 23 14 9 1.0 0
Clay Matthews 18 14 4 3.0 2
Jerron McMillian 14 14 0 0.0 0
Davon House 15 13 2 1.0 0
Micah Hyde 13 10 3 1.0 1
Mike Neal 11 8 3 1.0 0
Morgan Burnett 14 6 8 0.0 0
Chris Banjo 8 6 2 0.0 0
Johnny Jolly 11 5 6 1.0 0
Jamari Lattimore 7 5 2 0.0 0
B.J. Raji 7 5 2 0.0 0
Mike Daniels 7 4 3 1.0 0
Ryan Pickett 5 4 1 0.0 0
Andy Mulumba 10 3 7 0.0 0
Brandon Bostick 3 3 0 0.0 0
Jarrett Boykin 2 2 0 0.0 0
Randall Cobb 2 2 0 0.0 1
Tim Masthay 2 2 0 0.0 0
Johnathan Franklin 2 2 0 0.0 0
C.J. Wilson 3 1 2 0.0 0
Rob Francois 2 1 1 0.0 1
Sam Barrington 1 1 0 0.0 0
Jermichael Finley 1 1 0 0.0 0
Datone Jones 1 1 0 0.0 0
T.J. Lang 1 0 1 0.0 0
TEAM TOTAL 327 240 87 17 8
OPPONENTS TOTAL 334 245 89 14 6

 

INTERCEPTION STATISTICS
Player Int Yds Yds/Int Long TD
Mike Neal 1 5 5.0 5 0
Sam Shields 1 1 1.0 1 0
TOTAL 2 6 3.0 5 0
OPPONENTS TOTAL 4 9 2.2 9 0