Browns vs. Packers: Live Grades and Analysis for Green Bay

Giancarlo Ferrari-KingFeatured ColumnistOctober 20, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks on against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The Green Bay Packers came away with a huge victory against the Cleveland Browns.

 

Final Score

Cleveland: 13

Green Bay: 31

 

Green Bay Packers Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseBA
Run OffenseB+B+
Run DefenseA-A
Pass DefenseAA
Special TeamsC-D+
CoachingB+A-
vs. Browns Week 7

Final analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Although it wasn’t pretty, Aaron Rodgers led a valiant attack through the air, throwing for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Rodgers was brilliant even without wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb.

Run Offense: Rushing for 82 yards and a touchdown, Eddie Lacy put together another impressive performance for this Green Bay rushing attack. His ability to take the pressure off Aaron Rodgers has been a huge part of Green Bay’s success this season.

Pass Defense: Although Brandon Weeden didn’t do himself any favors, the fact is Green Bay’s pass defense played outstandingly today. Blanketing Cleveland’s wide receivers throughout the contest, the Packers held star wide receiver Josh Gordon to just one catch for seven yards.

Run Defense: Holding the Browns to just 3.6 yards per carry, Green Bay’s run defense was dominant from start to finish. Green Bay’s ability to get a strong push off the line of scrimmage was a major reason why they had so much success.

Special Teams: It wasn’t a great day for Green Bay’s special teams unit. Whether it was giving up a huge kick return to Travis Benjamin or being flagged for an early roughing the kicker penalty, special teams continues to be an issue for this Packers team.

Coaching: After losing Randall Cobb and James Jones in Week 6, Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff deserve all the credit in the world for putting together a fantastic game plan against the Browns. Controlling the tempo of the game, McCarthy’s balanced play-calling approach really gave Cleveland’s defense problems from the start.

 

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 20: Micah Hyde #33 of the Green Bay Packers brings the ball back to midfield on a kick return in the first quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on October 20, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mik
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First-half analysis for the Green Bay Packers

Pass Offense: Passing for 111 yards and a touchdown, Aaron Rodgers made a lot of his throws while evading pressure from the Browns' defense. Even without wide receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones, Green Bay's pass offense has played well so far.

Run Offense: Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy is off to a hot start. Bulldozing his way to 50 yards and a touchdown on the ground, Lacy provides this Green Bay offense with a tremendous sense of balance.

Pass Defense: Although they benefited from Brandon Weeden’s accuracy issues, the Packers’ pass defense played great in the first half. Collapsing the pocket and playing tight coverage, this Green Bay pass defense managed to come down with a big interception early on.

Run Defense: Holding the Browns to just 51 yards on the ground in the first half, the Packers’ run defense did a fantastic job of controlling the line of scrimmage.

Special Teams: It wasn’t a great start for the Green Bay special teams unit. A roughing the kicker penalty early in the first quarter gave the Cleveland Browns a fresh set of downs. Luckily, that mistake didn’t result in any points.

Coaching: Utilizing an up-tempo style of the play, head coach Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff did a great of job of keeping this Packers offense balanced. This game plan has clearly worked well so far, as the Packers have scored 17 points.