Week 7 Preview: Browns at Packers

Week 7 Preview: Browns at Packers

We have everything you need to know about today's game, from notes and stats to our prediction.

CLEVELAND (3-3) at GREEN BAY (3-2)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE: Green Bay by 11

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Cleveland 3-3, Green Bay 3-2

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 11-7

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Browns 31-3, Oct. 25, 2009

LAST WEEK: Browns lost to Lions 31-17; Packers beat Ravens 19-17

AP PRO32RANKING: Browns No. 21, Packers No. 8

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Packers won teams' last meeting in Cleveland, but Browns won last meeting at Lambeau Field, 26-24 in 2005. ... Browns 29th in league in third-down defense, allowing 44 percent conversion rate. ... TE Jordan Cameron sixth in league with 38 receptions, for 460 yards and five TDs. ... Browns have led at halftime of all six games, but have been outscored 55-3 in second half of three losses. ... CB Buster Skrine tied for second in league in passes defended (10). ... Browns won last road game, at Minnesota, but that was with Brian Hoyer at QB. Brandon Weeden is back as starter after Hoyer damaged knee and was lost for rest of season. ... Packers have 100-yard rushers in three of last four weeks - Eddie Lacy, James Starks, Johnathan Franklin - after not having one for nearly three seasons. ... Packers have posted at least 385 yards of offense in eight straight regular-season games, tied with Denver for longest current streak in league. ... WR Jordy Nelson averaging 19.8 yards receiving over same period. ... K Mason Crosby needs six points to move past Chris Jacke (820) into third on team's career scoring list. ... Packers 31st in league in allowing touchdowns in red zone (75 percent), though defense coming off holding Ravens out of end zone on fourth-and-goal at 1 last week. ... Packers plan to wear alternate third jersey recreating uniform from 1929, year of franchise's first world title.

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (5-0): The Packers are short-handed and missing some star power. The Browns are underrated because of their strong defense. If James Jones can't play, Jordy Nelson might be the best receiver on the field but Cleveland has the next-best three. The Browns also have the better tight end. The Packers' running game has been unbelievably good but they've feasted on defenses playing to take away Aaron Rodgers. Cleveland, on the other hand, will line up with its base defense to take away the Packers' running game and dare Jarrett Boykin and Miles White to make plays. Can Green Bay run the ball, and can Rodgers make enough big plays? Can Green Bay's secondary make a play against careless Brandon Weeden? The answers are yes and yes. Packers 20, Browns 16.

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