Sean Tehan from Packers101 joins us with questions about the Cleveland Browns leading up to this Sunday's game at Lambeau Field. Browns 101 will return the favor later in the week.
Every week has been a roller coaster of emotions. We’ve experienced the highs of Brian Hoyer leading the team to victory over the Vikings and Bengals. We were crushed when Hoyer was hurt in his big hometown showcase game on national TV, even though Brandon Weeden led the Browns to victory in that game. Nobody believes that Weeden is the long-term answer, from the top of the organization to the guy sitting in front of his TV. The running game has improved with Willis McGahee, when the team decides to run the ball. In all three losses, the Browns totally abandoned the run in the second half.
2. The Packers have a legitimate rushing attack this season with rookie Eddie Lacy and an improved offensive line in front of him, so how do you see the Browns defending the Packers' balanced offensive attack?
The Browns run defense has been the strength of the team. The Browns held the Dolphins to 20 yards rushing and held Adrian Peterson from running wild. So I think the Browns defense can hold its own against Lacy, even if they don’t totally shut him down. The Browns defense has been only vulnerable when the Browns offense fails and they have to keep trudging back onto the field.
3. The Browns lost quarterback Brian Hoyer to a season-ending injury, do you believe 2nd-year quarterback Brandon Weeden is an upgrade or downgrade from Hoyer?
Downgrade. Even though Weeden was a first-round pick last year, he has very clear limitations, as he just turned 30 this week. He holds the ball too long, and he can’t escape the pass rush. Hoyer studied under Tom Brady for four years, and he learned to get rid of the ball. He also just seems to make decisions quicker than Weeden. Every Browns fan hopes Hoyer comes back 100 percent next year so we can really see what he can do as the starter.
4. If the Cleveland Browns are going to win this game, they are going to have to do what?
Green Bay is the better team, so the Browns are going to have to make something dramatic happen, like Travis Benjamin’s punt-return touchdown in the win over the Bills. They have to put pressure on Aaron Rodgers, or it will be a really long day. Most importantly, they have to establish the running game with McGahee. The Browns need Brandon Weeden to be a game manager, limiting his mistakes. The Browns don’t want to be in the position where they have to rely on Weeden to be the hero at the end of the game.
5. Final Prediction?
Even when the tundra isn’t frozen, Green Bay is a tough place to play. I think the Packers are going to win 20-13.
Thanks again for doing this, hopefully both of our readers will enjoy this!
Thank you as well! I’ll be sending you my questions about the Packers soon.
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