Sat. Final: Packers 17, Browns 0
Donald Driver. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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9:36 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 4:10
Drive Start: Clev 30
Brohm with this type of running game should have no problem. Sutton is becoming a fan favorite. "This is a great way to end a preseason game, putting it on the ground, can't stop ya," said Larry. Much agreed.
Three defenders have to drag down Tyrell Sutton for eight yards inside the five. This guy wants a job here, doesn't he!
Do they go for the end zone or run out the clock inside a minute? It's victory formation to a chorus of boos.
But it's more classy.
9:29 p.m. Browns' 3rd Drive 5:28
Drive Start: Clev 28
Oh, to watch the tube and see a couple taking a digital photo of themselves with a cheesehead and brat-head. How romantic.
Ah...Noah Herron in a Browns uni. If he's in this late in preseason game No. 1, there's some major doubts he'll make the team.
SPENCER HAVNER blasting a wideout to dislodge...rather, toaster-pop a ball out of a receiver's hands.
An interception by Peprah and he gets a great return out of it...but the Browns' QB's are rather suspect.
9:18 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 11:45
Green Bay 17, Cleveland 0
Drive Start: GB 14
Sutton has another gear as he bounces to the left. He absolutely has other gears when he sees green and not enemy jerseys.
Again, Sutton is showing he may get a roster spot, as he spun around and turned a five-yard loss into a 14-yard gain - a 5' 8", 213 lbs. whirling dervish.
They're mowing down time while Sutton mows down yards. Great for fans who want a quick preseason game.
Jake Allen had a pass thrown behind him a bit, but he had MAJOR allegator arms, but it's the first chance for Crosby to hit a realistic field goal - 45 yards. Yes.
9:13 p.m. Browns' 1st Drive 14:01
Drive Start: Clev 30
Ratliff remains and gets lots of reps. Anthony Smith gets burned again.
Ratliff, on 3rd down, was totally forced to throw a ball away with a heck of a rush thanks to scheming and blitzes.
9:08 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 15:00
Drive Start: Clev 25
Brohm's getting good protection, but there's not much happening with it because of a bunch of penalties. A 3rd-and-22 means a pass through the hands of his receiver and it's an INT that's the WR's fault.
9:00 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 4:57
Drive Start: GB 31
Brohm at QB and Lumpkin shows he can power through defenses for good yardage - about seven yards. He and Sutton are continuing to plaster the Browns' line of scrimmage and penetrate through.
Twitter @RepTJMac answering our query about A.J. Hawk wearing a winter hat in August:
"Hawk marches to his own drummer ... no pain and swet - no gain."
Yeah, but he'd sweat anyway with all that hair.
8:53 p.m. Browns' 3rd Drive 7:57
Drive Start: Clev 14
Desmond Bishop is Mr. August again...dominating 2nd and 3rd quarters of preseason games. A sack of Ratliff proving it again.
8:47 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 10:33
Drive Start: GB 34
The cheer squad for the Packers had to be run off the field by the ref because they took too much time.
Brohm back on again, doing the Michael Jackson thing wearing one glove, except this isn't a white one on his throwing hand. It worked on a throw to Ruvell Martin for a first down.
Why is A.J. Hawk wearing a Packers winter hat when it's 80 degrees outside? Explain, please.
Brett Swaim misses a sideline catch and it's the first Packers punt all night. No Mason Crosby 481 yard field goal attempt.
8:43 p.m. Browns' 2nd Drive 12:08
Drive Start: GB 39
Brett Ratliff now in gear for Cleveland...well, maybe not, as Desmond Bishop picks Ratliff's pocket like he's Theo Ratliff trying to run the break by himself.
8:41 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 12:16
Drive Start: GB 37
Wayne mentions his love of the Big Angus burger by McDonald's. Larry's the fan of the little burgers. Hmmmm...not like our Larry.
A pass by Brohm tipped from behind is immediately intercepted by Cleveland. Corey Williams blasting Tony Moll.
8:35 p.m. Browns' 1st Drive 15:00
Drive Start: Clev 20
It's third-stringer time for the Browns, and Ratliff isn't used to the criss-cross blitzes the Packers' D is throwing at them. Perhaps it's tipping what the team may do regular season, but thinking about it, I'd rather get the reps in.
Blackmon with a safety blitz, forcing a fumble, but the Browns recover.
8:12 p.m. Browns' 2nd Drive 1:50
Drive Start: Clev 45
At least the Packers showed they could guzzle the clock. Browns' 1st-teamers in against the Packers' 2nd guys, or some of them at least.
Anthony Smith, the guy from Pittsburgh, not only got burned like toast by Josh Cribbs, but he committed a stupid 15-yard penalty for face mask which brought the Browns to the five yard line.
THERE'S REDEMPTION FOR YA! Smith with an end zone pick.
8:00 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 8:35
Drive Start: GB 19
Solid vision by DeShawn Wynn with a power block from the right side.
Another 3rd down for Green Bay and some premature jumping. I think they listened to too many Pointer Sisters records..."Jump...for my love...." - or is it Van Halen "Jump?" Which do you prefer?
I think Matt Flynn has grown by leaps and bounds as a quarterback the last year. In '08 preseason, his eyes were bigger than deer in headlights. Now, he can manage the trees coming at him like Bambi.
Two great plays by James Jones with moves that "you could freeze vodka with a move like that" as Wayne put it. I prefer Jameson's myself, though only for great celebratory moments.
Then came a five yard penalty for offsides by Havner and Larry's first "AAAAAAGH!" of the year.
The second should have come on Flynn's overthrow of a wide open receiver on 3rd down.
Crosby from 55....no good....wide right. Come on...it's two plus-50 FG's. Judge nothing from them.
7:58 p.m. Browns' 1st Drive 9:28
Drive start: 50 yard line
1st play - Will Blackmon jumped the route at the 40 yard line, but he pushed off Josh Cribbs.
3rd play - Tramon Williams does it and doesn't have to push off a receiver to get to it.
7:45 p.m. Packers 1st Drive 15:00
Crosby 60 yd FG off the upright
Drive Start: GB 44 (at 50 to start quarter)
On 3rd, Matt Flynn shows he can hit wide open receivers when he telegraphs where he's throwing. Finley got the pass for a first down.
Smith tipped a pass right back to Matt Flynn, who scampered for six yards. Shades of Brett Favre's first throw as a Packer, except he actually gained yardage this time.
Wayne, for some reason, comments about southern drawls like the one the ref has. My in-laws in West Virginia probably want to give Wayne a sack of West Virginia coal for Christmas.
Great play design gets Brandon Jackson a nine-yard run out of the shotgun formation. They can't run every time out of the shotgun.
Flynn, though, has begun to figure things out. On a play negated by a five-yard ineligible man-downfield penalty, Flynn was able to scramble on a keep pass and find Nelson open on the run.
Whaaaa? Illegal formation penalty on the Packers? Jiminy Christmas! This is getting overdone. Top 5 in penalties last year, and it's the same thing Week 1 preseason.
Then on 3rd and 52,018 yards, Flynn gets sacked when the Browns bring the kitchen sink.
7:42 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 0:10
Drive Start: GB 44
This play will move quick as Aaron Rodgers' night is done.
7:38 p.m. Browns' 2nd Drive 1:59
Drive Start: Clev 25
1st down, and Brandon Chillar (or someone in the line-of-scrimmage mess) tipped a pass higher than a dig in an Olympic volleyball match before Robert Royal became butterfingers and dropped it.
The Packers' 3-4 really becomes more of a 5-2 when the O-linebackers simply bump at the line of scrimmage. Whatever it is, it's getting great penetration. You win the line of scrimmage, more often than not, you win. Three-and-out.
7:25 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 6:53
Green Bay 14, Cleveland 0
Ryan Grant 2 yd TD run
Drive Start: GB 34
Aah, the keep pass to the tight end, and Finley shows he can make solid yardage. He could be a HUGE key to bring defenders closer to the line of scrimmage and open up the offense for the wideouts.
I love watching Aaron Rodgers see pressure and throw the ball out of bounds instead of forcing things. Smart to take your lumps that way and go after it next play.
Nice cutback and shift through linemen by Brandon Jackson, but it was a six-yard-gain on third and 10. Hmmm....me thinkest McCarthy goes into fourth-down territory. Me also thinkest that Donald Lee was interefered with on fourth down.
Donald Lee turned Edwin Moses as he moved into the red zone to the Cleveland 7 on a 20-yard gain. The 2012 Games are three years away, Donald.
I'm liking the penetration the O-line is producing - Barbre and Lee with great blocks on 1st down - five yard gain.
Grant with a great move to the pylon for the score.
7:12 p.m. Browns' 1st Drive 12:00
Phil Dawson 41 yd FG missed
Drive Start: Clev 21
After one average run play, a good job of an inside stuff with Montgomery leading the charge of three linebackers. Pickett stuffing the Browns' line like a Thanksgiving turkey.
Reverse with Cribbs and a 29-yard gain with NOBODY HOME. The contain man forgot to contain, as Larry explained it. I remember my old high school coach yelling "outside containment."
Aaron Kampman, though, getting great pass rush. and that's out of the linebacker spot, but a great clear-out play by Cleveland brought them on the cusp of the red zone.
A solid pass tip from the line of scrimmage forced the Phil Dawson field goal attempt, pushed to the right side - and a Cleveland penalty cost them.
"any word on when the NFL will be going to 2 exhibition games?"
Zero word, my friend. The teams make more net revenue off preseason games than regular season, because they can control their TV rights, and make money by selling TV ads that they can't with the network regular season package.
They want that preseason money, and they don't want to pay regular season salaries.
7:05 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 15:00
Green Bay 7, Cleveland 0
Rodgers-to-Driver 53 yard TD pass
Drive Start: GB 21
With the Packers going north-south in the first quarter, the first play proved to show the Packers' offensive line couldn't handle the Browns' blitz and Grant went for a one-yard loss off tackle.
Jennings made a great diving catch a play later - the big combo still working seven months after their last game.
HECK of a cutback by Grant to be able to sprint through a truck-size hole onto the edge of Cleveland territory.
WOW WAS DRIVER WIDE OPEN on the deep post to Driver, and as Wayne put it, Rodgers could have read four chapters of War and Peace with that protection. Larry: "What a way to start the preseason."
I also have to say I am NOT a fan of the orange helmets and brown pants of the Browns. Stick with white or orange. It just looks weird.
For the pregame toss, the Browns' captain is Brookfield East/UW alum Joe Thomas. Who wins it? The Packers.
A 2009 preseason with more than new faces, but a completely new defense will begin tonight as the Green Bay Packers host the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field.
Tonight is the unveiling of new defensive coordinator Dom Capers' 3-4 scheme, and the question is how many Packers personnel whom were held over from last year will properly adjust?
In truth, we may not know much about those answers.
Despite the need to give players their "reps" in the new scheme, it's very possible Capers will not use many of the nooks and crannies that his defensive scheme offers - including complicated blitz schemes that easily confuse linemen and quarterbacks.
"I've pretty much got it down," said cornerback Charles Woodson. "This defense is so complicated for an offense, that if we get it down, we'll be a very tough team to beat."
Offensively, Aaron Rodgers will play some, but isn't expected to go beyond one quarter of action.