Head coach Rob Chudzinski will have a big decision to make at the quarterback position this week. He praised Brandon Weeden during the week for having some good practices, but for the first quarter and a half of play, he was worse than anyone could imagine. His passes were not even in the same zip code of open receivers, and he finished the first quarter with a QB rating of 1.7.
The Packers got good field position twice in the first quarter as a result of the ineffectiveness of the offense, but the Browns' defense didn't help matters: they gave up a 10-yard touchdown pass to JerMichael Finley and a 1-yard touchdown run to Eddie Lacy as third down defensive woes continued.
Part-way through the second quarter, Weeden was at least able to be somewhat accurate with a few of his passes. The Browns got a 46-yard field goal from Billy Cundiff, but the Packers countered with a field goal by Mason Crosby to make it 17-3 heading into the half.
The Browns' defense did a fair job in the third quarter of play, forcing several three-and-outs or turnovers on downs. Unfortunately, the Browns' offense could only muster a 44-yard field goal to make it 17-6 heading into the final quarter of play.
Cleveland was actually on the move at the start of the first quarter -- despite how awful they had played, they were in the game. Facing a 4th-and-15 in field goal range, Chudzinski made a questionable decision, opting to go for it instead of making it an 8-point game with a lot of time to go. Weeden actually almost connected deep with Josh Gordon, but the pass was broken up. Green Bay scored a touchdown pass to Jordy Nelson, going up 24-6.
Thanks to a big Travis Benjamin kickoff return, a few minutes later, Weeden found tight end Jordan Cameron for a touchdown to make it 24-13. Cleveland went for the onside kick and got it, but were flagged for being offsides. Then tried it again and got it, but were flagged for illegal touching. Green Bay tacked on another touchdown pass -- this time to Brandon Boykin -- to finally seal the deal at 31-13 (but not before Weeden was almost picked on another ill-advised flip-type pass).
Next up, the Browns take on the undefeated Chiefs on the road. It might be Jason Campbell under center, though.