Weeden Struggles Again, Packers Pound Browns 31-13
Another week, another anemic offensive performance from quarterback Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns.
Weeden, who received little help from his receivers for much of the afternoon, was ineffective and fell to 5-14 as an NFL starter following a 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field.
He’s 0-4 this season.
Receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little spent more time slipping and running wrong routes than they did catching footballs as the 2 combined for 6 catches for 70 yards.
Weeden looked lost and continued to show little feel for the field or game in several situations. How bad was Weeden?
He finished the first quarter with a 1.7 passer rating.
The final numbers: 17 of 42 for 149 yards, a touchdown, an interception and a quarterback rating of 48.6.
Weeden opened the game with a three-and-out – including overthrowing Greg Little twice – and their second possession would’ve been a three-and-out, but Packers tight end Jake Stoneburner roughed punter Spencer Lanning giving the Browns new life.
Weeden used the extra opportunity to throw an interception to Packers cornerback Davon House on 4th and 1 while looking for Davone Bess.
Rodgers and the Packers rolled 56 yards in 11 plays capped by Eddie Lacy’s 1-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead. Lacy ran 6 times for 34 yards on the drive and finished the day with 82 yards on 22 carries.
Green Bay scored on their first possession when Rodgers hit Jermichael Finley for a 10-yard touchdown with 12:29 to play in the first. Craig Robertson, Tashaun Gipson and Buster Skrine all whiffed trying to bring Finley down capping a quick 4 play 40 yard drive for Green Bay and a 7-0 lead.
Head coach Rob Chudzinski dipped into the bag of desperation on a fourth-and-1 at their own 43. Chris Ogbonnaya took a direct snap to barely pick up the first down despite a Packers challenge of the spot. A 15-yard completion to Jordan Cameron and an 11 yard scramble by Weeden set up Billy Cundiff for a 44-yard field goal to get Cleveland on the board and make it a 14-3 game.
Mason Crosby extended the Packers lead to 17-3 with 26-yard field goal just before half as the Browns went to the locker room trailing for the first time this season. Crosby missed from 52 to open the second half.
After exchanging three-and-outs, the Browns started at the Packers 46 but did nothing with the excellent field position.
With less than 11:30 to play in the fourth quarter, Chudzinski elected to go for it on 4th and 15. Weeden’s pass to Gordon inside the 10 was broken up by House.
Despite the final score, the Browns’ defense bounced back after allowing Green Bay to convert 6 of 8 third downs in the first half to limit the Packers to just 1 of 5 on third down conversions in the second half.
With 10:22 left in the game, safety Tashaun Gipson was flagged for unnecessary roughness for allegedly leading with his helmet following a 10 yard completion to Finley. Finley, who was carted off on a stretcher, lowered his head and Gipson hit him with his shoulder while trying to avoid a helmet to helmet hit.
Rodgers later hit Jordy Nelson for a 2-yard TD to extend Green Bay’s lead to 24-6 with 8:30 to play and all but seal the victory.
Travis Benjamin returned the ensuing kick 86 yards to the Packers’ 20.
An offside penalty gave the Browns new life on 4th and goal and Weeden hit Cameron for the 2-yard touchdown to cut the Packers lead to 24-13 with 6:09 to play.
The ensuing onside kick was an adventure. Joe Haden recovered the first attempt but an offside penalty wiped it out. The second kick was also recovered by the Browns but it didn’t travel 10 yards giving the Packers the football.
After a questionable pass interference penalty on Buster Skrine, Rodgers found Jarrett Boykin for a 20 yards and a score after Skrine slipped and then Boykin extended the ball across the goal line to close out the scoring. Boykin caught 8 passes for 103 yards in the win.
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