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Week 7 Game Recap: Green Bay Packers 31, Cleveland Browns 3

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers, Pass: 15 - 20 - 246 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 23 - 0

For the first time in weeks, the Packers' offensive line protected Rodgers well in the pocket. The Packers also used more rollouts to assist the line and Rodgers seemed more cognizant of the need to slide away from pressure in the pocket. One of those plays turned into a 19 yard scramble. Rodgers was accurate, delivering the ball to his receivers in stride, allowing Donald Driver and Spencer Havner to catch the ball at full speed and break long runs after the catch for touchdowns.

RB Ryan Grant, Rush: 27 - 148 - 1, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0

The Packers committed to the run early, running Grant six times in their opening drive, which featured ten rushes and only one pass. Grant was effective in the first half, stretching plays before cutting back as a hole opened. Most of his production came in the second half, as the Packers wore down the Browns' defense. Grant found it easier to get outside the tackles in the third quarter and showed a good burst of speed and broke tackles on a number of longer runs. He nearly broke a long touchdown run early in the fourth quarter but was pushed out of bounds at the five yard line.

RB Brandon Jackson, Rush: 9 - 31 - 0

Jackson saw three snaps in the first drive as a change of pace to Ryan Grant and nine rushes overall. He wasn't as effective as Grant, unable to get through small creases in the front line and usually going down on first contact.

RB John Kuhn, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0

Kuhn had one carry inside the five yard line but was stuffed for no gain.

RB Quinn Johnson, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0

Johnson was dropped for no gain inside the five yard line on a short flat route. He was primarily used as a blocker and had no other touches.

WR Greg Jennings, Rec: 5 - 52 - 0

Jennings was targeted eight times by Aaron Rodgers. His completions were mostly on short slant and in routes. He was able to gain separation easily on the Browns' cornerbacks. While he did get open downfield on a couple of plays, Rodgers had already made a decision to throw a shorter route.

WR Donald Driver, Rec: 2 - 84 - 1

Driver was only targeted three times by Rodgers but made the most of one of his two receptions. Rodgers hit him down the seam against a Cleveland blitz and Driver juked and stiff-armed his way to a 71 yard touchdown play. Driver did get separation on a third down play he turned into a first down, but was generally quiet other than the big play.

WR James Jones, Rec: 1 - 5 - 1

The Packers had little need for multiple wide receiver sets and weren't in enough critical down-and-distance situations for Jones to be a regular factor in the offense. His lone target and reception came on a stop route just over the goal line in which he had the Cleveland corner back on his heels and easily gained separation.

TE Donald Lee, Rec: 3 - 39 - 0

Lee saw the bulk of the underneath targets after Jermichael Finley's first quarter knee injury. He dropped one pass but was generally effective over the middle, finding soft spots between the Cleveland linebackers in zone coverage.

TE Jermichael Finley, Rec: 1 - 16 - 0

Finley left early in the first quarter after catching a ball on a crossing route but taking a low hit while trying to turn the ball upfield. The Packers are calling his injury a knee sprain, but haven't yet released more information.

TE Spencer Havner

Havner entered the lineup as the second tight end after Jermichael Finley's injury and immediately provided a big play. He leaked out in a short flat route after Aaron Rodgers' rolled to avoid pressure and caught a short pass, outrunning and breaking the tackles of multiple Browns' defenders down the sideline before diving over the goal line. Rodgers found him over the middle for another strong gain later in the game.

Cleveland Browns

QB Derek Anderson, Pass: 12 - 29 - 99 - 0 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0

Anderson struggled again against the Packers this week. When his receivers weren't dropping passes or failing to separate from the Green Bay corners on deep routes, Anderson was struggling with accuracy issues of his own, particularly when forced to throw the ball a half second early. Anderson showed a strong arm on a deep pass over the middle to Mohammed Massaquoi early in the first half, but couldn't connect with him on a number of other targets with underthrown or overthrown balls. Anderson's lone interception came when Brian Robiskie went one way on a curl route and Anderson threw the ball the other. Anderson also struggled in the red zone again, fumbling a snap and nearly throwing an interception into double coverage.

RB Jamal Lewis, Rush: 15 - 47 - 0

The Packers stacked the box in a 46 front for much of the first half and Lewis found no running room at all. He was able to break a couple of longer runs against a softer front in the second half, but was ineffective on all but a handful of carries. He shows little burst between the tackles and rarely gets away from first contact.

RB Jerome Harrison, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0, Rec: 4 - 23 - 0

Harrison rotated snaps with Jamal Lewis in the first quarter, but wasn't any more effective than Lewis against the eight man pressure front the Browns faced. Harrison also struggled to gain separation on short passing routes, breaking only one screen pass for significant yardage.

RB Lawrence Vickers, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0

Vickers had no carries against the Packers but was targeted four times out of the backfield. Vickers caught only one pass for a short gain.

WR Josh Cribbs, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0

The Browns only rarely aligned in the Wildcat package this week, limiting Cribbs' touches. While he aligned as the team's second wide receiver often, he was only targeted once. The completion was short and Cribbs fumbled the ball away when he turned to move upfield.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0

Massaquoi had difficulty separating from man coverage and had trouble staying in sync with Derek Anderson, who was pressured and often had to throw the ball earlier than desired. The two seemed to have trouble connecting on deep routes, as Massaquoi was usually not where Anderson expected him to be on back shoulder passes and other timing routes. He also seems to prefer catching the ball against his body than snatching it out of the air. Massaquoi did show flashes of his breakout W4 performance at times, drawing an illegal contact penalty on a sideline route and making a catch on a deep in route.

WR Chansi Stuckey

Stuckey saw a handful of snaps late, but the Browns used Greg Estandia in the slot early and Brian Robiskie to spell Joshua Cribbs. Stuckey had no targets and no catches.

WR Brian Robiskie

Robiskie continues to see increased playing time in offensive sets. He was again ineffective this week, however, failing to catch a pass on five targets. Inaccuracy in the face of Green Bay pressure was a frequent problem when the ball was thrown Robiskie's way, but Robiskie wasn't always where Derek Anderson expected him to be, including on one route in which Robiskie turned in while Anderson threw the ball outside where it was intercepted.

TE Michael Gaines, Rec: 2 - 30 - 0

Gaines saw more playing time with Robert Royal and Steve Heiden out. He caught one deep pass over the middle, but wasn't targeted often.

TE Greg Estandia, Rec: 2 - 10 - 0

With Robert Royal and Steve Heiden inactive, Estandia saw extended time as the slot tight end. He was targeted twice on short passes over the middle but was unable to gain separation consistently enough to be a bigger factor.