Friday, October 29, 2010

Green Bay Beats Struggling Cleveland

By Ross Everett

The Green Bay Packers used 21 second quarter points and three Aaron Rodgers touchdown passes to easily dispatch the punchless Cleveland Browns 31-3 on Sunday. Rodgers threw two of his three touchdowns during the second quarter onslaught, adding a fourth quarter tally for good measure. Ryan Grant added--8 yards of rushing and a touchdown in the victory, in which the Packers dominated the statistical battle.

NFL football betting enthusiasts who laid the -8' with Green Bay as road favorites cashed their tickets with the lopsided victory. Green Bay improved to 4-2 against the NFL pointspread while the Browns dropped to 3-4 against the number. The 34 points scored went UNDER the posted total of 41'. Cleveland has gone UNDER in four of seven this season, while Green Bay evened their NFL totals record at 3-3.

The Packers upped their intensity early in the game, after quarterback Aaron Rodgers was punched in the face during a scrum. He recounts what happened next:

"One of the linemen came over and said, 'Who was it? We got your back. That means a lot to me and that means a lot to our team."

David Bowens was the perpetrator, though he insisted he was simply playing hard:

"I was just trying to grab anything I had. It wasn't malicious, I was just trying to get a stop. I apologized to him for it. He can call it what he wants to call it, but the refs didn't call it. I'd treat him different if he was passing the ball, that's different. But if he's running the ball, he's a running back. It's called football."

Browns' quarterback Derek Anderson lamented his team's struggles in postgame comments:

"We aren't good right now. That's it. Period. We haven't executed. We haven't done the right things to win ballgames. We haven't run the ball effectively, thrown it where we needed to. We haven't protected up front like we need to and caught it when we need to."

Head coach Eric Mangini sounded a similar tone:

"It's a very disappointing performance across the board. I don't think we played very well. I don't think we coached very well. I thought we were making progress in a lot of areas. I don't think we showed that today -- at all."

The Packers now face a big game next Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings which will feature Brett Favre's first return to Green Bay in a visiting uniform. The Packers are a -3 home favorite with the total set at 48. They'll face the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following week before hosting the Dallas Cowboys on November 15. Cleveland will travel to Chicago for a game against the Bears next week, with the Browns installed as a +13' road underdog and the total set at 40' Cleveland will have a bye the following week before returning to action at home against Baltimore on Monday, November 16.

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