Browns Get Shutout

The Browns looked too much like last year's squad as they were dominated by the Packers, 17-0. Was it the brown pants? Let's hope so. Fred Greetham wraps up the less-than-inspiring first fake game.

It didn't look much different than 2008.

The Browns didn't score an offensive touchdown in their final six games of the 2008 season. It was only preseason but the Browns couldn't get into the end zone again.

In Eric Mangini's preseason debut as coach of the Browns, the Browns dug themselves a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter and the score remained 14-0 at the half. The final was 17-0.

Mistakes, penalties and blown assignments littered the early going. The Browns shot themselves in the foot in the red zone on two occasions resulting in being shut out at the half.

Overall, the Browns quarterbacks threw four interceptions and came away with no points in two trips to the red zone.

The Packers took the opening kickoff and went 78 yards in seven plays on their first possession.  Aaron Rodgers had no pressure as he hit Donald Driver for 53 yards on third-and-10 with 12:07 to play in the first quarter. Driver was wide open behind Abe Elam and Brodney Pool.

After the Browns had to take a field goal off of the board, the Packers went right back to work again. On their second possession from the Browns' 37 the Packers went for it on fourth-and-6. Rodgers overthrew James Jones, but Corey Ivy was called for holding to give the Packers a first down at the Browns' 30. A 19-yard pass to Donald Lee took the ball down to the seven. Ryan Grant took the ball to the two on first down and then Grant took it in on the next play to make it 14-0 with 1:59 to play. On their first two possessions, the Packers went 78 yards and 68 yards for touchdowns.

Meanwhile, on the Browns' first possession with Brady Quinn at the helm, the offense moved from their own 21 to the Packers' 13 before stalling. Quinn went to Mike Furrey for 10 for a first down and then Josh Cribbs ran a reverse for 29 yards to the Green Bay 35.

Quinn unloaded a pass on a blitz and it was dropped by the defender or it would have been disaster.  Quinn hit Furrey for another 10 yard play on third down to take the ball to the Packers' 21. Quinn hit Robert Royal for 7 to the 14. After a third down incomplete pass to Cribbs, Phil Dawson came in and hit a 31-yard field goal but a holding penalty on Hank Fraley made Dawson kick the ball again from the 41 and this time Dawson pushed it wide right and the score remained 7-0.

Quinn had just one drive and then Anderson came in on the next possession. He had a three-and-out series.

Rodgers left the game with two touchdowns on two series and turned it over to Matt Flynn. He moved the team to the Browns' 37 before he was sacked at the Browns' 42 on third-and-14 by C.J. Mosley. Mason Crosby attempted a 60-yard field goal and it had the distance but hit the upright and bounced off with 9:28 to play in the second quarter.

On Anderson's second series, he threw a near interception on first down, but a defensive holding penalty started the drive. Anderson then threw an interception at the Packers' 11 as he was hit by Desmond Bishop and Terman Williams picked off the pass intended for Cribbs.

The Packers moved the ball again, but stalled and Crosby attempted another long field goal, this one from 55 yards out and he was wide right.

The Browns took over at their own 45 with 1:50 to play in the first half. Quinn went back in and hit Cribbs and Furrey on back-to-back plays for a first down to the Packers' 42. After a pass to Royal, Quinn hit a quick slant to Cribbs for 16 yards and then a face mask penalty took the ball to the seven.

Lewis ran on first down for one yard and then Quinn hit Edwards in the back of the end zone on a play that should've been a touchdown, but Edwards dropped the ball.  On third down, Anthony Smith intercepted the pass intended for Edwards to thwart the drive and end the half.

The two teams played a scoreless third quarter.

Brett Ratliff played all of the third quarter and into the fourth quarter. Ratliff's biggest play was when he hit Aaron Walker for 29 yards to the Packers' 35 after an interception by Coye Francies. However, after a couple of penalties, the drive fizzled.

The Packers took over and had a 12 play, 58-yard drive that resulted in a 45-yard field goal by Crosby to make it 17-0 with just over five minutes to play.

Ratliff threw his second interception and fourth for the Browns with under four minutes to play and the Packers took over at the Browns' 30. They moved to the Browns' five and went for the first down on fourth down and converted to the two. The Packers took a knee and ran out the clock.

Notebook

QB Derby: QB Brady Quinn was 3-of-5 for 27 yards on his first drive and 4-of-6 for 41 yards and an interception on his second drive. Overall, he finished 7-of-11 for 68 yards and an interception. He hit WR Mike Furrey for two first downs on third down. Quinn had a touchdown pass dropped by WR Braylon Edwards. QB Derek Anderson was three and out on his first series. He finished 0–of-2 for 0 yards and an interception.

Brett Ratliff started the third quarter and was one-of-2 for nine yards. He recovered his own fumble to force a punt. He then threw an interception on his second series. Ratliff was 7-of-13  for 84 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked three times. QB Richard Bartel did not play.

Rookie Watch: WR Brian Robiskie and WR Mohamed Massaquoi played in the third quarter. Robiskie caught his first pass in the third quarter on a short screen for a first down on third-and-11 for 15 yards. Massaquoi caught a pass for 6 yards. CB Coye Francies intercepted a pass early in the fourth quarter to stop a Packers' drive. He also had a big hit on RB Tyrell Sutton for a loss and a pass defensed. LB David Veikune also intercepted a tipped pass. LB Marcus Benard had a sack and tipped the pass that was intercepted by Veikune.

Former Akron Native Shines: RB Tyrell Sutton, a native of Akron and Northwestern carried the load much of the second half against the Browns. He had 16 carries for 91 yards, including a long of 17 yards.

Fraley at center: OL Hank Fraley started at center in favor of first-round draft choice Alex Mack. Fraley was flagged for holding to negate the Browns first score. Mack was flagged for holding after the Browns started on the Packers' 39 after an interception.

Pass Rush: On the Packers first touchdown drive they were faced with third-and-10, but QB Aaron Rodgers stood in the pocket and hit a wide open WR Donald Driver for a 53-yard score with no rush. On the second series, LB Kamerion Wimbley ha a couple shots at Rodgers, but couldn't bring him down. C.J. Mosley sacked QB Matt Flynn on a full blown blitz to halt the Packers' third drive. LB David Veikune intercepted a pass from QB Brian Brohm after LB Marcus Benard tipped a pass and the Browns started at the Packers' 39. Benard had the Browns second sack.

No Rushing Game: RB Jamal Lewis rushed for 17 yards on 7 carries. Cribbs had a 29-yard run on a reverse to lead the Browns. James Davis had just two carries for five yards, while RB Jerome Harrison had three carries for four yards.

Getting Dominated: In the first half, the Packers had the ball 20:31 to the Browns 9:29. Overall, the Packers had the ball 39:56 to the Browns' 20:04. The Packers had 392 yards to the Browns 191. The Packers had 25 first downs to the Browns' 11. The Browns were 0 for 2 in the red zone.

Go to Mike: WR Mike Furrey was the go to guy for the Browns on third down. He converted two third down conversions on the Browns' first possession. He had three receptions for 16 yards in the first half. Josh Cribbs had two receptions for 40 yards in the first half. TE Aaron Walker was the leading receiver with three receptions for 48 yards.

Braylon's Back:  As expected, WR Braylon Edwards started and played the majority of the first half. However, near the end of the first half, two balls were thrown his way in the end zone. The first one was right between the numbers and he couldn't hang on. The second one was a little behind him and it was intercepted by Anthony Smith.

Defense: DL Ahtyba Rubin started in place of DL Shaun Rogers. It was not stated why Rogers was not in the lineup. In the early going, the Browns defense looked like the previous year's Browns defenses. The Packers drove 78 yards for a score on their first possession and 68 yards on their second possession. Rubin leveled RB Ryan Grant for an incomplete short pass. LB Alex Hall and LB D'Qwell Jackson each had four tackles to lead the defense in the first half.

Penalties: For all the work to eliminate penalties and mistakes throughout training camp, the Browns had some costly penalties early. OL Hank Fraley was holding to take away a field goal, while DB Corey Ivy had illegal contact on fourth down to give the Packers a first down. An illegal contact on DB Brandon McDonald on third down kept a drive going.

Brown Pants: The White team wore brown pants in last week's scrimmage and the entire team wore white shirts and brown pants for the preseason opener on the road against the Packers. It is believed the team is planning on wearing the ensemble for all road games this season. The last time the Browns wore the brown pants was last year in the preseason when they were blown out by the Giants. After that game, the Browns decided to shelve the outfits.


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