Packer offense lights up Cleveland

The Packers' 38-31 win over the Browns in Cleveland Friday night finally shed some light on Green Bay's offensive potential. Brett Favre, with his starting line and receivers intact for the first time this preseason, struck gold in the first quarter, then the reserves kept up the pace.<p>

Brett Favre went 9-of-14 for 102 yards and threw one TD pass in his three series. With a familiar cast in front of him, he came out throwing. He went 4-of-5 on the opening drive, culminating in a 22-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver with 11:22 remaining in the quarter. Driver beat three receivers on the play and used a second effort to get into the end zone. The TD put an exclamation mark on the preseason debut of Driver, who has been hampered by a hamstring injury.

This is the first time we've had this group together since the second game of last season," Coach Mike Sherman said. "Hopefully we can build on that."

Ahman Green rushed for 55 yards and scored on a 1-yard run for the Packers (2-1).

Reserves made some noise Friday night. Herbert "Whisper" Goodman and Nick Luchey had rushing TDs in the third quarter. Akili Smith's 13-yard TD shovel pass to Goodman in the fourth put the Packers up 38-28.

Reserve Craig Nall was expected to miss Friday's game with a hyperextended knee, but he returned to action with good results.

The defensive news was not as good. Cleveland's starters matched Green Bay, leading 21-17 at halftime. They also put a dent in the Packers' outstanding start with a strong first impression of their own. On the Browns' second play, QB contender Kelly Holcomb made two nice fakes before hooking up with running back William Green on a screen pass which went 82 yards for a touchdown.

"Defensively, it wasn't a good enough performance," head coach Mike Sherman said. "We gave up a big play in the firstquarter. That is frustrating.

"Our run defense was okay, but we gave up too many big plays and we can't do that," Sherman said. "You can't give up explosive plays and expect to win the game."

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