staff predictions

Packers the heavy favorite to beat the Browns staff writers predict the outcome of Sunday's game between the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field:

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers 17, Browns 14
Comment: Green Bay should be able to attack Cleveland's porous run-defense. This will take some pressure off of Brett Favre. But the Browns also have a solid rushing attack and their offensive line didn't allow a sack in 43 passing attempts last week against Cincinnati. This will be a close game from start to finish.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Packers 20, Browns 13
Comment: Lately most of the Packers' luck has been bad. The emotional setting of Sunday's home opener vs. the beatable Browns should be just what Green Bay needs to put this young season back on track.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers 24, Browns 20
Comment: Well, if the Packers can't win this game, then they might be better off spending the year in the Big Ten. Is it possible to have a must-win game in Week 2. Yes, if you've already lost to Detroit. The schedule isn't going to get any easier. Galvanized by the loss of Javon Walker and the tribute to Reggie White, the Packers show a little life.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers 17, Browns 10
Comment: Just as the Packers found a way to lose against the Lions, I think they'll find a way to beat the Browns for three reasons: First, the Browns are a team in transition with a new head coach, two new coordinators and 26 new players. They'll need time to jell as a unit. Second, though the Browns have a talented and pretty balanced offensive attack, Trent Dilfer is not a world beater at quarterback and Jim Bates' defensive scheme should cause him some problems. And third, the Packers are playing at Lambeau Field which is not nearly the advantage it used to be but it should help against a weaker team, especially with the added tribute to Reggie White.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers 24 Browns 21

John Lombardi, Correspondent
Packers 24, Browns 10
Comment: The Browns are not that good yet and the Packers should be motivated to play better after last week's lay down.

Jeff Royle, Publisher
Packers 34, Browns 17
Comment:The offense can't be that bad two weeks in a row. An emotional stadium with the Reggie White jersey retirement will be the wake up call for what seemed to be a lifeless and un-inspired effort against the Lions. Ahman Green needs to get at least 20 carries and Sherman has to open up the play book on offense. Another home opener loss could mean big trouble for the rest of this season.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers 23, Browns 13
Comment: The Packers aren't as bad as they looked last week, but the Browns are. Look for the Packers to step up and play the kind of game that would make Reggie White proud as they retire his number.

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers 27, Browns 13
Comment: With a bad loss in Week 1, Reggie White Day dominating headlines on Sunday, and facing a poor team in a home opener, the Packers have all the motivation they need to make this a sure win.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers 34, Browns 17
Comment: Last week was such a debacle on offense and with the penalties it had to of waken everyone up. Combine that with the retiring of Reggie's number, it should be a good and needed win at home.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers 31, Browns 14
Comment: Javon Who? Cleveland is the NFL's worst team, so at least for this week the loss of Javon Walker won't mean a thing. Also, retiring Reggie White's No. 92 jersey won't hurt at all in firing up the Packers. Comment:

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