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Packers Pound Cleveland 31-3 in Warmup for Rematch with Vikings

The Packers played their most complete game of the season Sunday, using the game in Cleveland Sunday as a warm-up to next week’s rematch for a showdown with the Vikings at home. The Pack put up 460 yards of offense and held Cleveland to under 150 yards in a 31-3 beating.

“We felt like it was a winning performance in all three phases of the game. We thought coming in to Cleveland that special teams had the biggest challenge. I was pleased with the outcome of holding Joshua Cribbs to his return yardage. The productivity on defense really starts with the ability to win on first down. I think we are doing an excellent job up front,” Mike McCarthy said. “I am very pleased with the defensive performance and I thought we were productive on offense. You always want to score more points, but overall, in all three phases, I am really pleased with our work here.”

The Packers put up 460 yards of offense, led by Aaron Rodgers who threw for 246 yards with three touchdowns and a QB rating of 155.4. Ryan Grant led a rushing attack that went for 202 yards, he put up 148 yards with a touchdown.

“We had one drive in the first quarter and we were able to put some stuff together in the second quarter and the defense had a turnover. We ran the ball really well today,” Rodgers said. “The line did a great job and dominated the line of scrimmage—no sacks. When you’re doing that, protecting the passer and running the ball, you’re going to have success.”

The defense didn’t allow much all day. Browns QB Derek Anderson started 5-for-5 for 55 yards, but then had just 44 yards the rest of the day. Cleveland as a whole had just 139 yards, and held the ball for just 23:39 on the day.

The Pack actually trailed at one point 3-0 when Billy Cundiff kicked a 22-yard field goal two seconds into the second quarter. Then the offense got going, as Rodgers threw a 45-yard TD to Spencer Havner, then a 71-yard score to Donald Driver, who took a short pass and turned it into a long score just over five minutes later.

The route was on when Grant scored on a one-yard run with 1:56 left in the first half. The team laid waste to the Browns in the second half, not allowing an inch on defense, and putting up yards on offense to the point where Rodgers was able to take a rest and give way to Matt Flynn.

Now at 4-2, it’s on to the rematch with that guy named Brett and the Vikings.

“The ability to grow and win football games is our focus,” McCarthy said. “I feel like we’ve accomplished that the last two weeks and we are looking forward to playing the Vikings at home.”

“I think we’re playing better on offense and defense as well. It’s going to be a different type of game,” Rodgers said. “When you’re playing up in Minnesota with that noise and the Monday Night Football atmosphere, even though it’s going to be a 3:15 P.M. game, but we’ll be able to hear the snap count and audible at the line of scrimmage. The playing field will even out definitely.”

We shall see in a week if he’s right.

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