Underdog Cleveland Browns Take Down Green Bay Packers On Road

August 15, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

The start of the 2010 NFL season was a disappointing one in Green Bay. The Packers went down early, and couldn’t muster a late comeback to lose to the Cleveland Browns 27-24. Their second-team defense slowed down the Browns after getting pummeled in the first half. However, the Packer offense failed to overcome the deficit.

The Browns saw the debut of Jake Delhomme, who is trying to continue his career while they groom Colt McCoy for the future. Delhomme led them to an early lead, and the defense never looked back. Cleveland was widely considered the underdog by the best USA sportsbooks coming into the game.

The opening kickoff was down in the endzone for the touchback, and Delhomme led the offense from his own 20-yard line. A mixture of packages let Jerome Harrison run through holes that opened up the passing lanes for Mohamed Massaquoi. Harrison punched in the ball from the Green Bay four-yard line for the early 7-0 lead. The first play was forgettable for Ryan Grant, as he fumbled on his first run from scrimmage to give the Browns the ball deep in Packers territory. Seneca Wallace took over for the Browns and after two incompletions, hit Brian Robiskie for a 13-yard touchdown. Aaron Rodgers came out determined not to disappoint those that bought tickets for the Packers first pre-season game. Grant got the packers out of their hole on the 16, then Rodgers began to hit receivers. Greg Jennings broke open, and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to bring the Packers back into the game 7-14.

The Packers opened up the second quarter by tying the game at 14 when John Kuhn ran into the the Browns’ endzone. Kuhn is expected to be another useful weapon for Rodgers according to the 2010 Green Bay Packers season preview. Wallace then showed why he deserves the backup role by leading the Browns on a 63-yard drive, finishing with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ben Watson for a 21-14 lead. The next few drives stalled, but a muffed punt by Sam Shields gave the Browns some hope for points before the half. McCoy then threw an interception to Brandon Underwood to bring out Matt Flynn for the Packers. He too threw an interception to Brandon McDonald to end the half.

The third quarter began with Packers running back Kregg Lumpkin running all over the browns. A pass interference call put the ball on the Cleveland one-yard line and Lumpkin punched it in for the score. With the score all knotted up at 21, the game was certainly in the balance. Neither team could muster a score for the rest of the quarter, and McCoy threw his second interception dropping his quarterback rating to 16.7. The 2010 Cleveland Browns season preview has McCoy third in the depth chart.

Brett Ratliff took over for the Browns in the fourth quarter, but their first drive stalled. Quinn Porter looked good for the Packers on their first drive, finding seams in the Browns defense on the way to a Mason Crosby field goal. The rest of the quarter would belong to Ratliff and the Browns. The first scoring drive went 25 yards, and led to a Phil Dawson field goal. Dawson hit another field goal, this time from 46-yards to seal the victory with zeros on the game clock.

The Browns overcame the 2 1/2 point underdog line given to them by BetUS sportsbook. The Packers have no reason to be concerned this early in the season about a loss to the Browns. The 51 total points score in the game was more than enough to cover the 34-point over/under line.

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