NFL Week 7 Preview: Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers picked up a brutal road victory at the Baltimore Ravens, and now ride a two-game win streak to a matchup with the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau. Cleveland (3-3) just fell to 0-3 with Brandon Weeden as starter by sputtering late against the Detroit Lions.
NFL Week 7 Matchup: Browns at Packers; 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS
Browns-Packers Spread: Packers -10.5
This battle between perennial contenders and 2013 upstarts is unlikely to be a billed an even matchup despite the jarringly similar records. The Packers come in at 3-2 following consecutive wins against playoff-aspiring squads in the Ravens and Lions, while Cleveland struggled mightily against the latter this week.
After a clunker in Cincy last month, Aaron Rodgers has been making a strong bid for his second MVP trophy (or would be if it wasn’t for that dastardly Peyton Manning). His 105.5 quarterback rating entering Week 6 put him top-five with Manning, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers and Drew Brees — yet it doesn’t even feel like Rodgers’ absolute best is on display thus far.
Even without potentially without injured WRs Randall Cobb and James Jones, Jordy Nelson and Co. trump what Weeden has in Josh Gordon and not much else, so that plus the Rodgers vs. Weeden factor alone will swing this line way toward green and gold.
Key Matchup: Nick Perry vs. Mitchell Schwartz
Schwartz is following up a stellar rookie year with an uneven sophomore campaign at right tackle for the Browns. Weeden’s not the most aware passer in the pocket, so fellow sophomore Perry can swing the game by burning Schwartz and making life tough on Weeden.