TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 20, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Lambeau Field
Weather: High 51, Low 31
Line: Green Bay (-10)
As one of the best teams in the NFL, despite their record, the Green Bay Packers are looking to make a strong push to the top of the NFC North. Green Bay is led by arguably the best quarterback in the league and a former MVP in Aaron Rodgers who could easily bring this team back to Super Bowl prominence. Rodgers has 1,646 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season for the fourth-best passing offense in the league. He will be without two of his top three targets in week seven as James Jones and Randall Cobb both suffered leg injuries. However, Cobb will be out for at least six weeks with a rough leg injury while Jones should be back soon. Jordy Nelson will now get most of the targets as he has all season long. Nelson has 27 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, the Cleveland Browns are looking for answers after a tough loss at home to the Detroit Lions in week six. The Browns have had one of the best turnarounds in the NFL this season after starting the season 0-2 and trading away a key piece in the offense in Trent Richardson. Richardson was the only hope this offense had in a solid run game and the addition of Willis McGahee has furthered that distrust for the run game, averaging just 2.8 yards per carry and has just 164 yards and a touchdown on the season. Brian Hoyer was injured a few weeks ago and that has seemingly hurt this team’s chances to have a solid quarterback in place of Brandon Weeden. However, Weeden has won his job back and passed for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns this season including one of the worst interceptions of all time against the Lions.
Defensively, the Browns have had a surprisingly solid unit in 2013. The Browns have allowed the seventh-least amount of yards per game while ranking eighth in the league in passing yards allowed and seventh in rushing yards allowed per game. Green Bay does not have the same caliber of defense as the Browns. The Packers rank 18th in the league in total yards allowed, but have excelled in stopping the run, ranking third in the NFL.
PREDICTION: Browns 14, Packers 33