Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s the preseason. There’s little or no game planning. What happens now has no bearing on what will happen in September and beyond.
But for a young team with a new coaching staff and a stiff challenge in the AFC North, smacking the defending champs in the mouth to start the preseason can create some much-needed confidence.
That’s precisely what the Browns have done against the Packers.
After holding Green Bay to a three-and-out on the first drive of the game, the Browns went 71 yards on eight plays to seize a seven-point lead.
Quarterback Colt McCoy, whose offseason work included practicing complex West Coast play calls in front of a mirror, had no communications issues as he completed five of five passes for 72 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown pass to Josh Cribbs. Rookie Greg Little made a 12-yard catch as part of the drive.
UPDATE: The Packers answered with a seven-play, 73 touchdown drive, in which the Green Bay offense looked every bit as potent as it did during the 2010 playoffs.