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Packers handle Browns, take lead in NFC North

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The Packers scored first and never looked back in a 31-13 defeat of Cleveland on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.

With the Lions and Bears losing earlier in the day, the Packers (4-2) pulled a half-game ahead in the NFC North.

However, in victory, the Packers saw tight end Jermichael Finley depart with a neck injury, the third injury suffered by a key passing-game player in the last two games by Green Bay. Wide receiver James Jones (knee) was inactive for Sunday’s win, and Randall Cobb (leg) is on injured reserve/designated for return. Both were hurt in Green Bay’s Oct. 13 win at Baltimore.

Finley was removed from the field on a stretcher after Browns safety Tashaun Gipson’s shoulder collided with his helmet on a fourth-quarter play. During the telecast of the game, CBS’ Kevin Harlan said that Finley had “feeling in all of his extremities.”

Finley’s 10-yard TD reception opened the scoring for Green Bay, which would never trail.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers excelled in wet conditions and without his full complement of receivers, completing 25-of-36 passes for 260 yards and three scores. Reserve receiver Jarrett Boykin had a career day for Green Bay, catching eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. Running back Eddie Lacy again got the bulk of the carries for the Packers, racking up 82 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 attempts.

Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden had a tough game, completing just 17-of-42 passes for 149 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Packers sacked him three times.

The loss drops the Browns (3-4) two games behind Cincinnati in the AFC North.

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38 Responses to “Packers handle Browns, take lead in NFC North”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 20, 2013 9:08 PM

    And they won’t look back.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Oct 20, 2013 9:13 PM

    Cheap shot. Hope Gipson enjoys his 6-figure fine and suspension

  3. keramidas21 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:17 PM

    All I care about is the health of Jermichael Finley. Reminds me a lot of Nick Collins. I pray that it’s nothing too serious.

  4. catquick says: Oct 20, 2013 9:18 PM

    Gipson is the guy who injured EJ Manuel twoweeks ago

  5. taskforcefreddy says: Oct 20, 2013 9:18 PM

    All is right again.

  6. ballboy48 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:19 PM

    @Carl, did we watch the same game? Jones lowered his head and Gipson hit him with his pads. I think Weeden is now officially done in Cleveland. He’s regressed so much this year.

  7. taskforcefreddy says: Oct 20, 2013 9:20 PM

    Was a clean but unfortunate hit.

  8. brownsfan5505 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:20 PM

    Def not a cheap shot he led with his shoulder, unfortunately finley got hurt

  9. cags777 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:24 PM

    I hope Finley recovers. However, I wish the writer would get the facts straight and mention that Finley lowered the crown of his helmet into the defender.

  10. gb4mn0 says: Oct 20, 2013 9:30 PM

    Hopefully Finely is only out a week. The Pack should get by the craptastic vikqueens without him.

    To many stupid penalties that stopped drives. Can’t have that anytime but especially when your short handed.

    Boykin became a GB Packer today for sure.

  11. themostlogicalofvoices says: Oct 20, 2013 9:34 PM

    Even with Finley out I’m not overly worried about the offense next week vs MN. But if GB doesn’t get some OLBs healthy they are going to have a tough time containing Peterson. It definitely showed that those two guys were rookies.

  12. GenXJay says: Oct 20, 2013 9:40 PM

    congrats gb trolls. this is the highest point they’ll reach.

  13. jimmysee says: Oct 20, 2013 9:44 PM

    Great learning opportunity today for the young players. Boykin, Myles White, Stonebreaker, Lattimore, Mulumb, and Nate Palmer all made contributions to the victory.

    This shows the value of Ted Thompson and the scouting department!

    Go Pack Go!

  14. gbmickey says: Oct 20, 2013 9:51 PM

    Lil genex comes on a Packer article and calls GB posters trolls. Even shorthanded the Packers dominated. Hows the cellar feel? The view from the top sure is great! I imagine after a loss tomorrow to the winless Giants you’ll go back into hiding.

  15. bigdaddyrockytop says: Oct 20, 2013 9:53 PM

    Unlike fans from the other NFC North teams being in first place at some point in the season isnt the ultimate goal. The Packers need to get healthy so they are playing lights out at the end of the year. Only casual fans put a ton of stock in who leads the division this early.

  16. axespray says: Oct 20, 2013 9:54 PM

    Bah-bah-but…. I thought that the Bears and Lions were the most talented teams ever and that the Packers were soft and done?

  17. packafan4life says: Oct 20, 2013 9:59 PM

    So now the Packers will roll into Minnesota with their practice squad WR core and bend em over like the queens they are.

  18. packafan4life says: Oct 20, 2013 10:01 PM

    I’m not even sure how the Packers are in first place since after the Bears started 3-0 their fans proclaimed them Superbowl Champs.

  19. vincelombardisghost says: Oct 20, 2013 10:09 PM

    I’ve been watching NFL games since 1965, but it seems like the hits and tackles are far more violent than ever this year. And doesn’t it seem like there have been far more serious injuries, several season ending, across the entire league, too?

  20. jazsrt says: Oct 20, 2013 10:10 PM

    bigdaddyrockytop says:
    Oct 20, 2013 9:53 PM
    Unlike fans from the other NFC North teams being in first place at some point in the season isnt the ultimate goal. The Packers need to get healthy so they are playing lights out at the end of the year. Only casual fans put a ton of stock in who leads the division this early.

    _________________________________

    Well said. I hope the rest of your fan base posting on here realizes that.

    -A Bears fan.

  21. flyeaglefly says: Oct 20, 2013 10:16 PM

    If Lacy wasn’t concussed on THAT cheap shot by the Redskin, he’d be 4th in the NFL in rushing behind only McCoy, Peterson and Lynch…..EDDIE. EDDIE EDDIE….

  22. beerbratscheese says: Oct 20, 2013 10:22 PM

    Has anyone seen chi01town in the last week or two? I didn’t think so.

  23. rasalghoul says: Oct 20, 2013 10:23 PM

    Wait, I thought Lacy was fat, slow and crippled? Hmmm, I also heard how the Packers would fall apart without Cobb and Jones and that our defense is soft.
    Shocking to realize PFT trolls were not correct. First place and into the easy part of our schedule! Go Pack Go!

  24. jazsrt says: Oct 20, 2013 10:30 PM

    rasalghoul says:
    Oct 20, 2013 10:23 PM
    Wait, I thought Lacy was fat, slow and crippled? Hmmm, I also heard how the Packers would fall apart without Cobb and Jones and that our defense is soft.
    Shocking to realize PFT trolls were not correct. First place and into the easy part of our schedule! Go Pack Go!

    ____________________

    Your team just beat the Browns.

    I’d pipe down a bit-you sound like chi01town.

  25. vincelombardisghost says: Oct 20, 2013 10:38 PM

    Prayers upstairs to the Big Guy that Finley is okay. Hate to see any player carted off on a stretcher. Imagine the anxiety his wife, child and family must be going through. Get well, Mr, Finley.

  26. packersarethebest says: Oct 20, 2013 10:39 PM

    Another victory for the greatest team in pro football. Somehow I’m not surprised that we are ahead in our division (again!)

  27. kevishu says: Oct 20, 2013 10:41 PM

    I’m surprised by Boykin! He’s shown that he’s a solid starting caliber WR.

  28. vikescry1 says: Oct 20, 2013 10:43 PM

    packers fans can we please stop calling these hits cheap or dirty! it’s football a hard hitting game. injuries happen, lets hope for a full recovery for finley. gipson lead with his shoulder and finley had time to make a move. it’s on him, time to move on. go pack

  29. emperorzero says: Oct 20, 2013 10:44 PM

    Dear Eli Manning and Joe Flacco: This is what a “franchise” quarterback looks like. They don’t need to rely on a running game or dominant defense to win and get the job done.

  30. contra74isloosbuthole says: Oct 20, 2013 10:56 PM

    That will be the end of the fair weather Bears and Lions fans for this year. Better luck next year losers.

  31. shaggytoodle says: Oct 20, 2013 11:38 PM

    kevishu says: Oct 20, 2013 10:41 PM

    I’m surprised by Boykin! He’s shown that he’s a solid starting caliber WR.
    _______

    I am not surprised, TT has shown he can find WRs, Jennings, Nelson, Jones, Cobb, even Finley is a above average receiver.

    I hope all is well with Finley, and all I could think about was his kid telling him how he didn’t want him to play anymore.

    If he chooses to return to the field when healthy more power to him. If he chooses to walk away, I respect that choice, he has more than just football to worry about.

  32. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2013 12:06 AM

    I’d just like to point out that the Vikings, at full “strength,” allowed the Browns (with their third string QB) to gain 424 yards and score 31 points.

    The Packers, playing with many backups–including two rookies at outside linebacker– allowed 13 points, and 216 yards against their starting QB.

    You see, the reason I point this out is because there are several vikings fans who repeatedly say that the Packers defense isn’t as good as the Vikings defense.

    Reality: We were right. The good people on the Vikings defense are getting older and slower, and the younger “talent” isn’t making up the difference.

    Enjoy your night.

  33. trapshoot says: Oct 21, 2013 12:40 AM

    Running game helps but Rodgers looked very cool and very good when he needed to be.

  34. golforepar says: Oct 21, 2013 12:43 AM

    Needless hit by Gibson, Finley was down!! Fine Gibson!!
    Where is contra?? Must be tucked in allready

  35. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 21, 2013 9:37 AM

    rasalghoul says:

    Wait, I thought Lacy was fat, slow and crippled?
    ———————————————————
    You’re correct on 2 of those 3.

  36. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 21, 2013 11:01 AM

    The Bears are beter without Cuttler. Get ready for a run, Packers (losers).

  37. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 21, 2013 1:19 PM

    Ahahahahaha

    Bears better?

    Briggs out for 6 weeks, and it was already a terrible defense.

  38. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:55 PM

    This was another heroic win with a skeleton crew by the 13 time World Champion Green Bay Packers.

    Congratulations on this glorious triumph to all Packer fans!

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