All eyes were on Robert Griffin III as he made his debut as a Cleveland Brown. Griffin started the night off great with a nice 49-yard throw to receiver Terelle Pryor in his opening play, but what appeared to be the resurrection of the 2011 Heisman-winning, 2012 Pro Bowl player quickly diminished. On the next play, he fumbled the ball but luckily recovered it. In that same drive, RGIII was picked off by Packers’ free safety Micah Hyde in what appeared to be an inaccurate throw:
On the next drive, Griffin went one for four for three-yards to force a punt at the Browns’ 33-yard line. Despite not having key offensive players such as Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman, and Andrew Hawkins it was unacceptable for Griffin to have such a game considering the Packers were playing with their second unit defense.
There were some bright spots for the Browns also. Terelle Pryor, a quarterback-turned-receiver, looked like a legitimate threat catching two of three passes for 57-yards on three drives. Once the rest of the Browns’ receivers come back, this can be a dynamic pass-catching group.
The Packers defense was dominant throughout the game. They forced two safeties alongside Micah Hyde’s interception, and Green Bay’s second team defense dominated the Browns’ first string offense. With Aaron Rodgers sitting out for precautionary measures and top back-up Brett Hundley ailing an ankle injury, the Packers ran with two undrafted rookies at the quarterback position.
The Packers started Joe Callahan from Division III Wesley College, and had Marquise Williams from North Carolina as the back-up. Callahan played exceptionally well, going 16 for 23 for 124-yards and a touchdown while Williams went six for 14 for 55-yards and an interception. Mason Crosby was in playoff form, going two for two on field goals and making a 54 yarder with ease. With the Packers’ exceptional defense and kicking, they beat the Browns at home 17-11.