Cleveland Browns vs. Green Bay Packers: What we’ll be watching
4.) Will Rodgers be able to find his receivers in the passing game?
Aaron Rodgers must find a way to keep the passing game going without Randall Cobb and potentially James Jones.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph
Arguably the best part of the Cleveland Browns team is their secondary — they rank No.9 in the NFL in team pass defense. Joe Haden, the former college defensive player of the year in 2009, is one of the better and underrated cover corners in the NFL. He will be assigned to Nelson for most of the game. The matchup of Haden vs. Nelson will one to watch all day, particularly if James Jones isn’t able to play Sunday.
Quarterbacks have had a tough time when throwing in Haden’s direction so far this season. Quarterbacks have thrown at Haden a total of 44 times this season, they’ve completed just 21 of those passes for a completion percentage of 47.7, which is good enough for an ugly quarterback rating of 61.3. Rodgers and Nelson will have to do better than that on Sunday if they want to have any success through the air.