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August

Browns 35, Packers 10: Game Balls and Lame Calls

Alex GreenIt’s only preseason.  It’s only preseason.

After being willing to forgive the Green Bay Packers’ performance one week ago in a 21-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers, fans are beginning to sweat after the Packers were trounced 35-10 in their preseason home opener.

While fans do a have a reason to be concerned, we must not forget that it is only the preseason.  The Detroit Lions went 4-0 in the 2008 preseason and went 0-16 in the regular season.  Each team approaches the exhibition games in a different way and Mike McCarthy seemingly has been using them as a scrimmage and not really an actual game.

Despite the lopsided score, there was some good to come from the game for the Packers.  There also obviously were some bad things as well.

Let’s get to it in another edition of “Game Balls and Lame Calls.”

Game Balls

Jarrett Boykin

With Graham Harrell struggling all night, Boykin was a perfect antidote for a young quarterback trying to develop any kind of rhythm.

Boykin finished with five catches for 63 yards and was the leading receiver for the Packers.  Two receptions of 25 and 24 yards respectively helped set up a Mason Crosby field goal for the Packers’ final points of the game.

It’s not clear if Boykin has a shot at making them team but regardless, he made a decent case on Thursday night.

Marshall Newhouse

First off, anyone besides Herb Taylor probably would have been better off for the health of Aaron Rodgers.

That said, Newhouse had a fine performance in his preseason debut.  He made a couple key blocks that allowed Rodgers to move out of the pocket and do what he does best.  More importantly, Newhouse’s presence seemed to help ease the pass protection woes of just a week earlier.

Newhouse has been considered by some as a weak spot along the offensive line but his absence proved to cause even more damage and exposed how thin the Packers are along the offensive line.

Alex Green

He didn’t set the world on fire, but Green showed some promise in his first game action of 2012.