CLEVELAND – The preseason started shakily for the Browns on Saturday night. In Pat Shurmur’s debut as a head coach, the Browns had to use a timeout before the first snap because they had 12 defenders on the field.
They quickly recovered, and were tied with the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers 7-7 after the first quarter.
After the defense forced Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense into a three-and-out, Colt McCoy marched the Browns 71 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. He went 5-for-5 for 72 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown to Joshua Cribbs.
Cribbs was one-on-one down the right side with Pat Lee, who replaced Pro Bowler Charles Woodson, and separated as McCoy’s throw arrived at the goal line.
The Packers answered right back.
Rodgers went to a no huddle and took the team 73 yards in seven plays to tie the score at 7. Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for a 21-yard touchdown that looked a lot like the Cribbs score. Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown was on an island and couldn’t stop the throw to Jennings’ back shoulder.
Rodgers was done after two drives.
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