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Quick Take: Packers-Browns

In Brief

Aaron Rodgers will look to exploit a struggling Browns secondary.

(Morry Gash / Associated Press)

Last meeting:
Trent Dilfer outdueled Brett Favre, as he passed for 336 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Browns past the Packers, 26-24, in Week 2 of 2005.

Green Bay has split its last four games with Cleveland and owns a 10-7 overall series edge, including the playoffs.

Last week:
Despite incurring 13 penalties and turning the ball over twice, the Packers were still able to blank the Lions, 26-0. ... The Browns were victimized by Ben Roethlisberger, who passed for 417 yards in a 27-14 Steelers victory.

Keep your eye on ...

Aaron Rodgers' ability to stay upright: One of the biggest questions surrounding the Packers is their ability to protect their star quarterback. While Rodgers certainly deserves part of the blame for taking a league-high 25 sacks (in one fewer game than many teams since Green Bay already had its bye), his offensive line has continued to struggle and it will be challenged by a Browns team with five sacks in the last two weeks.

Rookie receiver Mohamed Massaquoi's continued emergence: With Braylon Edwards now in New York, Massaquoi has taken over the role as Cleveland's No. 1 receiver. The Browns have completed only 11 passes for 145 yards over the past two weeks and Massaquoi has six of those passes for 99 yards. He will face a tough test against veteran Packers cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson.

Josh Cribbs' impact: The Browns' best chance to score may come with Cribbs returning punts or kicks or scrambling out of the Wildcat formation. He is the team's top playmaker and will likely be used in a variety of roles again after being deployed as a quarterback, running back, wide receiver and return man last week.

Did you know?

Green Bay hasn't played in Cleveland since 1995. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has a 110.3 passer rating in five October starts. ... When Jamal Lewis has 25 carries or more, his teams are 6-0. ... Since 2004, Browns DT Shaun Rogers leads the NFL with nine blocked field goals.

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