The offense is still clearly a work in progress, but the Cleveland Browns do lead 16-7 over the Green Bay Packers going into halftime Thursday night. Both teams certainly look to be in preseason form so far, although the Browns defense has done a solid job of limiting Green Bay's impressive attack.
The Browns managed to score four times in the first half, but two of the drives lasted less than ten yards and they only reached the end zone once. The defense and special teams have helped to win the field position battle, though, and kicker Phil Dawson made three long field goal attempts early before whiffing on a 56-yard attempt at the end of the half.
First-round pick Brandon Weeden has looked somewhat better on Thursday, completing 12-of-20 passes for 118 yards while playing the entire first half. After the disappointing showing in his preseason debut against Detroit, Browns coaches should be pleased with his progress so far.
The Browns defense has been truly impressive, though, limiting Green Bay to just 118 total yards even though Aaron Rodgers played the entire first quarter. After Montario Hardesty fumbled on the game's first play, Rodgers led the Packers to a quick touchdown, but the Browns' defense hasn't given up a point since then.