If the first two games of the preseason are any indication, the Cleveland Browns are potentially a much improved team going into the 2012 season. After beating the Detroit Lions in the preseason opener last week, the Browns followed up with a 35-10 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night in Lambeau Field.
Even while recognizing that the end result of this game is meaningless, the Browns have to be happy with how they ultimately played in their second preseason game. With numerous questions surrounding the offense coming into this game, seeing 35 points up on the scoreboard has to be a relief to fans all around Cleveland.
The Browns took an odd way to getting their 35 points, scoring three touchdowns (including one on defense), four field goals and a safety. After initially trailing 7-0 early, they proceeded to score 32 unanswered points before the Packers added a field goal in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Cleveland's defense really led the way on Thursday, limiting the Packers to 228 total yards while forcing four turnovers. Green Bay's back-up quarterbacks, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman, combined to throw three interceptions, plus a first quarter fumble ultimately led to a Phil Dawson field goal for Cleveland.