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Packers Versus Browns: Young Quarterback Showdown In Week 14

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Packers Travel To Cleveland

Green Bay heads into the Dawg Pound to face off with the winless Cleveland Browns. After his second win as a starter, Brett Hundley looks to keep the Packers in playoff contention. On the other hand, Green Bay’s defense looks to keep DeShone Kizer from coming away with his first win. Unfortunately, injuries could make the Browns offense hard to contain. This young quarterback showdown in Week 14 will showcase two players vying to prove themselves.

Young Quarterback Showdown


As Brett Hundley has filled in for Aaron Rodgers, he has had limited effectiveness. However, he has made vast strides in holding onto the ball and keeping the defense in fair position. In his first five games stepping into the starting role, Hundley accounted for seven interceptions and two fumbles. Sadly, he accounted for just four touchdowns over that same span as the Packers lost four of those five matchups. However, in his past two games, Hundley has posted three touchdowns to one interception. In the win against Tampa Bay, he was able to add 66 yards on the ground as well. While the offensive efficiency cannot be expected to be what it once was, Hundley has shown he has what it takes to lead his team to victory.


Not much of the same can be said for the opposition. DeShone Kizer has had his issues holding onto the ball, which is good news for Green Bay. First of all, let’s take a look at Kizer’s touchdown to interception ratio at 6:15. That is good for the most interceptions in the league. On top of that, the young quarterback has put the ball on the ground eight times, losing it six of them.

However, not all the tape on Kizer is negative. While he has struggled to hold onto the ball, he has also shown himself to be a dangerous dual-threat quarterback. According to Pro Football Reference, Kizer has amassed over 300 yards rushing on a 5.2 yards-per-carry average. The second star of the young quarterback showdown also has five touchdowns on the ground.

Packers Running Game Set To Shine

Forced to take up a new identity since the Aaron Rodgers injury, the Packers have become taken with the running game. While the young quarterback showdown will attract attention, the piece of the Packers offense to watch is the running backs.

Jamaal Williams broke out of his low average funk last week, eating up 113 yards on 21 carries. His 5.4 yards-per-carry was his highest in a game with more than one carry. The heavy load he carried in the game was significant, as he scored his third touchdown in two games. Williams now has 258 yards on 48 touches over his last two games, good for a 5.375 average.

After making a big splash against the Bucs, Aaron Jones looks to return to action against the Browns. He carried the ball just once in his return, proving to be the difference maker. From 20 yards out, he hauled in the game-winning touchdown in overtime. However, Jones’ success did not start there. At 5.5 yards-per-carry, Jones’s stats boasted 390 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
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Jones looks to get back to action paired with Jamaal Williams to make a dangerous backfield for Sunday’s matchup. While the Browns defense ranks sixth best in rushing at 96.9 yards per game, look for this duo to make big plays on the ground.

A Big Day for Defense

The Packers defense will look to build on the successes it has enjoyed in recent weeks. While the defense has allowed 23.4 points per game according to Team Rankings, they have kept the Packers offense in games. Moreover, the team has forced 20 turnovers on the season. Tie that in with the 30 (you read right, 30) turnovers the Browns have had this season, and you have a recipe for disaster.
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Green Bay has also strived at getting after the quarterback. The Cheeseheads have totaled 29 sacks in their first 12 games. However, pressure may be harder to come by this week, with a few injuries hampering the defense. The most substantial of which is Nick Perry, the Packers leader in sacks this season.
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Kevin King was placed on IR as he is set to have surgery. Demetri Goodson will also miss the affair. Starting cornerback Davon House is also on the injury report, listed as doubtful. Nick Perry and Quenton Dial are both listed as questionable heading into Sunday’s affair as well. On a lighter note, Packers expect linebackers Ahmad Brooks and Jake Ryan to play after being lifted from the injury report. Also, defensive tackle Kenny Clark will play after being removed from the list.