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August 13, 2011 - Mike McLain
Although he missed two receivers on his first drive, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked sharp in directing a 73-yard scoring drive on the next possession.

Rodgers was expected to look sharp. The big question would be how sharp the Browns' offense would be with Colt McCoy at quarterback.

The answer was to the liking of first-year coach Pat Shurmur. McCoy was nearly perfect in completing 9-of-10 passes for 135 yards and a 27-yard touchdown throw to Joshua Cribbs.

McCoy's TD pass was thrown to the back shoulder of Cribbs, who was being covered closely by Pat Lee near the goal line. Cribbs pulled down the ball and dove into the end zone.

McCoy finished with a 152.1 pass rating. Not bad for the first time out in a new offense and with no offseason practices.

McCoy was also sharp on a 66-yard scoring drive that resulted in a 3-yard touchdown run by Peyton Hillis. The big play on the drive was a 19-yard pass to tight end Ben Watson that moved the ball into scoring range.

The first-team defense had a theee-and-out on the Packers' first drive. Rodgers went to work the next time the Packers had the ball.

Defensive end Jayme Mitchell sacked back-up quarterback Matt Flynn. First-round draft choice Phil Talor pressured Flynn on two occasions and was generally active.

 
 

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