Game Preview: Week 16 Green Bay Packers vs Cleveland Browns

It’s Christmas and Santa is coming to Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Rock around the Christmas tree, singing christmas carols and the Green Bay Packers host the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are hanging on to the playoff lives and need to keep winning to stay alive. The Packers are currently the number 1 seed in the NFC and looking to continue their hold on that position. It will be a wonderful Christmas time at the North Pole (Lambeau Field). This game preview has everything you need to be ready for the game.

Game Preview: Green Bay Packers vs Cleveland Browns

  • When: Saturday, December 25, 2021
  • Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Time: 3:30 PM CST
  • TV: FOX / NFL Network / Amazon
  • Broadcasters: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi
  • Alternate Broadcasters: on Amazon Prime, viewers will have the choice of announcers: Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer, or the scouts feed with Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah and Joy Taylor
  • Odds: Packers by 7.5
  • Last Meeting: December 10, 2017; Packers beat the Browns 27-21 in OT at the Dawg Pond in Cleveland
  • All-Time Series: Packers lead series 13-7

Game Preview: 3 Things to Watch

Packers Touchdown Record

Aaron Rodgers is tied with Brett Favre for the Packers all-time touchdown passing record. No better way for Rodgers to to get that gift than on Christmas Day at Lambeau Field in front of the Packer faithful. Rodgers needs just one more touchdown pass to Favre’s record for most touchdown passes in team history, a mark that has stood for 14 years. The last time the Packers played on Dec. 25 at Lambeau Field, he threw five touchdown passes in a win over the Bears, which was back in 2011. The interesting part of this is who will catch that record breaking touchdown pass? My bet is on Davante Adams. It will definitely be a Merry Christmas for Rodgers and I see it happening very early in the game.

Special Teams

The Packers special teams unit is not on Santa’s good list this season. Maybe Matt Lafleur will receive a gift under the tree this year with an improved performance. This is one unit the needs to improve now and get some confidence because a difference could be made by this unit come playoff time. Cleveland’s special teams unit is not spectacular and they do have the advantage over Green Bay here, last be real, every team does. That doesn’t mean they are not prone to mistakes and just made the Packers unit could capitalize on one. Wouldn’t that be something. Keep your eyes on the special teams to see if there is improvement.

Turnovers

Both the Browns and Packers defenses pride themselves on creating turnovers to give their offense additional possessions. The Browns are tied for fourth with 14 giveaways while the Packers have given up the fewest with 10 giveaways. When the Packers get a turnover at Lambeau they are undefeated this season. Now, if the defense can get a turnover early on, it will be diseaster for the Browns as their offense needs the confidence to get rolling and that will put them in a spiral. Win the turnover battle, it is that simple.

Final Analysis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Packers should easily handle the Browns at home. The Browns are coming off a short week and had 22 players on the covid list before their Monday night game against the Raiders. This season the Packers have been unbeatable at Lambeau and Lafleur and company want to keep it that way to ensure that the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC goes through Green Bay. It should be a Merry Christmas at Lambeau with plenty of gifts under the tree.

Go Pack Go!

Anthony Haag is a writer for PackersTalk.com. He has been a Packers fan since the day he was born and truly bleeds green and gold. He makes annual visits to Lambeau Field and has attended his fair share of games. You can follow Anthony on Twitter at @anthony_haag

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