The Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers enter Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field with the teams looking to go above or reach .500, respectively.
As the Browns look to get back to their winning ways after a three-game winning streak was snapped with a 31-17 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday, they entered the work week focused on improving.
“I feel like we had a good week of preparation,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. “The focus and energy was really outstanding from the guys on the team, who hold themselves to a high standard, and that’s the thing that’s impressive.
“It says a lot about this team to me, where they’re at, the identity that we’re establishing. We have a relentless group of guys that are tough. They stick together and are passionate about playing football.”
To Chudzinski, that focus he saw at practice was nowhere more evident than in quarterback
In his first start since Week Two, Weeden completed 26 of 43 attempts for 292 yards and two touchdowns against two interceptions, one of which came late in the fourth quarter and led to the Lions making it a two-score game with 2:01 remaining.
“I thought he’s had his best couple days of practice here,” Chudzinski said. “(He was) very focused, receptive to the coaching that had been taught to him earlier in the week. You could see him specifically working to improve in areas that we’re talking about that he needs to improve. I’m expecting him, and have confidence in him like the team does, to go out and play his very best.
“You come out here and you work on it in practice, and the idea is to be able to transfer it and bring it to the game. We’re hopeful that he’ll be able to do that. The opportunity is there, every week, to go out and show what you can do, prove yourself, and that’s what we all look forward to doing every week.”
Seeing the focus with which Weeden and the rest of the Browns attacked practice this week gives Chudzinski confidence heading into Green Bay, where a crowd of more than 80,000 will be ready to cheer for the Packers.
“I’m excited about that, and excited about the opportunity to play Green Bay this week,” Chudzinski said. “I have an awful lot of respect for (Coach) Mike McCarthy and his staff. It’s a tremendous for us.
“I just look at our guys and the focus that they have, the belief that they have, the way they work. I think we’re working to make improvements, and we have improved as the season’s gone on. We just have to keep going. This is a great challenge, and our guys have tended to respond to challenges when they’ve come up.”
On Friday morning, quarterback
“We’re hopeful, in the spring, that we’ll see him,” Chudzinski said of Hoyer. “Again, I’ll get a little better idea (later). From my understanding, everything went well with the surgery, and just knowing him, from a rehab standpoint, he’s going to do everything he can to get ready.”