GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike McCarthy described it as 'unusual challenges.' Playing without two starting wide receivers, both starting outside linebackers and being down to a third-string inside linebacker certainly qualifies the Green Bay Packers to look at their current situation in that context.
But not even the absences of Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb, James Jones and Nick Perry was enough to keep the Packers from overcoming unusual challenges to beat the Cleveland Browns, 31-13.
"I think you have to remind yourself after a win like this, where it wasn't the cleanest game for us, it's tough to win in this league," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. "I'm proud of our guys."
Rodgers played well, throwing for 260 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. But it wasn't Jordy Nelson -- the only remaining healthy starting receiver -- who led the team in catches. It was second-year undrafted receiver Jarrett Boykin who finished with a team-high eight catches for 103 yards.