The Browns played the Green Bay Packers in the first preseason game of the year for both teams Aug. 14 at Lambeau Field. Last year, the Browns were crushed twice by the Packers -- 17-0 in the preseason and 31-3 during Week 7 of the regular season.
Top storylines: 1. Quarterback Jake Delhomme will try to prove he can bounce back from a miserable 2009 season in his debut with the Browns. 2. Three rookies will start for the Browns tonight: cornerback Joe Haden, right guard Shawn Lauvao and safety T.J. Ward. Haden and Lauvao are replacing sidelined players Eric Wright and Floyd Womack, respectively. 3. Will the Browns' new defensive players show signs that they'll give the team legitimate upgrades compared to last season? Watch for newcomers Scott Fujita and Chris Gocong, both of whom will start at linebacker, cornerback Sheldon Brown, Haden and Ward. 4. How will backup quarterback Seneca Wallace perform? More important, will he outperform Delhomme? 5. Also, rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will make his NFL debut. Pay close attention to McCoy now, because if the Browns stick to their plan, you won't see him play at all during the regular season.
Sidelined players: Browns -- CB Eric Wright, LB D'Qwell Jackson, P Dave Zastudil, OL Tony Pashos, LB David Veikune, DB Coye Francies, DL Shaun Rogers, RB Montario Hardesty, OL Joel Reinders, OL Paul Fanaika (out because of a death in his family), OL Floyd Womack, DL C.J. Mosley, LB David Bowens. Packers -- S Atari Bigby, S Will Blackmon, CB Al Harris, RB James Starks, LB Alex Joseph, LB Clay Matthews, LB Cyril Obiozor, OL Jason Spitz.
Starting lineup changes: Browns -- Rookie CB Joe Haden will start in place of Eric Wright; rookie OL Shawn Lauvao will start in place of Floyd Womack at right guard; LB Eric Barton will start in place of D'Qwell Jackson at inside linebacker. Packers -- Brady Poppinga will start in place of Clay Matthews at left outside linebacker; Brad Jones will start in place of Brandon Chillar at right outside linebacker.