1. The Packers’ vaunted passing attack will be without at least one of its best wide receivers today. Randall Cobb suffered a fractured fibula last week and was placed on the injured reserve/designated for return list. The Packers might also be without James Jones, who didn’t participate in practice on Thursday with a knee injury. Much of the burden will be on starting receiver Jordy Nelson and backup Jarrett Boykin, who will replace Jones if he can’t play.
2. How does Brandon Weeden recover after his disastrous, awkward shovel-pass for an interception against the Detroit Lions in a 31-17 loss? Weeden this week said he is not paying attention to the criticism, which is coming heavy from Browns fans. Weeden has thrown for 1,005 yards on 56 percent passing with four touchdowns and five interceptions.
3. The Packers will be without one of their best defensive players, four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Clay Matthews, who was ruled out with a broken thumb. Last year, Matthews had 13 sacks in only 12 games. The Packers will have inside linebacker A.J. Hawk, though. Hawk leads the team with 52 tackles and had a career-high three sacks last week against the Baltimore Ravens.
4. Today should feature the return of Browns starting outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard, who was a full participant in practice on Thursday. Sheard has been out of the lineup since going down with a sprained left knee Sept. 22 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Browns have only had all four outside linebackers in the rotation (Paul Kruger, rookie Barkevious Mingo, Quentin Groves and Sheard) for one game, the 14-6 loss to the Ravens in Week 2.
5. Browns running back Willis McGahee sat out practice on Thursday to rest his surgically repaired knees. A Browns spokesman said the team’s plan all along has been to give McGahee rest. After Chris Ogbonnaya received an expanded role last week against the Lions, it’s unclear how much of a factor McGahee will be against the Packers. Considering Weeden’s struggles, the Browns need a strong effort from their running game to keep up with the Packers.