Boykin, House Step Up and Stand Out in Packers Win vs. Browns

Published 10/20 2013 09:55PM

Updated 10/20 2013 11:12PM

(WFRV-TV) - Jarrett Boykin and Davon House picked a good time to have career days.

An injury depleted Packers team beat the Browns 31-13 Sunday, in part because of the contributions of Boykin, who scored his first career touchdown and House, who recorded his first interception.

Both players had trouble catching the football last week against the Ravens.  Boykin struggled after being inserted into the offense when James Jones and Randall Cobb went down with injuries.  House had a sure interception slip through his hands against Baltimore.

"I was highly disappointed with the way I performed last week and I didn't want  a double-showing of that this week," Boykin said after his 8-catch, 103-yard performance.  "This whole week I just dialed in and focused on whatever I had to do.  Just put myself in a good position to make the most of my opportunities.

A career-high in catches and yards is nice, but Boykin's first career touchdown was the highlight of the night for the Packers.

"I was heated I couldn't get in there on that first one that I got stopped at the 1," Boykin said of a 4th quarter 39-yard catch that left him just short of the end zone.  "The second time around I was just making sure I wasn't denied again."

"He stepped up and played well, extremely well," said Jordy Nelson.  "We're going to be leaning on him for awhile so we expect it from him, and it's good to see it.  I'm proud of him."

On the other side of the ball, House was a difference-maker in the red zone coming up with two passes defensed, and he also redeemed himself from last week by picking off Brandon Weeden in the first quarter.  The Packers would score on the ensuing drive, giving them an early 14-0 lead.

"He's done some really good things on special teams and now you're seeing the consistency, particularly in passes defended in his opportunities on defense," said Head Coach Mike McCarthy after the game.  "He's a very talented young man, just kind of went through an injury phase there early in his career.  I think he's definitely one of our ascending players."

House said he spent at least 30 minutes after practice each day this week catching passes from backup quarterbacks Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien.  It was something he decided to do on his own to work on his hands.

"I feel like I'm hurting the team when I'm not catching the ball because I'm playing great defense, I just have to finish," said House.  "Finishing, as in catching the ball, especially when the opportunities don't come often."

The 6'0" third-year cornerback has also found plenty of success defending passes thrown into the end zone lately.

"I'm just trying to be aggressive down there, especially in the red zone.  They are going to do a little pushing, so I'm going to grab a little bit.  "Luckily they didn't call it.  Just play ball."

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