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A Crumby Loss for the Browns

A Crumby Loss for the Browns

Browns @ Bills – Review of Game #11

Yikes, another pathetic performance by the Cleveland Browns. Poor defense, a rough offense, and mistakes for the special teams did in the team. Their playoff chances all but evaporated in Orchard Park – let’s determined what went down.

Offense: That might be the end of an era from Brian Hoyer. Another stinker from the quarterback, as his day included a pair of interceptions and no touchdowns. Johnny Manziel, who finally found the end zone, replaced him. I’m expecting the rookie to be under center from here on out, he is the guy going forward and can make plays with both his arms and legs.

As expected, the running attacked faltered greatly on Sunday. Instead of Isaiah Crowell fumbling the ball this week – it was Terrance West who put the ball on the ground for the Browns. Hopefully the offensive line can become healthy, as the third string center did not hold his own upfront. I’d like to think the running attack will bounce back next Sunday – but again I have my doubts.

Hoyer and Josh Gordon were never in synch in this contest. It showed, as the offense looked less than cohesive. Will Johnny Manziel look better with this group going forward? I would love to find out – as he can use his legs to extend plays. Miles Austin and Taylor Gabriel both need to step up going forward; neither was impressive against Buffalo.

Of course the Browns lost their weakness in their offensive line. Backup center Nick McDonald was lost for the game – and the Browns went to his backup against this tremendous defensive front. I am at a loss for words for Joe Thomas – it was easily his worst performance in some time. A few holding calls, a false start penalty, and ineffective blocking really hurt the veteran.

Defense: Not a great job by the defensive front for the Browns. Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and Desmond Bryant appeared to be the only guys who could hold their own upfront. The unit surrendered over 100 yards on the ground to the Bills. Three tackles and no disruptive plays occurred for Ahtyba Rubin – if the guys upfront want to do their job, it will take great efforts by the veterans.

Where were the linebackers for the Browns this week? Craig Robertson and Chris Kirksey played adequately, leading the team with a combined twenty tackles. Paul Kruger played decently, but was never able to take down Kyle Orton. Both Jabaal Sheard and Barkevious Mingo were rather irrelevant, as per usual. If fair to say that upgrades need to occur in this area for the Browns to be dominant in the linebacker corps.

Those ticky-tack calls against the secondary made it rather difficult in corralling the wide outs. Joe Haden was a part of a tremendous interception, but outside of that – they were less than average. Hopefully, Justin Gilbert can return next week and give this group a boost. If not, it will be a difficult matchup against Andrew Luck.

Special Teams: That miss of the Billy Cundiff field goal loomed large in the first half. Would it have made a difference in the outcome? Probably not, but who knows for the Cleveland Browns. Otherwise the unit did their job, but it was not enough to seal the win.

Coaching: The offensive game planning was not great for the guests in Buffalo. Too many failed runs early and incomplete passes late was the detriment of the offense. I want to see what Kyle Shanahan does with Manziel going forward – but that remains to be determined.

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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in NFL Season


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A Glance into the Browns Next Matchup

A Glance into the Browns Next Matchup

Browns @ Bills – Previewing Game #12

In the ever-competitive NFL, the Browns have another huge contest on Sunday. The defensive front of the opponent troubles me, especially with the recent poor outings by Brian Hoyer. The Browns can ill-afford to make the same type of mistakes as they did in Atlanta, doing so could lead to a defeat. Let’s go further into this matchup…

Offense: It goes without saying that Brian Hoyer must escape this funk that he currently is in. Committing four turnovers in the past two weeks is unacceptable in this league – the quarterback must get his mind right and his throws on target. Was he having tunnel vision when trying to find Josh Gordon? This could be argued, as the signal caller had multiple poorly thrown passes and a pair of interceptions when targeting the former Baylor star. He could not possibly have three straight bad games, can he? I expect a huge bounce back game for Brian Hoyer.

I believe the roles are becoming more and more defined for Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell. The former will be getting a majority of the carries, while the latter will get his shots near the end zone. As long as both backs embrace their roles, this running attack should be hitting on all cylinders. Going against a tough front with Kyle and Mario Williams is not going to be easy, but if both rookies can find a seam they will hit it and gallop forward.

The Josh Gordon reinstatement paid dividends last week for not only the former Baylor wide out, but also for his teammates. Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins had solid performances. I expect that to be close to the norm for Hawkins, who now will not face the top cornerback for the opposing team. You hear about Gordon stretching the defense, and I believe last week was a warm up for this passing game. Hoyer should find pay dirt at least twice in this contest – and all can be right again for Browns’ fans (at least for one week).

The guys upfront will have a tremendous challenge to keep Hoyer upright while paving running lanes for Crowell and West. The unit took a step forward in Atlanta, albeit against a subpar group. Should fans expect the Browns’ line to be lights out? Certainly not; there will be a few negative plays – but I anticipate those five holding their own. If the tight end position can get back Jordan Cameron this week – I will be excited to see how the offense can now perform .

Defense: This is another matchup where the defensive line will have their hands full. Whether it’s C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, or Bryce Brown – the Bills feature capable running backs that can really hurt the Browns. The home team should amass a fair amount of yardage on Sunday, but the defense should focus on making the Bills kick field goals in the red zone. Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, Ahtyba Rubin, and Desmond Bryant all fared well last week. It might take a repeat performance by this trio to provide confidence that the Browns can win the contest.

I was mildly surprised to see Jabaal Sheard out there last contest. He was healthy enough to play but was far from disruptive. Veteran Paul Kruger appears to be the only man on the outside who can make his presence felt during contests. A sack and a fumble recovery were huge – he needs to replicate that against Kyle Orton. Craig Robertson and Chris Kirksey filled in admirably for Karlos Dansby. Who knows how long the veteran will be sidelined with his injury, but if both can continue to improve – the transition will be very smooth.

Another contest, another huge blow to the Browns’ defense. Jim Leonhard and Jordan Poyer will have their work cut out to fill the void left by Tashaun Gipson. However, the improvement of rookies K’Waun Williams and Justin Gilbert gives me faith that the secondary will not skip a beat. Veterans Buster Skrine, Joe Haden, and Donte Whitner have been downright nasty. I hope they come away with at least two interceptions of Orton – and, more importantly, turning them into touchdowns.

Special Teams: While they were far from dominant, the Browns’ special teams avoided a costly mistake last week (with the tackle on Devin Hester). The punt return game must get some sort of positive plays this contest. Making a difference there can really help out the offense.

Coaching: Coach Pettine needs to refrain from clock management mistakes. He got away with it last week, but they should not be the norm. As far as play calling goes, the trend towards the run needs to be strengthened. Hoyer should not be putting up over thirty throws, and the rushers will do their jobs well.

Prediction (My Record: 6 – 5): This will be a low scoring contest that could be ugly at times. I really want to pick the Browns, but the physicality of the Bills is a matchup nightmare. The Browns fall to the home team by the score of 20 – 14.


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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in NFL Season


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Yet Another Gritty Victory

Yet Another Gritty Victory

Browns @ Falcons – Review of Game #11 

Phew, some bad plays by the Browns were overcome by turnovers and the Browns coming out on top. They ability to come back was amazing, but the time before that was less than adequate. I am fortunate the Browns got the win, let’s review what happened at the Georgia Dome.

Offense: Well it was a game that Brian Hoyer won. The quarterback played poorly, but won the game on the final drive. Three interceptions and multiple poor passes are not going to cut it – the coaching staff must make sure he is in the best spot to excel. He has shown an ability to hit his guys in stride but not consistently – I would love for that to continue but we shall see in the next few games.

Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West appear to be a solid duo – West is getting the targets outside the red zone while Crowell is getting it done near the end zone. The touchdown run by Crowell was exceptional – I was amazed at his tremendous touchdown. The running attack has been pleasantly surprising; the addition by subtraction has been good thus far. Look for this to continue going forward.

Wow, what a difference that Josh Gordon makes. The wide out led the offense with eight grabs for 120 yards and was solid in his contest. Andrew Hawkins was a huge beneficiary of Gordon returning. This receiving unit was much improved and I would expect this to continue. A long toss to Taylor Gabriel or two is huge for the Browns.

I was rather surprised by the production of the offensive line. The unit opened up holes for both rookie running backs, while giving Hoyer time to throw. Football is game of timing, and fortunately the Browns were exceptional in giving their seconds to throw. Additionally, the tackle of Devin Hester at the end of the first half by Joel Bitonio was large – not getting him down could have equaled a loss for Cleveland.

Defense: I was surprised to see that the defensive front play pretty well. With all their injuries, the guys definitely did their job against the running attack of Steven Jackson and Jaquizz Rodgers. Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and Ahtyba Rubin did their job up the middle. Allowing sixty-three yards on the ground is awesome, I am very proud of the run defense. I understand that this type of performance will not occur every week, but it was still encouraging.

The loss of Karlos Dansby was definitely felt by the defensive unit. Craig Robertson and Chris Kirksey were solid, but I would have liked to see the veteran out there. Outside of a tremendous strip by Paul Kruger, the outside linebackers were not very effective. They will have their shot to get better (especially with Jabaal Sheard’s health improving), but they were still good enough to get it done.

Although Joe Haden and Buster Skrine did their best and made some plays, they surrendered some large completions to Julio Jones and Roddy White. Overall, they did their job very well – Haden securing an interception. The drops of Donte Whitner and Buster Srkine could have been huge – but fortunately the Browns were good enough to overcome them.

Special Teams: The second quarter missed field goal may have been the play of the game for the Browns. While they missed it, they stopped Devin Hester from returning the ball for a touchdown. Other than that, the Browns were adequate in the special teams units. I would like for them to keep this up going forward.

Coaching: I cannot fathom the coaching at the end of the first half; however the end of the game clearly made up for it. Getting the ball to Gordon consistently was huge, while sticking to the run was important. Overall, the Browns won a tough game, and should prepare for another tough matchup with the Bills next week.

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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in NFL Season


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Browns @ Falcons – A Inside Look

Browns @ Falcons – A Inside Look

Browns @ Falcons – A Preview of Game #11 

Following that terrible outing last week, the Browns must dust themselves off and get ready for another tough contest. While losing more key members on their defense via injury (Karlos Dansby, Jabaal Sheard), they are getting a large part of the offense back (Josh Gordon). The Browns’ offense must get back on track, as they face a formidable counterpart. Here’s more of a synopsis into this contest.

Offense: I thought I was watching Brandon Weeden last week behind center. Brian Hoyer cannot toss thirty incompletions consistently and expect his team to have any sort of success. The offense will, more than likely, be tailored more to the running the football. Having an exceptional weapon available can slightly alter the team’s game plan, but there’s no way number six heaves it up fifty times this Sunday.

Well, now it’s squarely up to the pair of rookie running backs, following the release of Ben Tate. Glenn Winston (who has not carried for the Browns) will now have a shot at getting some playing time. At this point, Terrance West should get at least sixty-five percent of the carries, as he has done two things that Isaiah Crowell has not – hanging on the ball and pass blocking. I want to see this group go well over 100 yards against the Falcons, with a few scores.

What can Josh Gordon do for this offense? The obvious is provide a consistent deep threat on passing downs. The play calling can now change from horizontal routes to more vertical ones. Additionally, hopefully Gordon can change how the defense attacks – including moving safeties away from the line of scrimmage. Will the Browns’ running attack be improved as a result? We can only hope.

I would like to believe the offensive line will outperform their play facing the Texans. The opposition ranks in the bottom ten against the run (much like the Browns), so it would appear that the odds are in the guest’s favor. However, the five upfront (alongside Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray) must still do their job. The toss play had initial success early last week, but I want to see the Browns pound it in the middle and run more off-tackle in the Georgia Dome. I have a sneaking suspicion those two plays can work well.

Defense: Next man up applies (once again) to the Browns’ defensive line situation. I am eager to see how Jim O’Neil and Mike Pettine piece and part three guys at a time. Ahtyba Rubin and Desmond Bryant are the only two veterans remaining, but Sione Fua will get his shot to prove his worth in the NFL. They have not been able to shut down running backs all year long – veterans Steven Jackson and Jaquizz Rodgers will likely have a field day against this unit. My only hope is that the guests prevent the Falcons from many trips to the end zone.

The injury to Jabaal Sheard forces Barkevious Mingo into a larger role. He has made some plays this campaign, but is still wildly inconsistent to my liking. Ideally, they need a third guy to be included in this rotation – who’s going to step up? The leadership and solid play of Karlos Dansby will be greatly missed. I like Craig Robertson and Chris Kirksey, but am fearful that they will not be able to replicate the type of play before Dansby’s injury. This is definitely their opportunity to shine, hopefully they can impress.

This is a giant test for the secondary of the Cleveland Browns – they have not faced a tandem like Roddy White and Julio Jones all season long. In addition to big games needed by Joe Haden and Buster Skrine, K’Waun Williams must continue to grow as a rookie and develop into a reliable nickel cornerback. He has held off first-round pick Justin Gilbert, and I believe he can help this unit tremendously. Will Gilbert get into the starting rotation anytime soon? It doesn’t look that way, but he’s got plenty of shots to prove he ought to be on the field.

Special Teams: The Browns failed in every aspect of special teams last week. They cannot miss field goals, cover kicks poorly, and fail to return kicks themselves. Travis Benjamin did an adequate job, I envision him being better in the dome.

Coaching: It was refreshing hearing coach Pettine take accountability for his decisions versus the Texans. Now, he must correct those on the road. This will definitely occur, but will the talent on the field be enough to get back to their winning ways?

Prediction (My Record: 6 – 4): All the injuries will outweigh the success of the offense and defense for the visiting bunch. The Falcons take an early lead and never look back – by the score of 27 – 17.

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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in NFL Season


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What an Embarrassment by the Browns

What an Embarrassment by the Browns

Review of Browns vs. Texans – Game #10

I believe this one falls into the “same ol’ Browns” category, have a huge, winnable game at home – only to lay a giant egg. If it were not for a questionable personal foul on J.J. Watt, this contest would have been a shutout. Pretty much every aspect was pitiful for the Browns, and an embarrassment from their recent performance. Should Browns fans have been surprised? Not entirely, but let’s review the horrible outcome…

Offense: It’s a good thing that the Browns didn’t sign a wide out named broad side of a barn, because Brian Hoyer would have not been able to hit him. The quarterback easily had his worst game of the season, completing only twenty of his fifty tosses including an interception. Several throws were nowhere near an intended target. It was rather disappointing for the home crowd, and I expect the veteran to play better – but the calls for Manziel were deafening.

The fumble by Isaiah Crowell was the play of the game for the visitors. Tied at seven, the Browns were in the red zone ready to take the lead. The turnover by the home team led to a score by the guests, who never looked back. The unit compiled just fifty-eight yards on the ground, but veteran Ben Tate had only two carries for negative nine yards (not a misprint).   The run game must get better if the team wants a shot at the playoffs.

Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel put up respectable numbers on a combined twenty-six targets. Hauling in a total of eleven grabs for 189 yards and a score is not terrible, but when the quarterback is throwing it fifty times – better production is expected. Both targets and Miles Austin had some drops, something unaccustomed to this unit. I hope they do not have issues in the cold weather, or this could be a rough remaining six contests.

As expected, the guys upfront struggled in all facets of blocking. J.J. Watt dictated the play calling, and Mitchell Schwartz had trouble blocking the defensive end. The result was a pair of sacks allowed and an ineffective running attack. The offensive line in this contest beyond disappointed me – they took a giant step back from last Thursday. We shall see what goes down next week, but this was a pathetic performance.

Defense: No Phil Taylor, no Armonty Bryant, and no John Hughes – and it showed. The Browns allowed some dude named Blue to run for 156 yards on thirty-six carries. They were lucky Arian Foster did not play, or he could have eclipsed 200 yards on the ground. I believe the attrition has finally caught up to this part of the team. The Browns have been getting by all year long, and they will struggle from here on out with all these injuries.

The injury to veteran Karlos Dansby was a killer for the linebacking corps. They had issues covering and stopping the opponent running the football, after the veteran left the contest. I really like Chris Kirksey and Craig Robertson but am not sure they are ready to both play full-time. Barkevious Mingo was surprisingly the best outside linebacker (statistically) for the Browns. He had seven stops and was there on a few big plays. Paul Kruger nearly had an interception, but that was the story for the defense – just close enough but could not make the big play.

Where was the secondary? Joe Haden and Buster Skrine made Andre Johnson look like he was 23 years old again – providing cushion and room to easily catch Ryan Mallet’s passes. I was embarrassed to see the Tom Brady backup look good in this contest, and the secondary did not do anything to make it hard on him. All goodwill that was give to this group has now been taken away. Back to the drawing board, before they play an actual good quarterback in Matt Ryan next week.

Special Teams: A missed thirty-eight yarder and a near fumble in a kickoff return was the story for the Browns’ special teams. They did nothing to stand out, and I hope they can get much better. The unit has a giant task next week, but this game was a head-dropper.

Coaching: For the first time all season, I was surprised the Browns strayed from the running game. They put the ball in Brian Hoyer’s hands, and it failed them miserably. Could they have won the game by sticking to the run? I doubt it, but would have liked their chances a bit more. It was the most disappointing game by the Browns since the Jaguars clunker – and proof they are far from a good team.

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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in NFL Season


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Peeking into the Browns vs. Texans – Game #10

Peeking into the Browns vs. Texans – Game #10

Game #10 Preview – Browns vs. Texans 

Following an emotional victory on national television, and a bit more rest, the Browns take on a Texans squad who is looking for an upset. As with all NFL games, this will be far from an easy victory for the Browns, but if they can play team football (performing well in all three phases) then the sky is the limit. Let’s delve more into this key matchup for the orange and brown.

Offense: With all the talk of Brian Hoyer not finding the end zone in the most recent victory, anticipate Kyle Shanahan to dial up passing plays in the red zone. The quarterback should toss for a couple scores in this contest – to a tight end and a wide receiver. An important part of this week’s game plan is to avoid a horrendous decision or injury. J.J. Watt will be in the backfield a few times, but I can guarantee that the quarterback will avoid tossing a dumb interception or being on the receiving end of a bone-crushing hit.

Who will take the carries for the Browns’ offense? Will Terrance West be the workhorse from here on out? Some of those questions may be answered on Sunday – but I have a hunch that the pair of rookies will have multiple attempts in the backfield. The running game has been improving slowly and steadily since the Mack injury. Sunday is a great opportunity to keep it going and flex their muscles on their opponents. That includes salting away a contest late, when the team has the lead.

With the return of Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins – the offense will likely test their opponent’s limits downfield. Additionally, the role of Miles Austin cannot be undersold. The veteran has caught several huge tosses on third downs, and moved the chains as a result. This receiving unit is far from flashy, but they and Hoyer are getting it done. The return of Josh Gordon next week should give defenses another worry – but for now Hawkins, Gabriel, and Benjamin will have to continue to do their jobs well against the Texans.

I’d like to believe the five guys upfront for the Browns would continue to improve over time. Last week, they dominated the line of scrimmage but this week features a very tough task. In addition to Watt, Whitney Mercilius has been great at stopping the run and making tackles. The Browns’ will have their hands full – but I know they can get it done. Besides getting better overall, what I would like from Nick McDonald is to eliminate the one “blowup” play. This is when a defender drives the center back and takes down Hoyer in the backfield. Cleaning this up is huge for the line.

Defense: To steal a cliché phrase in the NFL – the defensive front of the Browns’ should pin their ears back and force pressure upon Ryan Mallett. Desmond Bryant is coming off of a breakout performance (with a pair of sacks), while Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin are pushing back the point of attack. Worst-case scenario, assuming they’re performing their jobs, is that the guys behind him take down whoever has the ball for the Texans – behind the line of scrimmage.   As far as defending the run goes, Arian Foster is not playing the way he has several years ago – but should still be keyed upon on most plays.

It would be great if Barkevious Mingo could join the party that Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard are already at. This refers to getting sacks and making offensive linemen nervous when seeing them on the outside. Something’s got to click for the LSU standout, and Sunday would be an excellent opportunity for him to finally prove his worth. Both Craig Robertson and Chris Kirksey saw some snaps at inside linebacker opposite Karlos Dansby. I’ve enjoyed seeing them making plays over the course of the season – be it against the run or pass. I envision one of these guys make a huge one again on Sunday.

The Browns’ secondary is finally coming around – almost every guy is doing his part for this defense. Once Justin Gilbert determines his role better, look out. Buster Skrine and Tashaun Gipson have been picking off tosses, while Joe Haden and Donte Whitner have been excellent in defending the run. K’Waun Williams continues to be the wild card for the unit. Facing a guy like Mallett (who has not started a game in the NFL), I would figure the secondary can steal two passes or more – it is just a matter of who will do it.

Special Teams: Should Browns’ fans expect only fair catches from here on out? Perhaps the elements could dictate that, but it’s becoming evident that Jim Leonhard is the only guy the coaching staff trusts right now. I wouldn’t mind that during the extra few days, the staff had a tryout for other returners but time will tell. Not a whole lot to say about other special team units – they have been reliable and consistent. I do not see why that should not continue.

Coaching: The visiting team will likely utilize a more conservative game plan with their new quarterback. Thus the run defense must be focused on by Pettine and O’Neil – taking that away from their opponent is critical. Offensively, it should be more ground and pound to set up deeper heaves.

Prediction (My Record: 6 – 3): I like the Browns to come out strong, falter a bit, but regain the lead and hold on against the Texans. The running game ices a huge win, and the Browns go 7 – 3 following a 27 – 20 victory.

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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in NFL Season


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Another Great Win! A Solid Browns’ Win

Another Great Win!  A Solid Browns’ Win

A Review of Game #9 – Browns @ Bengals

What a total team performance by the Cleveland Browns! All three phases played extremely well, and the elements were not an obstacle for the visiting club. I was really proud to be a Browns fan in the stadium – we were loud, obnoxious, and took control of Paul Brown Stadium. Let’s take a gander at what went down…

Offense: Brian Hoyer was very efficient in this contest; the quarterback did not toss a touchdown but he led three touchdown drives and did not turn the ball over. If going fifteen for twenty-eight for 198 yards is good enough to get wins in the NFL – then I’m all for the way Hoyer is being utilized in this offense. The Browns’ offense has the formula for success, and the leadership by the man under center spearheads this.

It’s not often that three running backs all carry the ball into the end zone. However, that was the case as Terrance West (ninety-four yards), Isaiah Crowell (forty-one yards), and Ben Tate (thirty-four yards) each scored touchdowns. The Browns tallied 170 yards on the ground on fifty-two carries; I liked the game plan by this offense and, more importantly, their execution. It now comes down to repeating this type of performance.

No Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, or Andrew Hawkins – no problem for this receiving corps. The ball was spread around to five different targets, all of which had more than one reception. Miles Austin continues to be a consistent chain mover, especially on third downs. I was glad to see Gary Barnidge and Travis Benjamin get into the action – totaling five grabs for ninety-two yards. I cannot wait for this group to be completely healthy, but for now this performance will do.

The offensive line definitely stepped its game up Thursday night. In addition to opening holes in the running game, they kept Brian Hoyer clean in the pocket. Granted Nick McDonald got beat badly by Geno Atkins, but those things happen. I am really pulling for this game being a stepping-stone for solid play by the offensive line going forward. If it is, then the sky is the limit for his offense.

Defense: Desmond Bryant was the star of the defensive line; he finished with six tackles and two sacks – and looked dominant in the process. It was a welcomed sight by a guy who has not been consistent since signing with the Browns. Billy Winn and Phil Taylor each put in solid performances; they did not excel but were good enough in limiting Jeremy Hill to just fifty-five yards on twelve carries.

It was status quo for linebacker Paul Kruger; the veteran notched another sack this season. I have enjoyed his transformation from an underachieving free agent acquisition to a defensive leader. After a quiet season, Jabaal Sheard finally came to play. He had five tackles and was swarming to ball regularly. The only disappointment was Barkevious Mingo, who did not register any stats for this game. Craig Robertson’s interception set the tone for the game; he and Chris Kirksey are holding it down next to Karlos Dansby. The former Cardinal had a team-high eight stops and continues to show his leadership.

Buster Skrine had a pair of interceptions and three tackles. I was a bit surprised to see him play this well, but I will gladly take it. Joe Haden shut down A.J. Green to the tune of three catches for twenty-three yards. Both safeties performed well, but I was disappointed to see Tashaun Gipson drop an easy interception (his forced fumble on Hill made up for it though). Whitner had four stops and was great in run support. This secondary is finally coming around, and I believe they can win tight games with this group.

Special Teams: The only blunder for the Browns was the fumble by Jim Leonhard early in the contest. I guarantee he will only be catching punts from now on, but the Browns have to have faith that a guy can bring back punts. Other than that, the special teams were once again spectacular.

Coaching: An all-around great coaching job by the Cleveland Browns. They ran it down the Bengals throats, made Andy Dalton make plays, and let the weather dictate play calls. I hope they bottle this game plan up and use it later in the season (and maybe the postseason). But for now, I’m going to enjoy this win and the Sunday off without the Browns.

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Posted by on November 7, 2014 in NFL Season


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