Unfortunately, I had to work today so I was not able to watch the Browns upset the defending Superbowl Champions. Figures right? I can not really comment on why the Browns were able to intercept Drew Brees four times, however I do have some a few interesting things to say about the game.
David Bowens who was the hero of the day for the Browns, intercepting two of Brees’ passes (both of which he ran back for touchdowns) may have had some help from the football gods or the karma gods. On Tuesday of this past week Drew Brees had a son who he named Bowen. Prior to today Bowens had only one touchdown in his eleven year career. He does not even see much action as he is not a starter in the Browns base 3-4 defense. The reason he was able to make those plays today is that the Browns spent most of the game in their nickle package attempting to counter the Saints potent passing game.
Former Saints LB Scott Fujita who has been one of the Browns most consistent players this year was awarded a game ball from Coach Eric Mangini. Fujita had one of the Browns four interceptions and one of their three sacks in addition to nine tackles. More importantly Fujita monitored the Saints personnel packages and helped the defense make presnap adjustments. I would really assume this was a big part of the Browns success. Brees has only thrown four interceptions one other time in his career which was in 2007 against the Titans.
Lastly, I texted my buddy who is on the Browns coaching staff asking him if he was pumped up about the win. Naturally he was really excited, especially heading into the bye week. He did however lament that he feels the team should be at least 4-3, letting some early wins slip through their fingers. We agreed that the Browns have definitely played good football week in and week out. He told me, “yeah we’re a good team, too bad we’re not in the NFC West.” Pretty funny stuff.
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Written by Fran Berkman
Francis (Fran) Berkman is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a BS in Human Development. He is currently working towards a master's degree in journalism at Hofstra University. He lives in Massapequa, NY.