The Cleveland Browns have once again fallen under .500 (3-4).
The loss came at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, the surprise team of the NFL that is now an NFC West leading 6-1. The Niners defeated the Browns 20-10 in a highly sloppy game by the team from Cleveland, not keeping a grip on the football all day long (4 times in the presence of McCoy). Although they only lost 1 fumble on the day, the ball was sure bouncing their way sometimes after it squeaked loose . The Browns once again could not put the ball in the endzone until the latter part of the 4th quarter. McCoy looks more at ease as the weeks go by completing 22 of 34 passes for solid 241 yards and one score (Josh Cribbs 45 yard TD). Although his only interception on the day, it was a poor decision that may have cost the Browns a chance at a comeback. Colt lofted the ball in the endzone intended for Greg Little who was double covered and the ball was eventually picked off by Dashon Goldson.
On the flip side (David Puddy, for Seinfeld Fans) the 49ers looked good on defense, but had the same problem moving the football, they just put more points on the board and capitalized in key situations. The 26th ranked Browns defense on the run really showed as Gore rushed for 134 yards on 31 carries. The feature back in San Fran has been a workhorse all year rushing for 675 yards, and his lost four games he has passed the century mark. Harbaugh has really been using the talent of Gore efficiently this year compared to the last two years or so of poor performance (at least in my eyes). Smith had an exceptionally solid day under center completing 15 of 24 passes for a low, but effective 177 yards (98.8 QB Rating). He also threw for one score, completed to Michael Crabtree who had 5 receptions of his 9 targets for 54 yards. All in all just another win for the 49ers who continued their surprising, torrid pace through the NFL in 2o11.
For the Browns, they find themselves once again in another hole at 3-4 staring into another typical season. Yet, they could still run the table hoping for an 8-8 or possibly 9-7 record to squeeze themselves into the playoffs, but let’s not get to far ahead of ourselves. In the Browns last 55 games (last 3 years plus the first 7 this year) they are 17-38 having 3 losing seasons and a disappointing start to an easy schedule in 2011. Cleveland has fallen off the wagon after shocking the NFL by going 10-6 in 2007, but missing the playoffs due to a tiebreaker (Damn Indianapolis, true fans will understand).
As a Browns fan it’s tough to watch our team blow games year in and year out, I’m looking forward to the draft this year as I feel we have a chance to build some more young talent. But we still have the second half of the season ahead of us and anything’s possible.
As Cleveland stares into a familiar sight we can only believe that not all hope is lost in the town of turmoil.
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Written by Corey Rioux
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