The Browns were humiliated this week in Houston, 30-12 in a one sided ball game.
Only Browns fans can define what this loss means: It never gets better. The season started with upside after Cleveland started 2-1 and it looked like the Browns might have a playoff push in their system, but things have leveled off with the club going 1-4 in their last 5 games. I’m not saying it’s over, don’t ever doubt me of my fanhood, as a fan of this football team I have been through the grind long enough to understand that things aren’t over (not that they have ever turned it around), but they never seem to go our way. I can’t promise a good moral season, though 7-9 or even 8-8 (if possible) would really boost the spirits of C-Town for the upcoming offseason where changes seem imminent. Unfortunately, it’s time to part ways with the one year wonder of Peyton Hillis, maybe if he would grow up and stop crying about that hamstring, even Tim Tebow might be tougher than him. I think I have ranted enough, on to the game in Houston, something I don’t want to talk about.
Browns, 12 Texans, 30
Cleveland couldn’t stop the run allowing for Foster and Tate to both rush for over 100 yards and 1 TD each, once again proving if you can run the ball, then you can beat the Browns. Houston had a total of 380 yards on the day, more than doubling Cleveland’s pitiful 172 total yards. Schaub didn’t play the type of game he usually plays only throwing for 119 yards with no TDs and 1 INT, yet he was once again missing his favorite target, one of the best receivers in football, Andre Johnson.
The Texans went 9-14 on third down, converting every big play in every critical moment, this ultimately cost Cleveland a chance at staying close, but instead left their defense on the field for about 10 more minutes than the offense.
The loss of Hillis and now Hardestly at the helm of the Browns rushing attack, has increasingly downsized the options for the Browns offense. Forcing McCoy to throw the football more and more, since Ogbonnaya could not carry the load this week fumbling on Cleveland’s first possession of the game. McCoy threw the ball 22 times through the air completing a pass 14 times, with 5 of them to the return man Josh Cribbs, one for a TD.
With 8 games left in the season and 5 of them against AFC North opponents, the season looks to have a grim finish, but maybe a spark will light somewhere in this club. The new offense implemented by first year coach Pat Shurmur is still going under major tweaks every week, maybe a balance will be found shortly.
This week the Browns face the 1-7 St Louis Rams that lost a heartbreaker to Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals last week. With Bradford back and fully healthy, Cleveland is up for a challenge against the Spagnuolo led Rams.
If Cleveland wins this week we will only have one thing to say: Maybe it does get better, just maybe.
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Written by Corey Rioux
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