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Turning It Around

Posted By Corey Rioux On Nov 21 2011 @ 7:00 am In Cleveland Browns | No Comments

Things may not have been on Cleveland’s side once again this Sunday, but in the end the Browns prevailed with a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, 14-10.

Like I had predicted [1], the defense out of both locker rooms played terrific in a game where points were at a premium. But, the storyline of the game, was the plot against the Browns from those darn guys in black and white. It was a miracle that Cleveland won this game after the game had been swayed towards Jacksonville, because once again Cleveland’s just unlucky. It may sound like a broken record, but seriously when do things ever go our way? Besides the win, I’m disgusted with the pass interference calls and a missed field goal that was actually good.

On Cleveland’s last possession they were stopped in Jacksonville territory, but looked open for a field goal from #4 Phil Dawson. The kick sailed right, but fell over the right post meaning it was GOOD, but the officials thought otherwise signaling the kick NO GOOD on a play that is not reviewable. Dawson showed his disgust with the call as the TV replay confirmed it was good, but the zebras stood by their call.

Jacksonville then proceeded to drive the ball into Cleveland territory and kept throwing the ball Haden’s way ultimately forcing a bogus pass interference call. Phil Taylor also jumped offside on a 4th and 1, these plays led Jacksonville to have the ball on the 5 yard line with 41 seconds left. After trying to push the pile with MJD, Jacksonville took 20 seconds off the clock eventually calling their final timeout with 8 seconds left. They once again went Haden’s way in the corner of the endzone, but the second-year corner broke it up. On the final play of the game, Gabbert went over the middle to the endzone, but it was successfully broken up by Cleveland’s defense, giving them the victory.

The question looms, why wouldn’t they go to MJD? Jack Del Rio has to trust his no. 1 player and these kind of decisions will cost him his job in northern Florida.

A sigh of relief can finally be exhaled in Cleveland as the Browns got off their 3 game losing streak improving to 4-6 on the year. This win provides extra confidence in the locker room as Cleveland prepares for their game in Cincinnati against the surprise Andy Dalton (The Red Rocket) led Bengals.

McCoy looked spectacular today picking apart the Jacksonville secondary going 17-24 for just about 200 yards accompanied with 1 TD and 1 INT. ┬áThe 1 INT came in the redzone, a poor mistake, but these things happen when you’re best weapon is Josh Cribbs.

Chris Ogbonnaya picked up the slack of the running game getting the ball 21 times out of the backfield and rushing 115 yards with 1 TD.

Things seem to clicking, but it comes at the wrong time as the Browns enter the rough part of their schedule throughout the rest of November and December.

Pat Shurmur looks to keep his club on this kind of pace, maybe he’ll have more to say at those press conferences.



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