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A Normal Day In Cleveland

Posted By Corey Rioux On Dec 4 2011 @ 10:22 pm In Cleveland Browns | No Comments

Quite frankly I haven’t wanted to write about the Browns during the past week because I’m just too damn upset. Shout out to Bradley Ross [1] whose been carrying the load covering the Browns during my time of sorrow. So I guess it’s time I get down to the point and express my feelings……

Yeah, I know Cleveland was shot in the foot multiple times today by those Ravens out of Baltimore, but I’d like to touch on the win that wasn’t when Cleveland traveled down to southern Ohio to take on the Bengals. Cleveland came out with some confidence after their win against Jacksonville, and it showed in the first half. At the end of the second quarter, McCoy completed a TD pass to Greg Little (his first TD) to take a 17-7 lead going into the lockeroom.

The second half rolled around and as a fan I know that nothing is guaranteed especially when it comes to the Browns. To get down to the point (unfortunately), Cincinnati walked out of the stadium with a 23-20 win, outscoring Cleveland 16-3 in the 3rd and 4th quarters. A possible 5-6 record fell to an unnoticeable 4-7 as the schedule grew tougher.

Cleveland looked for their first division win of the season as they entered Week 13, with the Ravens heavily favored. The game turned out to be an average one, on a rainy day on the banks of Lake Erie as the Browns were ousted 24-10 by the Ray Rice led Ravens.

Even with 2 missed fields by Billy Cundiff early in the first half, Cleveland still looked out of it and out of sync on offense. It’s been the story of the season and has defined the Browns record, and this offense needs a readjustment in the RB and WR positions which Cleveland eyes to fill in late April. ¬†For the defensive side of the ball, once again the secondary stepped up only allowing 158 yards and 0 TD, but for the run, there wasn’t an answer. Ray Rice rushed for just over 200 yards with 1 TD, basically beating the Browns single-handedly.

Colt McCoy left the game for a few snaps in the first quarter with an apparent knee injury but quickly returned to the game. Overall McCoy went 17 for 35 for 192 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT, while Hillis wasn’t even a threat only rushing for 45 yards on 12 carries. You may disagree with me, but Cleveland should not bring back Hillis next year, let him sign with another team and sit out because of some strep throat thing (really?).

With the Browns sitting at 4-8 with only 4 games to play they are in for another top draft pick, which is not necessarily an awful thing considering they own the rights to Atlanta’s first rounder as well.

A short week is upon the Pat Shurmur and the rest of the coaching staff as Cleveland heads to the Big Ketchup Bottle to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football. At least the fan’s get a prime-time game right?

For the sake of my fantasy team, I want that higher draft pick.

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