From the Armchair: Cleveland Browns Week 9
After losing 11 in a row to the former Browns, Cleveland finally beat Baltimore.
These teams were pretty evenly matched. Both teams had 17 first downs, averaged 2.6 yards per carry, Baltimore had 67 total plays Cleveland had 68. The difference was the quarterback play. Campbell completed 66% if his passes for 262 yards and 3 TD's, while Flacco completed 59% of his passes for 250 yards and 2 TD's and an interception. Cleveland was also penalized less than Baltimore, 6 for 55 compared to 9 for 80. The coaching staff committed to the run more this week giving McGahee 21 carries, but he was only able to muster 31 yards. The defense played well, sacking Flacco 5 times, intercepting him once, and holding Ray Rice to 17 yards. They did have a letdown at the end of the first half that lead to Baltimore's first touchdown, and they are still having trouble getting off the field on third downs. The special teams came up with a turnover this week.
Last week I complained about Devon Bess and Greg Little dropping passes. This week Bess caught 2 touchdown passes and a huge third down reception late in the game, and Little caught 7 passes for 122 yards, and ran well after the catch. So this week I'm going to complain about MaGahee averaging 1.5 yards per carry and losing a fumble, and the defense allowing a 44% third down conversion rate.
Up next: Bye then @ Cincy.
Only 184 days til the NFL draft.