From the Armchair: Cleveland Browns week 5

10/4/13 in NFL   |   sisyphus1992   |   1185 respect

Travis BenjaminCleveland 37 Buffalo 24

On Jim Brown night in Cleveland, the battle of Lake Erie tuned into the battle of attrition and big plays. Buffalo brought the AFC's number one rushing offense into Cleveland to face the AFC's number two rushing defense. Buffalo was able to move the ball on the ground,155 yards and three rushing touchdowns, including a 54-yarder by CJ Spiller. It was the special teams and a turnover that were the difference in the game.

Buffalo jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the fist quarter thanks to a pass interference call in the end zone, leading to a one yard TD run by Fred Jackson and a 51-yd field goal by Dan Carpenter. Cleveland lost starting quarterback Brian Hoyer on its second possession to a knee injury.  In the second quarter Travis Benjamin took over, returning one punt for 59 yards that led to a field goal, and another for a 79 yard TD.

Those scores were sandwiched around a one-yard Willis MaGahee touchdown. That sent Cleveland to the locker room with a 17-10 halftime lead. Buffalo came back in the third quarter with Spiller's 54-yard touchdown run and Jackson scoring on another one yard run after another pass interference call in the end zone. Buffalo also lost it's starting quarterback EJ Manuel in the third quarter. Cleveland quickly tied the score with a 37 yard TD from Weeden to Josh Gordon. The score was tied at the end of the third quarter 24-24 In the fourth quarter Billy Cundiff kicked two field goals to put the Browns up six and TJ Ward returned a pick six to put the game out of reach with 1:44 to go. This brings Cleveland to 3-2 and guarantees a share of first place in the AFC North for at least one more week.

In addition to losing their starting quarterback Cleveland lost defensive lineman Desmond Bryant (shortness of breath)and running back Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion) to injury. Buffalo lost wide receiver Steve Johnson to a leg injury.

After his first two series Brandon Weeden didn't look terrible. He was 13-24 for 197 yards and a touchdown. He did hold onto the ball too long and took five sacks. MaGahee looks like he is getting into game shape. He only averaged 2.8 yds per carry but totaled 72 yds on 26 carried and a touchdown. The receivers too were adequate, not dropping a ton of passes. Gordon led all receivers with 86 yards and a touchdown.

The defense played well enough to win. They gave up 155 yards rushing, 66 to Spiller and 53 to Jackson. The front seven didn't get a ton of pressure but had four sacks. The secondary gave up two big pass interference penalties,but came up with a pick six at cruchtime.

The special teams were the difference in the game. Travis Benjamin had seven punt returns for 179yds, a Cleveland record, and a touchdown. Billy Cundiff made all three of his field goal attempts.

Next up Detroit @ Cleveland 1:00pm Sunday 10/13
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10/4/13   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21524 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Cleveland looked awful and good all at the same time. I enjoyed this game though I thought Buffalo would pull it out. Well, til baby face Manuel went down.

Brandon Weeden only threw 1 touchdown in that game...  Plus the Browns didn't get an interception from EJ Manuel plus CJ Spiller ran a 53-yard TD.  If Weeden starts again, he could have his hands full against Matthew Stafford, Reggie Bush and the Detroit Lions' high-powered offense...  If it wasn't for the pick-6 thrown by Tuel who backed up EJ and Travis' Benjamin's 79-yard punt touchdown return, the Bills would've won by a grain of rice.  It was good to see the legend Jim Brown being honored by the Browns at halftime!  Above all it was an electrifying game.  Brandon Weeden is truly not the answer fr the Browns in my opinion.

10/4/13   |   kobe_lova   |   62433 respect

Cleveland looked awful and good all at the same time. I enjoyed this game though I thought Buffalo would pull it out. Well, til baby face Manuel went down.

10/4/13   |   JenX63   |   33178 respect

Right on! Go Brown!