From the Armchair: Cleveland Browns, Week 8
It took a few series but Jason Campbell finally got comfortable and the Browns gave the Chiefs all they could handle. The Browns defense bent but didn't break in the first quarter holding the Chiefs to two field goals. Early in the second quarter Alex Smith hit Anthony Sherman for a 12yrd touchdown. After falling behind 13-0 the Browns used a little trickery to score their first touchdown, a 39yrd flea flicker to Josh Gordon. With just over a minute left in the half Smith completed a 28 yd touchdown to Dexter McCluster. That left enough time for the Browns to drive down and get a field goal just before the half, and go into the locker room down ten. The Browns defense played even better in the second half shutting out the Chiefs in the third quarter. The Browns managed seven points on a 17yd pass from Campbell to Fozzy Whittaker. With about 7 minutes to go in the game and down by 3, the Browns forced the Chiefs to punt from inside their own 10 and it looked like they would have a chance to a least tie the game if not take the lead. Devon Bess fumbled the punt and the Chiefs recovered and iced the game with a 40yd field goal.
The offense played better this week. Campbell got the ball out quickly and spread it around. Nine different receivers caught a pass. The Chiefs were only able to sack Campbell once. Campbell completed 61% of his attempts for 293 yds and two touchdowns. The running game was non existent again. Willis McGahee only had 9 carries, and Chris Ogbonnaya had 3. .The pair totaled 40 yds. Josh Gordon had five catches for 132 yds and a touchdown. Dropped passes by Bess and Little didn't help any, and penalties were also a problem for the offense with numerous holding and false start calls.
The defense played well especially in the second half. They contained Jamaal Charles (74yds rushing) and Dwayne Bowe (7yds receiving). KC did have others step up with McCluster and Sherman both scoring touchdowns. They sacked Smith 6 times. Where they had trouble was getting off the field on third down. KC was 10 of 19 on third downs. They were also unable to get a turnover.
On the special teams, Travis Benjamin was injured on a punt return in the third quarter, that is why Bess was returning\\fumbling punts in the fourth. The special teams were also plagued with penalties. A running into the kicker, and few holds.
If the Browns are going to get back in the race for the AFC North, and stop my draft countdown, they need to find a running game and quit committing so many penalties. (9 for 70 yds today)
Next up Baltimore at home
Only 192 days til the NFL draft.