Upon Further Review: Browns

December, 17, 2012
12/17/12
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Revisiting the Cleveland Browns' 38-21 loss to the Washington Redskins:

The Browns played their final home game of the 2012 season, and it couldn't come fast enough for Brandon Weeden.

For some reason, Weeden played better on the road than at home this season. In eight home games, Weeden averaged 188.7 yards passing with five touchdowns and 12 interceptions (58.5 rating). In six road games, he averaged 295 yards passing with nine touchdowns and five interceptions (87.7 rating). Weeden was sacked 20 times at home and only six times on the road. You would expect the numbers to be the opposite for a rookie quarterback.

One possible factor may be the strength of defenses faced at home compared to the road. But here's the pass defense rankings for the non-division teams that played at Cleveland Browns Stadium: Philadelphia (13th), Buffalo (15th), San Diego (20th), Kansas City (seventh) and Washington (30th). These aren't the top secondaries in the league. In playing the Redskins' struggling pass defense, Weeden threw for 244 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Whatever the problem is, the Browns have to figure out a way to fix it. As long as he's the quarterback of the Browns, half of his games will be played at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

STAT THAT STICKS: 9,913 -- Career kickoff return yards for Josh Cribbs, which moves him to fifth on the NFL's all-time list. The only players ahead of him are: Brian Mitchell, Allen Rossum, Mel Gray and Dante Hall. Cribbs returned seven kickoffs for 191 yards Sunday.

OVERHEARD: "When we thought it was going to be a run it was a pass. When we thought it was going to be a pass it was a run. They did a good job throwing us off. ... You felt a little off balance. You didn't know what they were doing." Cornerback Joe Haden told The Plain Dealer after the defense allowed 430 yards to the Redskins.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Browns (5-9) will play at the Broncos (11-3), who haven't lost since Oct. 7.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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