Browns' offense keeps getting roughed up
September, 15, 2013
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
BALTIMORE -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden left the stadium with a brace on his right hand. It appropriately sums up a Browns offense that got roughed up for a second straight game.
The Browns nearly gave up as many sacks (five) as points produced (six) in a 14-6 loss at the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. After holding a 6-0 lead at halftime, the Browns were shut out in the second half and managed 85 total yards. The closest the Browns got to the end zone after halftime was the Ravens' 36-yard line.
“We have to score when the opportunities are there," said Weeden, who injured his right thumb in the fourth quarter and didn't return. "We weren’t able to sustain our drives. We need to capitalize on any opportunities we get.”
On the Browns' first offensive play, Weeden hit tight end Jordan Cameron for 53 yards but the Browns couldn't score a touchdown on three plays inside the Ravens' 8-yard line.
Then, after the Ravens went ahead 7-6 in the third quarter, running back Chris Ogbonnaya went uncovered on a wheel route. With no one between Ogbonnaya and the end zone, Weeden overthrew him. Instead of a go-ahead touchdown, the Browns ultimately punted.
“I’ll have to look at it," coach Rob Chudzinski said. "It looked like the pass went right off his fingertips. That certainly was an opportunity for a big play. It looked like it might have been a touchdown.”
In two games, the Browns have one touchdown and three field goals. They've gone six quarters and 18 drives without a touchdown.
One of the biggest problems is the lack of pass protection. Weeden has been sacked 11 times in two weeks. He was only sacked 28 times in 15 games last season.
"There were times when protection was really good, but you look at a situation when the protection breaks down," Chudzinski said. "It’s difficult when it’s a have-to-pass situation against a good defense and a great front. They have very good pass rushers, so they’re going to get some pressure. We’ll look at the tape and see how good we did. I feel like we did a better job than we did last week.”
Now, there's a question whether Weeden will be healthy enough to start. The Browns may have to turn to backup Jason Campbell.
"The X-rays were negative, so that’s a good thing," said Weeden, who hit his throwing hand on a helmet. "It only happened an hour ago, so it’s hard to figure out anything. We’ll know more tomorrow.”