Sunday, November 28, 2010
Wrap-up: Browns 24, Panthers 23
By James Walker
Here are thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 24-23 victory against the Carolina Panthers:
What it means: The Browns broke a two-game losing streak, but it wasn't easy. The Panthers fought back in the second half and took a fourth-quarter lead before Browns kicker Phil Dawson put Cleveland ahead for good with 2:47 left. Cleveland improved to 4-7.
What I liked: The Browns got running back Peyton Hillis going early this week. He finished with 131 yards rushing and recorded three first-half touchdowns. He has 11 rushing touchdowns this year. Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly are the only players other than Hillis in Browns history to rush for 11 or more touchdowns in a season.
What I didn't like: I didn't like the decision to start quarterback Jake Delhomme this week. Browns coach Eric Mangini said Delhomme's familiarity with his former team helped make the difference. The decision nearly cost Mangini and the Browns as Delhomme struggled. He threw for 245 yards and two interceptions, including a pick six in the third quarter that put Carolina back in the game.
What's next: The Browns have a tough road contest against the Miami Dolphins. Cleveland needs to play better than it did against the lowly Panthers (1-10). After Delhomme's performance, there also will be plenty of quarterback questions this week involving Delhomme, Seneca Wallace and rookie Colt McCoy (ankle), who was inactive Sunday.