Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wrap-up: Rams 13, Browns 12
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 13-12 loss to the visiting St. Louis Rams:
What it means: The Rams (2-7) didn't win this game. The Browns lost it. The Browns fell for the fifth time in six games, including three straight. Cleveland dropped to 3-6 as St. Louis ended a six-game losing streak on the road. With no touchdowns against the third-worst scoring defense, the Browns have just two touchdowns in their past four games. The fans' discontent reached a season high as boos could be heard throughout Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Thumbs down: The Browns' execution, or lack thereof. Cleveland only had to make a 22-yard field goal to take the lead with two minutes left in the game, but the snap hit the leg of Browns lineman Alex Mack, which threw off the timing of Phil Dawson's kick (which sailed left). This was one of many errors in another embarrassing loss.
Trying to do too much: Josh Cribbs, who scored the only two touchdowns the past four weeks, fumbled on a punt return. It gave the ball to the Rams at the Browns' 30-yard line and led to the eventual winning field goal midway through the fourth quarter. But when an offense is struggling this much, sometimes players press to make plays when they should play it safe.
Run over again: The Browns allowed 100 yards rushing to the seventh running back in nine games when Steven Jackson ran for 128 yards. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry.
What's next: The Browns remain home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are coming off a road win at Indianapolis.