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Monday, November 19, 2012
Upon Further Review: Browns

By Jamison Hensley

Revisiting the Cleveland Browns' 23-20 overtime loss at the Dallas Cowboys:

Tony Romo picked apart the Browns' soft coverage after halftime and it didn't matter how much pressure the Browns tried to put on him.

When Cleveland built a 13-0 halftime lead, the Browns didn't blitz on 85.7 percent of Romo's drop backs in the first half, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In the second half, Romo completed 13 of 18 passes for one touchdown when the Browns chose not to blitz.

The difference after halftime? Romo took advantage of Browns cornerbacks Sheldon Brown and Buster Skrine giving a big cushion and threw short passes underneath, totaling 239 yards passing after halftime.

As Romo began to find success against the Cleveland defense, the Browns sent added pressure more in the second half. But that had little effect on Romo, who was 12-for-15 for 104 yards against the Browns' blitz in the second half and overtime.

STAT THAT STICKS: 12 -- Penalties on the Browns for 129 yards. Cleveland's defense accounted for 10 of them, including seven by the Browns' banged-up secondary.

OVERHEARD: “As much as I could complain about another loss, another game we should have won, we battled that team up and down. We don’t have a team of Pro Bowlers and we don’t have a Hall of Fame coaching staff, but we have a team. You can be mad with another loss. But you don’t see any quit in this team.” -- Returner-receiver Josh Cribbs told ESPN Radio in Cleveland.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Browns (2-8) return home to play the Steelers (6-4). Cleveland has lost 16 of the past 17 meetings with Pittsburgh.