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Thursday, November 6, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Broncos 34, Browns 30

By James Walker
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

CLEVELAND -- Different quarterback, same titanic collapse.

The Brady Quinn era got under way much like the way the Derek Anderson era ended -- with a fourth-quarter meltdown. The Denver Broncos overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half Thursday night to beat the Cleveland Browns, 34-30, on the road.

But this loss cannot be pinned on the quarterback. Quinn was solid in his first NFL start, throwing for 239 yards and two touchdowns. But the offense did sputter for the most part in the second half to allow Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler (447 yards, three touchdowns) to carve up Cleveland's defense and steal the game.

After falling to 3-6 and blowing two double-digit leads in consecutive weeks, Cleveland now has major issues to address going forward. The organization played the biggest card it had left in changing quarterbacks in an attempt to save its season, but the team suffered the same losing result.

The Browns will have 10 days off to evaluate the entire state of the organization -- likely starting with head coach Romeo Crennel -- before their next game against the Buffalo Bills on Nov. 17. The Broncos (5-4), meanwhile, are the only team in the AFC West with a winning record.