Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wrap-up: Browns 41, Chiefs 34
By James Walker
The Cleveland Browns earned their first winning streak under coach Eric Mangini in exciting fashion Sunday with a 41-34 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
It was a game that saw a little bit of everything from Cleveland’s offense and special teams. Browns tailback Jerome Harrison set Cleveland's single-game rushing record with 286 yards, breaking Jim Brown's old mark of 237 yards. Joshua Cribbs also showed why he is arguably the league's most dangerous returner with two kickoff returns for a touchdown. He holds the NFL record with eight touchdown returns for his career.
With back-to-back wins over Kansas City (3-11) and the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Browns (3-11) are playing their best football of the season. But it comes at an interesting time as Mike Holmgren is in serious talks with Cleveland and could take over the organization as early as next week.
Mangini and Holmgren met recently to discuss the team. Most league observers expect someone of Holmgren's caliber to consider cleaning house and bring in his own people, but winning towards the end of the season doesn't hurt.