Monday, November 25, 2013
Upon Further Review: Browns Week 12
By Pat McManamon
An review of four hot issues from the Cleveland Browns' 27-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Last seven: The Browns have no one but themselves to blame for what has happened the last two games. In the last seven quarters, they’ve been outscored 68-18. And in that time they’ve given up a touchdown on a blocked punt, a fumble return and an interception return. They also had a blocked punt, fumble and interception set up three other touchdowns. That’s 42 points directly given to the opposition.
Big non-catch: One small play in a game of many big ones did matter: Late in the first half, Brandon Weeden (who entered the game to replace Jason Campbell, who had suffered a rib injury) threw over the middle to tight end Jordan Cameron, who could not make the catch. That miss set up a short field for Pittsburgh, which capitalized on a long pass to Antonio Brown for a touchdown. Cameron said he simply should have made the catch.
Ordinary Joe: Joe Haden has been exceptional all season, but Brown had six catches for 92 yards and a 41-yard touchdown against Haden. The Browns corner misread the route on the touchdown, as he stopped, thinking Brown was going to make a move. Brown, though, kept going. Brown made some catches on Haden, but the overall picture on the Browns cornerback does not change. He has shut down a lot of the league’s best receivers.
Nowhere to run: At some point this season the Browns were going to see their poor running game catch up to them. The Browns ran 16 times for 55 yards, a total eclipsed by Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell alone. The Browns threw 52 passes. Game circumstance dictates a lot of play calls, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner lamented last week that the team had to throw 57 times against Cincinnati and said the Browns would not win doing that. Sunday they threw 52 times.