Cleveland Browns: 2013 Week 15 Upon Further Review AFC

Upon Further Review: Browns Week 15

December, 16, 2013
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CLEVELAND -- An examination of five hot issues from the Cleveland Browns' 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears:

A step back: Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton had said in the past two weeks that the third-down defense had been fixed. In five previous games against New England, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Baltimore, the Browns held opponents to 25-for-75 on third down (33 percent). The Bears were 9-for-14 (64.3 percent) on Sunday.

It’s been six years: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Browns became the first team since the Buffalo Bills in 2007 to score two defensive touchdowns and lose.

Haden
Haden update: Cornerback Joe Haden left the game in the third quarter after taking a knee to his left hip. Haden did not return, and the team said he had a hip pointer. But safety T.J. Ward said he talked to Haden after the game and thought Haden would be OK. Coach Rob Chudzinski said Haden’s condition would be updated at Monday's news conference.

The touchdown maker: Edwin Baker’s first NFL carry came on the Browns' first rushing play. He finished with eight carries for 38 yards (a 4.8-yard average) and a touchdown. But on a day when the wind was howling from east to west and Jason Campbell struggled to get the ball through the wind to Josh Gordon, the Browns called 39 runs and 17 passes and did not gain 100 yards against the league’s worst rush defense. The Bears had 31 runs and 31 passes.

What a fan experience: Relentless snow that covered the Cleveland area the day before the game apparently went unnoticed by the Browns. Fans who arrived to the game found most of the seats covered with several inches of snow, with drifts blown up under seats. The Browns have some bigger issues on the field, but when a team touts its outstanding “fan game-day experience,” and when it’s spending $90 million for new scoreboards and taking $30 million from the city of Cleveland for other improvements, it seems the least it could do is have the seats ready and cleaned for the loyal fans. The fact that snow covered the seats should be an embarrassment to the front office.

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