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CLEVELAND -- With six minutes left in the game, at least three-quarters of Browns Stadium was empty. It spoke to the Cowboys' complete domination of a team rumored to be a contender in the AFC.
Starting on the first drive, quarterback Tony Romo had an inordinate amount of time in the pocket. The Browns traded second- and third-round draft choices to shore up their defensive line, but on this day, the results weren't much different than in past years. The Cowboys consistently knocked the Browns off the line of scrimmage, allowing Romo to carve up the defense for 318 yards and a touchdown. He was 24-of-32, and wasn't even touched until the second half.
On defense, the Cowboys missed starting cornerback Terence Newman on one Browns scoring drive, but that's about it. Fans booed the Browns as they left the field at the half. But they were even louder when head coach Romeo Crennel inexplicably sent out his field goal unit when the Browns trailed 28-7 in the fourth quarter.
The Browns can talk about injuries to receiver Josh Cribbs and guard Rex Hadnot, but it wouldn't have mattered. For one day, the Cowboys lived up to their enormous hype. And the Browns were left wondering if they're really this bad.