Wrap-up: Giants 41, Browns 27

October, 7, 2012
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Thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 41-27 loss at the New York Giants:

What it means: The Browns remain winless on the season, dropping to 0-5 for the first time since they returned to the NFL in 1999. If it matters at this point, they fall four games behind the division-leading Ravens. Cleveland extended its NFL-worst losing streak to 11 games, which ties a franchise record. The Browns have now dropped 10 in a row on the road.

Turning point: The Browns held a 14-0 lead -- their biggest margin on an opponent this year -- and still found a way to trail by halftime. How does that happen? The Browns turned the ball over twice in a matter of 2 1/2 minutes, which caused a 17-10 lead to turn into a 24-17 deficit. A Brandon Weeden interception and a Josh Cribbs fumble on a kickoff return led to two touchdowns.

Defense in pain: The Browns have more concerns than giving up 502 yards to the Giants. Three starters were injured for a defense that was already playing without two injured starters (Phil Taylor and Chris Gocong). Middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson left in the second quarter with a concussion and cornerback Dimitri Patterson suffered an ankle injury on the second-half kickoff. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin also left the locker room in a walking boot.

Questioning the play call: With the Browns up 17-10, they faced a third-and-1 at the Giants' 25-yard line. Instead of running the ball, the Browns chose to pass and Weeden was intercepted. Rookie running back Trent Richardson, who finished with 81 yards rushing, had gained 4 and 5 yards on the previous two plays.

What happened to Gordon? Rookie receiver Josh Gordon helped the Browns to a 14-0 lead with a 62-yard touchdown catch from Weeden. But Gordon disappeared for most of the game after that big play. His only other catch was a 20-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

What's next: The Browns go home to play the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) for the second time in a five-week span.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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