Monday, November 17, 2008
Browns-Bills halftime notes
Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. --The Cleveland Browns lead the Buffalo Bills 13-10 at halftime of their "Monday Night Football" clash.
Here are some first-half observations:
- Cleveland's much-maligned defense is clearly taking exception to all the talk of them struggling and quitting in its last game against the Denver Broncos. The Browns forced three turnovers in the first quarter that Cleveland turned into six points.
- Browns quarterback Brady Quinn is facing a lot more pressure than he did in his first start, and it is affecting his play. Buffalo is playing a lot of man-to-man defense against Quinn and hitting him in the process. The pressure has forced a lot of high throws as Quinn is 5 for 13 for 74 yards in the first half.
- The Bills, like many teams this year, had no answer for Browns defensive tackle Shaun Rogers early. He was tripled-teamed twice on two interceptions. The first triple-team he got his hand on the ball and his tip resulted in an interception. Buffalo initially tried running at him. Eventually the Bills got the message and started sealing Rogers off and running away from him for bigger gains.
- Cleveland receiver Braylon Edwards started the game with yet another drop. But, to his credit, he did respond with three catches afterwards in the first half. Edwards, who leads the NFL in drops this year, has the tendency to let one drop snowball into multiple drops.