Sunday, October 10, 2010
Wrap-up: Falcons 20, Browns 10
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons' victory over the Cleveland Browns:
What it means: The Browns cannot string together two straight wins, which likely will be a challenge for this team all season. Cleveland failed to build off the momentum of beating the Cincinnati Bengals at home with its fourth loss of the season on Sunday. In what's been a common theme, Cleveland was outplayed in the second half in a game that was closer than the final score.
What I liked: Cleveland's defense gave up a decent amount of yards, but not a lot of points. The Browns held Atlanta's talented offense to just 13 points, which could be enough to win for most teams. The Browns also stuffed Atlanta on all three trips to the red zone.
What I didn't like: The Browns couldn't run the football, and that put too much pressure on the passing game. Peyton Hillis, who has a thigh injury, didn't look himself and registered just 28 yards on 10 carries. That forced the Browns to throw the football 39 times and it caught up to them when quarterback Jake Delhomme threw a costly pick-six that put the game away. Delhomme entered the game after Seneca Wallace injured his ankle.
What's next: The Browns travel to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first game for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Injuries are mounting for the Browns, and now they have even more questions at quarterback.