Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wrap-up: Browns 30, Saints 17
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' huge upset of the New Orleans Saints, 30-17:
What it means: The Browns go into the bye week feeling much better about themselves. Cleveland is still 2-5. But at least the team proved it can be a spoiler and a tough out for opponents in the second half of the season. This also ends any potential controversy, for now, involving the coaching staff, which avoided entering the bye on the dreaded hot seat.
What I liked: The Browns are not giving up. With the exception of last week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland had a chance to win every game this season and finally got its first road win. For some odd reason, Cleveland seems to play its best football against defending Super Bowl champions. The Browns have beaten the reigning champions in three straight seasons, despite being huge underdogs in all three games against the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Saints.
What I didn't like: I don’t want to nitpick when the Browns pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season. So I will just briefly mention that Cleveland linebacker David Bowens (two) scored more touchdowns than the offense (one). Cleveland also struggled on third-down conversions, going 2-for-11.
What's next: The Browns enter their bye week before facing the New England Patriots on Nov. 7. Among the big decisions Cleveland has to make is whether to stick with rookie quarterback Colt McCoy, who won his first start Sunday, or go back to veteran quarterbacks Senenca Wallace or Jake Delhomme if either is healthy in two weeks.