Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wrap-up: Browns 6, Seahawks 3
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 6-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks:
What it means: It certainly was ugly, but the Browns ended their two-game losing streak. Cleveland evened their record at 3-3 to keep from falling out of the AFC North race by Halloween. The Browns' wins might not be impressive, but they are beating the teams they're supposed to beat.
Thumbs up: Browns' defense. Sure, it was against a backup quarterback (Charlie Whitehurst) and running back (Justin Forsett), but the Browns' defense didn't budge all game despite sloppy play on offense and special teams. Cleveland held the Seahawks to 137 yards of total offense.
Thumbs down: Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. He's struggling with his confidence and accuracy and finished 20-of-35 of 178 yards and one interception. McCoy missed a wide-open Ben Watson on third-and-2 early in the game and underthrew tight end Evan Moore badly to get intercepted at the Seahawks' 10-yard line.
Mixed results: Kicker Phil Dawson. He provided all the scoring with two 50-plus-yard field goals. But you could give a thumbs down to his blocking up front, which allowed two kicks to get blocked (including a 24-yarder in the fourth quarter).
Reversal of fortune: The Seahawks had a punt return for a touchdown negated by a very questionable penalty (block in the back). On the next play, cornerback Sheldon Brown intercepted Whitehurst on a poor throw.
Injury report: Two starters -- wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and tight end Ben Watson -- left the game in the first half with head injuries and didn't return.
What's next: The Browns travel to San Francisco to continue a stretch of three road games in four weeks.