Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 10/7/12

Browns fans weren’t overly excited about the game. Even after a 14-0 first quarter lead, it seems the skepticism was warranted. Nearly 30% of Browns fans who filled out our survey thought the Browns would win. I personally thought the Browns had a good chance, for them, but to me that meant 37.2% as I said to Andrew on our latest podcast. Anyway, final score prediction was an eight point loss 27-19. Considering the Browns were down 27-17 in the first half, maybe they were on to something… for one half. Of course, the Browns went on to lose 41-17.

On with the rest of the results. Nobody was right about QB sacks. Weeden was sacked 0 times, although he did take two official QB hits.

The four people who predicted zero sacks were prescient. The Browns had a lot of difficulty getting pressure on Eli Manning today.

Brandon Weeden threw two interceptions including a real gut-puncher in the second quarter.

The Browns got one, but I wouldn’t complain if you wanted to put an asterisk on the INT as Usama Young intercepted a pass where it appeared Sheldon Brown got away with interference. I mean, I’ll take it as a fan, but if I’m looking at the play unbiased…

The Browns had three touchdowns (one of which might have been in garbage time?) and could have had four if not for that pesky rule indicating you can only throw one forward pass per play. Stupid regular referees calling games accurately!

Five TDs given up by the Browns. Two set up by really bad turnovers between the Weeden throw and the Cribbs cough-up on the ensuing kickoff.

Trent Richardson had 81 yards rushing and the team finished with 84 total. Many Browns fans will be critical of the number of carries for Richardson. I’d like to see more too, but when you wet the bed to end the first half to trail 27-17… forget it. They should still just pump Richardson more, I think.

Hooo boy. The Browns gave up a lot. 243, with 200 to Bradshaw and a memorable 40 yard run to Wilson as the Browns appeared to be completely over the game.

259 yards for Manning on this day, but there were three touchdowns, including some serious work (and dancing) by Victor Cruz, who made Browns DBs look silly.

Weeden threw for 291, which is where most Browns fans had them. Too bad about those interceptions, though. Yardage is only meaningful without TOs and with victories.

I don’t even know what the answer is to this for sure, but I’ll just say 2nd quarter. When the Browns got toasted after two straight turnovers, I think it’s safe to say they stopped it from being competitive. There were opportunities to get back into it and only be down a score, but I don’t know if that’s enough.

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