Found September 15, 2013 on Football and Futbol:
To expect a win against the reigning NFL Champions in their hometown, the week after they were absolutely embarrassed by the Denver Broncos, is a bold expectation on its own. Add in the fact that the Cleveland Browns haven’t beaten the Baltimore Ravens since George Bush was president and the odds of a win are less likely than being struck by lightning. Improvements were noticeable on both sides of the ball, at least in certain parts of the game, but here are five reasons why the Browns dropped their second straight.   1. Poor Penalties The Browns registered just five penalties in the game. Three of them were slightly embarrassing (all delay of games), and another could have been even worse if the ending result wasn’t the first of two missed field goals by Raven’s kicker Justin Tucker. Overall, a much cleaner performance than last week’s debacle, which was full of false starts and holding penalties, committed by the players who make up the second reason for today’s loss. 2. Offensive Line Woes For the second straight week the offensive line struggled, giving up five sacks, just one short of last week’s six. The slight improvement the line displayed today showed in Brandon Weeden’s stat line, as he completed 63 percent of his passes (much better than last week’s 48 percent). Another reason for Weeden’s improved stat line was better receiver play, which brings me to reason number three.   3. Shaky Receiving Sure, the receivers played better than they did last week as no footballs bounced off their hands leading to interceptions, but four more passes were dropped today. On one play, Chris Ogbonnaya ran underneath and slipped past the defense. He had the entire field in front of him with not a defender in sight. He could have sat down and enjoyed a pleasant picnic on the cool green grass of Baltimore before a defender caught up to him. Instead the football bounced right off his hands, bringing up a long third down (which was made even longer by a delay of game) that saw a pass broken up towards Greg Little, who was targeted a game high twelve times, yet only caught four passes. Seeing all these passes flopping around like fish out of water makes you wonder why the ball isn’t snuggled safely in Trent Richardson’s arms, which carries me to reason number four.   4. Not Enough Trent Richardson At first glance, Trent’s stat line shows an ineffective game (18 carries, 58 yards), but he also caught five passes and consistently made Raven’s tacklers miss. Next week, the running game will improve as will the passing game, making third down situations more friendly, as the fifth reason may show.   5. Third Down Play Similar to last week, the Browns third down defense was mediocre, allowing 8 of the 16 Raven’s third downs to be converted. This kept the Raven’s on the field and tired out the defense, which could be why the Raven’s put up fourteen in the second half. After halftime, Joe Flacco went 7 for 8 for 87 yards on third down, getting six first downs in the process. The Browns showed minor improvement, converting four chances instead of one, but they still have a lot of work to do. Next week’s matchup will showcase two of the league’s winless teams as the Browns head out to battle the MInnesota Vikings. Hopefully the thumb injury that made Weeden miss the last series of the game won’t keep him out of this one, as his favorite target Josh Gordon returns from a two game suspension. Expect a better Brown’s offense and the same solid defense in what I predict to be the first win under new coach Rob Chudzinski.
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