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Welcome to the latest edition of Xs and Os with the Bros by Xs and Os editor @rodofdisaster. This feature represents a basic attempt to dive deeper into the game of football, learn something about the X’s and O’s that make it go, and better appreciate the games within the game. It’s called Xs and Os with the Bros because you don’t have to be a player, coach, or rocket surgeon to get something out of taking a closer look at a football play, so please enjoy the post and the discussion in the comments.
This week Rod takes a look at what went wrong on Brandon Weeden’s back-breaking third quarter interception last Thursday in Baltimore.
“If you’re going to make a mistake, you’re going to have to make it ahead of him out of bounds” -Mike Mayock
Situation: 3rd Quarter; 0:27 left. The Browns have just run a failed end-around to Travis Benjamin
Down & Distance: 3rd & 5 from the Ravens’ 43
Score: Ravens 16, Browns 10
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