If you had told me this morning that Cleveland Browns rookie QB Colt McCoy would attempt 16 passes and the Browns would defeat the reigning World Champion New Orleans Saints 30-17, I would have said you were nuts. But that is exactly what happened and all I can say is WOW!
The Cleveland Browns were outgained 394 yards to 210. The Saints had double the amount of first downs, 25 compared to the Browns 12 but the turnovers are what did the New Orleans Saints in at home this afternoon. The Browns sealed the game off with a LB David Bowens 64 yard interception return with 3 minutes left in the game to go up 30-10, his second interception of the game of Saints QB Drew Brees returned for a touchdown.
Colt McCoy earned his second career start, and despite only throwing for 74 yards, he did not commit a turnover and in my mind has earned the starting job under center until he proves otherwise for the Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Browns have now beat the reigning Super Bowl Champion for the third straight year in a row and have become the 7th team in NFL history to do that. Of all the other teams to accomplish that feat, the Browns do have the worst overall record at 11-28 during that period of time.
The game ball for today’s game was given to LB Scott Fujita, who played for the New Orleans Saints last season. Fujita was involved with relaying pre-snap adjustments and substitutions the Saints made during the game this afternoon.