The Cleveland Browns went through some rough patches in the early going against the Detroit Lions on Friday night and could never really get it going despite a great offensive attack from some key players.
Evan Moore and Armond Smith were the men of the hour for Cleveland as each player took it upon themselves to make a different against Detroit’s top ranked defense.
Moore was on the receiving end of two Colt McCoy touchdown passes in the first half as he filled in as the starting tight end in Ben Watson’s absence. The second of his touchdown grabs was a beautiful reception along the sideline of the endzone that eventually had to be challenged in order to be ruled a Cleveland score.
Armond Smith had the longest play from scrimmage for the Browns and set the tone early in the second half for Mark Whipple’s offense. Smith took a handoff from Seneca Wallace and outran everyone on the Lions defense for an 81-yard rushing touchdown. However, Smith would later fumble two times and cost Cleveland some crucial points.
Colt McCoy continued to show that he is the quarterback of the future as his three touchdown passes in the first-half set a career high. McCoy finished the game going 10-18 for 96 yards and three touchdown passes.
What is more surprising for the Browns is that their offensive success has come despite an absolute onslaught of injuries over the past few weeks.
The Browns played Friday night’s game without the services of Ben Watson, Eric Steinbach, Peyton Hillis, Mohamed Massaqoui and Carlton Mitchell. Evan Moore also left the game early with a slight injury, but his status is still unknown.
Cleveland’s next game will come against the Philadelphia Eagles.