The Cleveland Browns went into Cincinnati with a chip on their shoulders Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately, the Browns couldn’t muster enough to come back and beat the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton and the Bengals defeated the Browns 34-27. This game was a prime example of how crucial special teams play is.
On the first punt return opportunity, Adam Jones made the Browns pay, returning it to the house for 81 yards. It did not help that Cleveland special teamers missed seven tackles on the return. The irony was that the Browns would end up needing a special teams play of their own at the end of the game. They came up short. Throughout the game, the Browns were always playing from behind.
After a great week of practice and motivated by bulletin board material given by Rey Maualuga, Trent Richardson played as advertised. He was the player the Browns knew they were getting when they drafted him. Final numbers for Richardson were awesome as he finished with 19 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown. He also had four catches for 36 yards and a receiving touchdown.
Brandon Weeden shook off his 5.1 QB rating of last week and posted a Cleveland Browns rookie QB record with 26 completions for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Once Weeden got in rhythm, he was throwing some serious darts through the Bengals’ defense. His QB rating was an incredible 114.9.
On a day where the offense shined, the Browns’ defense just couldn’t get stops when needed. It was obvious that Joe Haden was sorely missed. The secondary was torched by Dalton for 318 yards and three touchdowns. Although there are no moral victories in the NFL, the Browns looked like an actual team today and definitely have something to build on. The Buffalo Bills come to Cleveland next.