In the first meeting in week two, like most of their contests, the Browns were in the game and lost by just seven points. Cleveland matched Cincinnati pretty evenly and played hard in another moral loss. Soon to be 29 year old rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 320 yards, 2 touchdowns, and did not throw a pick. Beastly rookie running back Trent Richardson ran for 109 yards, scored 2 touchdowns, and showed why he was the number three overall pick. Cleveland even racked up more total yardage then Cincinnati winning that battle 439-375.
So what’s it going to take for the brown and orange to get the monkey off their back this weekend? The answer is aerial defense. Second year quarterback Andy Dalton loves to sling the football. The Browns must find a way to stop him. Rising star cornerback Joe Haden is back from suspension and will be hungry to make an impact. Haden will be matched up against sensational sophomore AJ Green in the Battle of Ohio: Part II. If Haden can lock down Green and his half of the field, the Dawg Pound will be celebrating late afternoon Sunday.
In five learn-as-you-go games, Weeden has thrown for almost 1,300 yards and 5 touchdowns. The downside, because of poor rookie decision making, he has thrown 9 interceptions. Against the well oiled machine New York Giants, Weeden came 9 yards shy of his third 300 yard game of the season. Some of his throws were precisely placed while others were not. If Weeden can eliminate his crucial moment in the game interceptions, he is going to win football games. The point is, the game is slowing down for the first year quarterback and the time is now to win a football game. He torched the Bengals secondary four weeks ago, he can do it again this week.
The look on Richardson’s face at the end of each game says it all. It’s a look of disappointment and disgust. The football the Browns are playing as whole is unacceptable! For the good guys, it’s time to get mad, light a fire under someone, have some pride in yourself and this city, and go get revenge. Enough is enough.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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