After a convincing 30-7 victory against the emotional Kansas City Chiefs, the Cleveland Browns have now put together a three game winning streak. Cleveland continued their hard hitting style of play with sound defense and efficient offense. The Browns are now 5-8 on the season.
The brown and orange defense continued their assault on opposing quarterbacks, sacking Chiefs’ signal caller Brady Quinn five times. Add an interception by rookie safety Tashaun Gipson on a tip drill and the Browns defense had another solid day. Staying consistent with their physical play, the defense knocked Chiefs’ star receiver Dwayne Bowe out of the game in the first half and hurt running back Jamaal Charles enough to slow him down in the second half. The most fascinating stat that the Cleveland defense put up was getting stops when it mattered the most. The Chiefs were 1/11 on third down conversions.
Sometimes it’s not always about putting up big numbers. This was the case for Trent Richardson. Although he only had 42 yards rushing on 18 carries, TRich scored two touchdowns when the Browns needed to punch it in. The first round draft pick now has nine rushing touchdowns on the year. Richardson’s “I hit you first” mentality continues to give the Browns’ blue collar offense an identity.
Cleveland may have found something in the one-two punch combination of Richardson and Montario Hardesty. Spelling Richardson, Hardesty picked up 52 yards on only 10 carries. The three year veteran consistently hit the hole hard and averaged 5.2 yards a carry in today’s contest.
Things are really starting to click for the two young receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little. Together, they caught 12 passes for 155 yards. Gordon and Little accounted for 44% of the Cleveland offense and that was very refreshing to see.
In another “team” performance, the Browns played smart, physical, and with a lot of heart today. Cleveland hosts the Washington Redskins next. Great win today Browns!
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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