In Terms of Success – Browns Rank 23rd in Terms of Greatest NFL Franchises in New Article

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Mike Freeman, Lead NFL National Reporter for Bleacher Report, has written a long piece which talks about each and every NFL franchise, and their success.

There’s a number of factors involved, including Super Bowl, Conference and division titles. The Browns didn’t get much love on the list, as according to Freeman, they are coming in at 23.

Here’s what Freeman has to say about the Browns:

“Leave as little to chance as possible. Preparation is the key to success.” —Paul Brown

This is a weird position to put the Browns. Their history is almost divided into two: pre-merger and post-merger. From 1946 through 1955, the Browns appeared in 10 consecutive AFL or NFL championship games, winning seven. They won one more championships in 1964 and they produced maybe the greatest coach of all time in Paul Brown and definitely the greatest football player ever in Jim Brown.

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Browns at Redskins NFL Week Four Capsule

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-3) AT WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-2)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

BROWNS REDSKINS
SERIES LEADER 33-11-1  
STREAKS   6 of last 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Hue Jackson: 0-0 Jay Gruden: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 30-24 (OT) at Miami W 29-27 at New York Giants
LAST GAME 12/16/12: Washington 38 at Cleveland 21. Washington QB Kirk Cousins throws for 329 yards & 2 TDs. Redskins RB Alfred Morris rushes for 87 yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/19/08: Washington 14, Cleveland 11. Washington RB Clinton Portis rushes for 175 yards & TD. Redskins QB Jason Campbell passes for 164 yards & TD.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Stacy Dales (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 146 (Cle), 134 (Was). XM: 384 (Cle), 227 (Was).

STATS

PASSING Cody Kessler (R): 21-33-244-0-0-85.9 Kirk Cousins: 79-124-989-3-3-86.4
RUSHING Isaiah Crowell: 45-274 (T2L)-6.1-2 Matt Jones: 37-150-4.1-1
RECEIVING Terrelle Pryor: 14-244-17.4-0 Jordan Reed (TE): 16-190-11.9-0
OFFENSE 368.3 406.3
TAKE/GIVE +1 +1
DEFENSE 403.7 424.7
SACKS 3 tied: 1 Trent Murphy: 3
INTs Joe Haden: 2 (T3L) 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Britton Colquitt: 46.7 Tress Way: 38.6
KICKING Cody Parkey: 10 (1/1 PAT; 3/6 FG) Dustin Hopkins: 38 (1L) (5/5 PAT; 11/11 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER made 1st career start last week & passed for 244 yards…RB ISAIAH CROWELL is tied for 2nd in NFL with 274 rush yards. Had career-long 85-yard TD run in Week 2 & recorded max speed of 21.97 MPH. Has 5 rush TDs in past 7. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 380 scrimmage yards (76 per game) in past 5 vs. NFC…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons. Has started all 147 games in career…WR TERRELLE PRYOR had 8 catches for 144 yards, 21 rush yards (incl. TD) & 35 pass yards last week. Is 1st player in NFL history with 140+ rec. yards, 20+ rush yards & 30+ pass yards in game. TE GARY BARNIDGE has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC. Has 9 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for 4th most by NFL TE…Since 2010, CBs JOE HADEN (95) & TRAMON WILLIAMS (92) are top 2 in NFL in PD…REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 296 yards & 2 TDs last week. Threw for 329 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 of past 7. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 300+ pass yards…RB MATT JONES aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rush yards…WR JAMISON CROWDER had 78 rec. yards & TD last week. WR PIERRE GARCON had 6 receptions for 65 yards in last meeting. WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 5 receptions for 96 yards, incl. 44-yard TD in Week 3. Has 29 career TDs of 40+ yards, most among active players. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100+ rec. yards. TE JORDAN REED has 4 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC…DE CHRIS BAKER had sack & FF last week. LB TRENT MURPHY has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2. CB JOSH NORMAN had INT in only meeting (12/21/14 with Car). CB QUINTON DUNBAR had INT last week. S DAVID BRUTON had INT in last meeting (10/18/15 with Den). Rookie S SU’A CRAVENS had 1st career INT in Week 3.

Browns Put Up a Fight; Fall in OT to the Dolphins 30-24

Cleveland Browns v Miami Dolphins

Jay Ajayi got a second chance, and so did the Miami Dolphins.

They made the most of both.

Ajayi scored on an 11-yard run with 8:26 left in overtime, and the Dolphins escaped with a 30-24 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday — the first victory for first-year head coach Adam Gase.

“We come out here in our first game and showcase to our home fans what we’re about, and offensively we’re out there flopping it around,” said Gase, who was in no celebratory mood afterward. “It irritated me a little bit.”

Ajayi’s game-winner came one play after Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill found a wide-open Jarvis Landry for a 32-yard gain, as the Dolphins (1-2) avoided what would be their first 0-3 start since 2011.

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Browns at Dolphins NFL Week Three Inactives

Browns

QB Josh McCown, WR Corey Coleman, DB Joe Haden, DB Ibraheim Campbell, OL Shon Coleman, OL Cameron Erving, DL Carl Nassib

Dolphins

WR Justin Hunter, DB Jordan Lucas, RB Arian Foster, LB Spencer Paysinger, C Mike Pouncey, G Dallas Thomas, DL Terrence Fede

Browns Rookie WR Corey Coleman Breaks Hand in Practice

Corey Coleman

The Browns suffered another huge blow Wednesday when first-round pick Corey Coleman broke a hand in practice, a league source told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

He was injured when he caught a pass and someone came down on the hand. Practice is only open to the media for the first 20 minutes and it happened after that.

It’s not yet known which hand was injured or its severity. The Browns declined to confirm the report. He underwent X-rays after practice, which confirmed the break.

Coleman, the No. 15 overall pick out of Baylor, is coming off a breakout game in which he caught he caught two touchdown passes and totaled 104 yards on five receptions.

Browns Can’t Hold Early Lead; Fall to Ravens 25-20

Browns Ravens

The Ravens were in a huge hole and about to be buried.

Joe Flacco dug them out.

Flacco threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Mike Wallace and Baltimore, sparked by returning a blocked extra point, rallied from 20 down and beat the Cleveland Browns 25-20 on Sunday.

Justin Tucker kicked three field goals — the last with 2:56 left — and the Ravens (2-0), who were down by nearly three touchdowns less than 10 minutes into the game, withstood Cleveland’s final drive to improve to 15-2 against the Browns under coach John Harbaugh.

In his second game back after undergoing knee surgery that ended his 2015 season, Flacco again showed why he’s one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks and one of the game’s most unflappable leaders.

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Ravens vs Browns NFL Week 2 Inactives

Ravens

  • CB Jerraud Powers, RB Kenneth Dixon, CB Will Davis, RB Javorius Allen, OLB Elvis Dumervil, G/C John Urschel, DT Willie Henry

Browns

  • DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun, DB Marcus Burley, LB Scooby Wright III, OL Shon Coleman, WR Jordan Payton, DL John Hughes III, DL Gabe Wright.

Browns Beat Up by Eagles; Fall in Season Opener 29-10 in Philadelphia

Cleveland Browns v Philadelphia Eagles

In their first game of the NFL regular season, the Cleveland Browns fell short against the rookie QB Carson Wentz led Philadelphia Eagles with the final score of 29-10.

The game started off rough for the Cleveland defense as Wentz led a 75 yard drive that was capped off with a 19 yard touchdown pass to WR Jordan Matthews to get the early lead 7-0. Wentz looked impressive in his first drive going four for five completions and 47 yards. The Browns defense looked like a young team as there were missed tackles and miscommunication in the first drive.

Robert Griffin III and the Browns offense did the exact opposite of what the Eagles offense did as they couldn’t do anything in the first half. The front four of the Eagles defensive line is highly respected around the league and you could see why as they were putting pressure on RGIII and not letting any of the Browns running backs produce any big gains.

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