NFL Week 12 Capsule – Browns at Falcons

CLEVELAND BROWNS (6-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (4-6)

SERIES

BROWNS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 10-3
STREAKS 2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Pettine: 0-0 Smith: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 23-7 vs. Texans W 19-17 at Panthers
LAST GAME 10/10/10: Falcons 20 at Browns 10. Atlanta WR Roddy White has 5 receptions for 101 yards, including 45-yard TD. Falcons RB Michael Turner rushes 19 times for 140 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/12/06: Browns 17, Falcons 13. Cleveland RB Reuben Droughns rushes for 54 yards & TD. Browns TE Kellen Winslow has 90 receiving yards & WR Braylon Edwards adds TD reception.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 84 (Cle.), 134 (Atl.). XM: 228 (Atl.).

STATS

PASSING Hoyer: 181-325-2542-11-5-86.0 Ryan: 249-381-2793 (2C)-17-8-93.2
RUSHING West (R): 112-408-3.6-3
  1. Jackson: 128-467-3.6-4
RECEIVING Hawkins: 45-601-13.4-2
  1. Jones: 67 (T2C)-912-13.6-3
OFFENSE 356.1 367.3
TAKE/GIVE +8 (T2C) +3
DEFENSE 372.3 403.4
SACKS Kruger: 6 Umenyiora: 2.5
INTs Gipson: 6 (1L) Ishmael: 3 (T3C)
PUNTING Lanning: 43.8 Bosher: 44.8
KICKING Cundiff: 70 (22/22 PAT; 16/20 FG)
  1. Bryant: 74 (26/26 PAT; 16/18 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Have won 2 of past 3 on road…In 13 starts with Cle., QB BRIAN HOYER is 9-4 with 3,157 pass yards & 16 TDs vs. 8 INTs. Is 3-0 vs. NFC with Browns, passing for 825 yards & 6 TDs…Rookie RB ISAIAH CROWELL (undrafted) had 91 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 30 receiving) in 1st career start last week. Has 5 rush TDs, tied for most among NFL rookies. RB TERRANCE WEST (Round 3, No. 94 overall) ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 408 rush yards…WR ANDREW HAWKINS had 6 catches for 97 yards, incl. 32-yard TD, vs. Texans. Leads team with career-high 601 receiving yards this season. In 2 career starts vs. Atl. (with Cowboys), WR MILES AUSTIN has 13 catches for 247 yards (19.0 avg.) & 2 TDs…Browns lead AFC with 14 INTs…CB JOE HADEN had 1st INT of season vs. Texans last week. Since 2013, S TASHAUN GIPSON leads all NFL players with 11 INTs…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN won only start vs. Cle. Is 17-9 (.654) in career vs. AFC with 44 TDs & 15 INTs. Is 38-11 (.776) at Georgia Dome with 80 TDs, 30 INTs & 98.1 rating. When he starts & has 100+ rating, team is 36-3 (.923)…RB STEVEN JACKSON rushed for 128 yards vs. Cle. on 11/13/11 (with StL)…WR JULIO JONES has 35 catches for 466 yards (93.2 per game) & TD in past 5 vs. AFC. In past 6 at Georgia Dome, has 45 catches for 734 yards (122.3 per game) & 3 TDs. In 2 meetings, WR RODDY WHITE has 10 catches for 200 yards (100 per game) & TD. In past 3 vs. AFC, has 24 catches for 285 yards (95 per game) & TD. Has TD in 3 of past 4 & aims for 3rd in row with TD. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 97 tackles. Had sack last week. DE KROY BIERMANN had 31-yard INT-TD in last meeting. DE OSI UMENYIORA has 4 sacks in past 6 vs. AFC. S KEMAL ISHMAEL aims for 3rd in row with INT. Is 2nd on team with 55 tackles. CB DESMOND TRUFANT is 2nd on team with 10 PD, his 2nd consecutive season with 10+ PD. Had INT last week, 1st of season & 3rd of career.

Backfield Blowout: Browns Release Veteran RB Ben Tate

It was a move that you could have felt coming following the loss to the Texans on Sunday.

Today the Browns waived RB Ben Tate, sending their biggest offseason pickup packing just 10 games into his first season with the team.

“With all the transactions we make while constructing our roster, it will always be our intent to do what is best for our football team,” said GM Ray Farmer said in a statement.

“This move is no different and we wish Ben the best going forward.”

Tate started six of the eight games he appeared in this season. He rushed for 333 yards with four touchdowns and added nine receptions for 60 yards.

His displeasure with the team was evident last week when he was asked and didn’t hold back on the fact he claimed he would be “lying” to say that he was satisfied with his limited workload.

The starting job this last week went to rookie back Isiah Crowell, and in the 23-7 loss he had just two carries for negative two yards.

NFL Lines for Week 12 – Browns Underdogs vs the Falcons

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Browns Beat Black (and Blue) in 23-7 Setback To Texans

Houston Texans v Cleveland Browns

For the last 11 days the Browns have been on top of the world of the AFC North. In a matter of three hours at home on Sunday, it all fell apart.

The Browns offense fell flat against an aggressive Texans defense, and possibly an even more aggressive Texans offense outplayed the Browns D in a 23-7 loss that puts the team at 6-4 on the year.

The loss, combined with the Bengals win over the Saints, drops the Browns in a three-way tie for second in the AFC North for the time being. The 6-4 Steelers play in Tennessee Monday night.

This loss was stinging for so many reasons. They were playing a QB making his first start, a backup rookie RB, and a defense that flustered Brian Hoyer into 30 incomplete passes.

“We had a good opportunity to come out here, and we let it slip through our hands,” Hoyer said. “Give a lot of credit to their team, their coaching staff. We were just outplayed. We hurt ourselves on offense a few times.”

Hoyer threw for 330 yards and a TD and a pick, but was hurried often by the combo of J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing, and took two sacks and even fell down dropping back to pass twice.

“I can’t put my finger on it,” WR Andrew Hawkins said. “We will look at the film and try to be able to diagnose it a little better. It just wasn’t our day. That’s the best way I can put it.”

The huge letdown didn’t help when Texans rookie back Alfred Blue put up record setting numbers, rushing for 156 yards, and looking about as good if not better than injured back Arian Foster.

Tied at seven in the second quarter, the Browns were driving for what could have been the go-ahead score, when Isaiah Crowell was hit and fumbled, and the Texans recovered.

Texans QB Ryan Mallet quickly drove the offense downfield, and hit TE Garrett Graham from 20 yards out to give Houston a 14-7 lead.

The second half was a disaster for the Browns, who at one point ran 18 plays and had amassed 18 yards.

Houston put the game away with three field goals, and a pick late to seal the win and put them at 5-5 on the year.

“They came out here and played a better game than us. They out played us in all phases of the game,” CB Joe Haden said.

The Browns are in Atlanta next Sunday to play the 4-6 Falcons.

Video: Buster Skrine talks big win over Bengals

Browns cornerback Buster Skrine joins Damon Amendolara on the “Doug Gottlieb Show” to discuss the Browns big win over the Bengals Thursday night.

Browns Fan Uses Disney “Frozen” Song to Sing Praises of 5-3 Club

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Cleveland Browns

The Browns are 5-3, and fans are signing their praises – literally! Fan Emily Bzdafka started signing, using one of the more popular Disney songs right now “For the First Time in Forever,” in Disney’s “Frozen,” to create a new Browns song – Enjoy!

Lyrics & Concept by Jon Sladek
Vocals & Performance by Emily Bzdafka

Buccaneers vs Browns NFL Week 9 Inactives

Buccaneers: RB Doug Martin, CB Brandon Dixon, LB Brandon Magee, OG Kadeem Edwards, T Anthony Collins, RB Charles Sims (only six because Bucs have 52 on the roster).

Browns: TE Jordan Cameron, DL Phil Taylor, DB Pierre Desir, OL Vinston Painter, DB Robert Nelson, RB Glenn Winston, WR Rodney Smith

Raiders at Browns NFL Week 8 Inactives

Raiders: QB Matt McGloin, WR Vincent Brown, CB Keith McGill, LB Bojay Filimoeatu, G Tony Bergstrom, T Matt McCants, TE D. Ausberry

Browns: WR Rodney Smith, DB Pierre Desir, RB Glenn Winston, DB Robert Nelson, OL Vinston Painter, DL Billy Winn, DL Phil Taylor