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

Browns Fall Flat In Jacksonville; Fall to 0-6 Jaguars 24-6

Cleveland Browns v Jacksonville Jaguars

A week after a 21-point win over the rivals, the Browns laid a huge egg on Sunday, losing to the formerly winless Jacksonville Jaguars 24-6 to fall to 3-3 on the season.

The Browns offense was terrible, with Brian Hoyer having his worst day of the year, going 16 of 41 for 215 yards, throwing a late pick which sealed the win for Jacksonville after they went up 17-6.

The running game was weak as well for the Browns, as they ran 30 times for 69 yards, including 36 by Ben Tate.

The run defense continues to be an issue for the Browns, as the Jags ran for 185 yards on 35 carries, with Denard Robinson running for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown.

The loss hurt in so many ways, as the Browns not only lost to a team without a win, but couldn’t take advantage of three Blake Bortles picks.

Leading 6-0, the Browns went for it on a fourth down deep in Jags territory, and failed, turning the tide totally. The Jags hit a could big pass plays, and scored on a passing TD from Bortles to fellow rookie Allen Robinson for a 31-yard score to take a 7-6 lead at the half.

The second half was a complete disaster for the Browns, as they couldn’t get anything going on offense, and eventually the Jags offense was able to put the game away after Jordan Poyer fumbled a punt deep in Browns territory.

The Browns will play the Raiders at home next Sunday at 4:25pm.