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Browns Show Heart, Put up 51 Points in Win Over Cincy

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The Browns showed more heart and soul on Sunday than many thought they ever had.  Coming in heavy underdogs vs their interstate rival the Bengals, the Browns used a monster day on offense from QB Derek Anderson and RB Jamal Lewis in a rather stunning 51-45 win at Browns Stadium.  On the other hand, if the Bengals think they are going to win the AFC North in 2007, they had better find 11 guys to play defense.  Sunday’s performance was legendary, and for all the wrong reasons.  The Browns scored just 7 points last week in a 34-7 loss to the Steelers, but on this Sunday put on an offensive showcase much like an old AFL team.

Cleveland put up 554 yards of offense, 226 rushing, 328 passing.  They had 23 first downs, were 7-of-13 on third downs, and averaged 8.8 yards per play.  The bottom line – the Bengals defense failed to show up.  Maybe looking ahead to a showdown with the Seahawks next week in Seattle, or resting on their 27-20 win last week over the Ravens, Cincy started believing their own hype.  It’s what did them in Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. Braylon Edwards had two TD’s, and a big game with 146 yards receiving.  “I’m excited about this win,” said Edwards. “For the first time in a long time I’m excited to go home and watch our highlights.”

Carson Palmer should be mad at his defense, as they wasted one of his best days ever.  He broke a Bengals team record with 6 touchdown passes, and went 33-for-50 for 401 yards and two interceptions as well.  His counterpart, Browns starter Derek Anderson, went 20-for-33 for 32 yards and five Td’s and one interception.  As the two teams kept trading scores, it became evident that the Browns defense was going to be able to make that one stop at the end.  While the Bengals D was all about giving up big play after big play.

Just ask Jamal Lewis, who ran for a whopping 215 yards on 28 carries, a 7.7 average.  He pulled off a 66-yard run for a score, and when the Browns needed a big run, Lewis was pretty much there in the second half to give it to him.  “What can you say,” asked defensive end Justin Smith. “It was mental errors. It was ridiculous. On this level you can’t just let guys run free down the field. That’s what it was. You have to be in the right place and today showed why. Guys are too big, too strong and too fast.”

The Browns will look to move to 2-1 next weekend, as they take the long road to Oakland to take on the 0-2 Raiders at 4:15PM next Sunday.


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