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Anderson’s 4 Picks Kills Browns in 19-14 Loss to Bengals

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Many who want to see Brady Quinn play quarterback for the Browns next season will have a lot of strength behind their case after Sunday’s outing by Derek Anderson and the teams stunning 19-14 setback to the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.  A win and the Browns were in, and now, they will have to wait another week to try and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003.  The Bengals built a 19-0 lead at the half and then held off a furious Cleveland rally.  The loss drops the Browns to 9-6.

The Browns was hurt all day by the poor play of Anderson, who threw a season high four interceptions, two of which came on back to back plays that led to two Bengals TD’s late in the first half.  A third pick came in the end zone when he tried to foce the ball in to tight end Kellen Winslow midway through the third quarter.  The fourth also came in Bengals territory, though didn’t hurt them all that much as Carson Palmer threw a pick on the next play and the Browns eventually scored to make it 19-14.

Cleveland outgained the Bengals 248 yards to 66 in the second half, but allowed Cincy to run down the clock and get some key third downs on their final offensive drive, that should have put the game away before Kenny Watson fumbled and Cleveland recovered.  They took over with 1:48 left, and traveled down to the Bengals 29 before a final incomplete pass with :01 second left intended for Winslow ended the game.

Cincinnati was led by a running attack that didn’t have Rudi Johnson and killed the Browns all day.  They used Watson to grind out 130 yards on 30 carries, and overall on the day the team gained 155 yards on 33 carries averaging 4.7 yards per carry.  The wind was such that throwing was available, but not easy to do.  Palmer went 11-for-21 for 115 yards and one TD and two INT’s.  Anderson was 29-for-48 for 250 yards with two TD’s and four picks.

The loss hurts the Browns in a few ways.  It clinches the AFC North to the Steelers, meaning they will play a home game in the playoffs January 5th or 6th against likely Jacksonville as the #5 seed.  It also leaves the door open for the Titans to sneak in and knock the Browns out all together based on some situations that will have to happen next week.  For the Bengals, it’s their sweetest win of what has been a tough 2007.  The Browns will host the 49’ers next Sunday in a game that is now a must win.

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3 Responses to “Anderson’s 4 Picks Kills Browns in 19-14 Loss to Bengals”

  1. Dan says:

    Personally I would like to see Quinn now. Anderson does have the strong arm but I think Quinn has the brains. I would rather have a smart QB than a strong one with no smarts. Anderson just misses way to many short passes. He throws behind the receiver constantly. I haven’t heard anything about Quinn having a weak arm either.
    There are some other things that need fixed also. Holding on to the ball when it hits you in the hands or numbers is a must. Braylon has been dropping 2 passes a game in his hands on average. Don’t get me wrong. Edwards deserves to be in the Pro Bowl. He’s an awesome receiver. But he needs to hold onto the ball a little better. Thats what I liked about Gary Collins, Dave Logan and Brian Brennan. If the ball was there, they didn’t drop it. Winslow has some of the best hands around also.
    I know I have payed attention to the illegal procedure and offensive line holding penalties, and Shaffer has more of those 2 penalties himself than Steinbach and Thomas have combined. If you’re a lineman you need to remember the count.
    The jury is still out on Todd Grantham. I think we have a better defense than it appears. I’m not sure he’s using some of the guys right. We need more pressure on the opposing QB. Why don’t we blitz more than once or twice a game?
    We need to get Lewis resigned. We need to get an extension for Winslow. I would trade Anderson for a 1st and 3rd round draft pick. We need defensive linemen. Desperately!!
    Keep your fingers crossed. We’re not out of it yet. Tennessee plays Indianapolis next week. We need a win against SF. Go Browns !!!


  2. Joe Volk says:

    D.A. is not the QB so-called TV and radio analysts portend. The reason so many KII and B.E. catches make the highlight reel is because D.A.’s innacuracy forces fantastic grabs. Combine that with his tendancy to fold when it counts and he’s way overrated. I just hope B.Q. looks good enough in camp to take the job from him next year. But, yeah, I’d like to see the Brown’s trade him for some D.

  3. Dan says:

    Exactly Joe … I’ve been saying since week one that Anderson was a fluke having a lucky year. I have never seen a QB miss so many short dump offs to the backs and short slants over the middle. He constantly throws behind the receiver and tries to force the ball in. Trade him and get a 1st and 3rd round draft pick. We need some defensive linemen.

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