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Browns Offense Can’t Help Inspired Defense in 10-6 Loss to Colts

The Browns fortunes were going so good on Sunday, that even the Indianapolis Colts was unable to find the end zone. Problem is, their defense did. And with that, the Browns lost another tough game at home, falling 10-6 to a Colts team that had everything to play for, while the Browns simply wanted to get a win for their coach and the fans.

The turning point and final nail came in the fourth quarter when the Browns, leading 6-3, had the ball on their own 45-yard line on a 3rd-and-8. Derek Anderson, who was mistake free at that point, went back to pass when the Colts pressure got to him, and when Dwight Freeney hit him, the ball came free, and Robert Mathis picked it up and went streaking 37 yards for the only TD of the day.

Anderson was 16-for-26 for 110 yards, and while he didn’t throw a TD or pick, the fumble that resulted in the Colts only score was the play that people will remember about this lackluster affair. The team came in wanting to run the ball, and Jamal Lewis did that, rushing for 77 yards on 24 carries.

Anderson was hurt with just over a minute left, as the helmet of Kevin Shaffer hit his knee on a rush by the Colts, and Ken Dorsey came in the last drive, but was unable to lead the team as his first two passes were incomplete, and the third on 4th-and-20 was intercepted to end the last Browns threat.

Peyton Manning was 15-for-21 for 125 yards with two picks, those coming on back to back plays at the end of the first half and his first throw of the third quarter. Joseph Addai ran 15 times for 57 yards. For once, the Browns defense cannot be blamed for this loss, as the team did a very honorable job playing hard all day. It was a game that in the end the Colts probably didn’t deserve to win, but with the way the Browns have been known to give up games in 2008, it was only fitting.

The Browns have the task of going on the road to take on the one-loss Tennessee Titans.

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8 Responses to “Browns Offense Can’t Help Inspired Defense in 10-6 Loss to Colts”

  1. Clayton says:

    It is time that us season ticket holders speak up and force the ownership to listen. Those of us who have bled brown for years, who have spent thousands of hard earned dollars, who cheer every game no matter what, who buy merchandise for our kids, who stick up for the browns in a sports store when somebody looks at us weird when we ask for a browns toque, who really really care. The game today was actually well played by the browns for the most part. But for the most part doesn’t count in major sports. You have to win. The browns can’t win for many reasons too long to list here. Shaun Rogers deserves a medal. Phil Dawson despite the one miss today deserves a ribbon. The coaching staff deserve respect for very tough jobs but nothing more because their performance has been unenviable. Why did Crennel not challenge that ruling in the 4th quarter on the pass at the sideline??? The replay looked like a catch and then a fumble out of bounds. Maybe not – but try for god sake!!! I guarantee that Dungy would have challenged that call. If succesful the browns would have kept the ball and the drive. You have to take chances in this game. If you never try you never win. I wouldn’t have cared if we challenged and lost – desperate times call for every opportunity to be taken. For those who booed and jeered when Anderson left the field injured, shame on you. The proper response is to hope he’s okay – not because we want him (we don’t) but because we are sports fans and don’t wish players to get injured. Brady Quinn is our future, not Anderson. I hope he has a great career somewhere else. Same for Crennel – bring in someone who will demand better – someone like Cowher or even Shottenheimer. This season is not the fault of Romeo but the buck stops there like it or not. And Savage has to be fired too. Any GM who publicly chastises the coach sarcastically needs to be shown the door – remember football is not like some other sports – the GM talks once a year at draft time and then shuts up. That’s the way it is, period. This organization is rich in history and too special to waste on internal bickering. Randy – listen – this is not an ultimatum because I love the browns and always will – but some things you love have to go when you get nothing back. I don’t care if the team never wins again this year, but I want you to step up now and announce some changes. Don’t wait. Show us you’re serious about this team. Show us you’re a fan and not just the owner. Show us cleveland counts. Show us that 2009 will be committed to winning regardless of price. If you do the fans will follow in their hearts and their wallets. Go browns. You know what would be great – to beat the titans and go down this year swinging and saying we beat arguably the two best teams in the league – nyc and tenessee. Just my two cents. Cheers

  2. That Guy says:

    I couldn’t believe the fans were booing Anderson as he was helped off the field. That was simply disgusting.
    As for the staff I’d hate to see Romeo go, but I don’t see anyone really getting behind the team unless it happens.

  3. xbrownsfan says:

    Booing anderson is being polite. He’s too busy counting his $$ to think about football. Savage has put players on the team with the potential to be a 10-6, 11-5 team. These guys show up, jog thru the game , go home and watch somebody wash and wax their hummers. Romeo is supposed to motivate the talent. Ain’t happening. No ones tackling, no ones catching. Jamal and Josh Thanks for acting like you care. The rest of you guys should get day jobs.

  4. Dan B. says:

    xbrownsfan, that has to be one of the most ignorant things that I have ever heard. To boo player when they have been injured is as low as one can go.

    People have the right to be upset about the performance of the team, but to boo/cheer someone getting hurt, come on. Let’s not lower ourselves to the level of Philly fans and cheer people getting hurt.

    I agree with the comments on the coach and front office. The Browns have the best fans anywhere. They deserve a team, coach and front office that gives as much as they recieve from their fans.

    Get a coach who has some passion, fire and common sense, RAC has none of these qualities.

  5. xbrownsfan says:

    hey dan b., I never said anything about cheering an injury, however DA’s performance this year, especially in light of the big contract, deserves to be booed by the fans. Maybe he’ll do better next year in Detroit.

  6. xbrownsfan says:

    Hey, I made the 4 hour drive to watch the MNF game vs. the Giants and thought for a minute these guys do give a #@*# and maybe can save this season after all.. but alas, the real browns have showed up the rest of the season and if they’re lucky may finish the season with a better record than the bengals. Maybe beating the Giants gave the “players” a false sense of accomplishment. Turns out they beat NY on the worst game Eli & company will play this year and it took Super Hero efforts on the entire browns team to win. I guess even a blind squirrel gets lucky and finds a nut once in a while. But it does prove the team can play well when they feel like bad they don’t feel like it very often..

  7. Dan B. says:

    xbrownsfan, my bad, I misunderstood what you said. I never felt DA was “the guy”. I don’t blame him for the Browns being stupid and giving him that contract. I would not have said no. They blew their opportunity to get any kind of trade value for him now that he has played up to his true potential and with him getting hurt. Not sure even Detroit would take him with Millen gone. They did show how they can play with the Giants, but when your coach is more worried about being your friend than your coach, and has no fire or emotion or common sense, they play as they are coached. That is too bad, maybe if they played like their fans support them they would be in the Superbowl!

  8. xbrownsfan says:

    Ya know,,,I really think the Browns have a core of players that can win…when you look at what Bill B does in Boston with the Pats.he gets those guys to play so far over their heads it’s unbelievable.,,,While Charlie and Romeo have both flopped on their own and the Pats are still playing great even without Brady and thy’re using a QB who never had any srious start time since high school. Just shows what a real coach can get out of his players.. Another example is the Steelers…Look what’s happened to the Chargers after Marty left… Coaching people…what’s it going to take to bring in a guy to kick some butt and have this Browns team play to or over their potential. RC ain’t the guy….Bill C and Marty S are out there…

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