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Awful on Offense; Browns Fall to 5-8 After 13-6 Loss in Buffalo

After escaping with wins the past two weeks with Jake Delhomme at QB, the Browns Sunday showed why the veteran QB is simply a stop gap. And not a very good one at that.

The Browns offense didn’t cross midfield in five second-half possessions, they managed nine first downs and 187 total yards as the team fell to 5-8 on the season with a deflating 13-6 loss to the formerly two-win Buffalo Bills.

And let’s not forget the turnovers. The Browns fumbled five times, losing two, while Delhomme’s interception at midfield with under 4 minutes left turned out to be their final possession in a game that easily could have went the other way.

Buffalo scored their 13 points on a Ryan Fitzpatrick 11-yard touchdown pass to David Nelson, and two Rian Lindell field goals, both from 19 yards out when Bills drives stalled near the goal-line.

About the Browns only offense, as usual it seems, was running back Peyton Hillis, who had 108 yards rushing. But, as good as Hillis has been, he was up to his worst trait – fumbling, as he put the ball on the ground three times Sunday, losing one.

Delhomme was awful, going just 12-for-20 in tough conditions, throwing for 86 yards, suffering the late pick. He was sacked once. Bills QB Fitzpatrick finished 14 of 23 for 142 yards as the Bills overcame the loss of receiver Lee Evans, who hurt his ankle in the second quarter and didn’t return. Fred Jackson ran for 112 yards.

Fitzpatrick was efficient in engineering the Bills lone touchdown drive, capped by a perfectly placed over-the-shoulder 11-yard pass to Nelson that put Buffalo ahead 7-3 early into the second quarter. The score capped a 14-play, 89-yard drive that lasted 8:14.

The Browns offense was outgained 323 to 187, and Buffalo ran for 192 yards, holding the Browns to 105 on the day. Buffalo also dominated in TOP, holding the ball for 36:10 to just 23:50 for the Browns.

Close games continue to be a downfall for the Browns in 2010, as they are now 3-6 in game decided by a touchdown or less. Next week they are in Cincinnati to play the 2-11 Bengals.



  1. Dan Taylor

    December 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Goodbye Mangini, Daboll and Delhomme. You all suck and your services are needed elsewhere. How can Daboll get away with such a piss poor game of play calling? How can Mangini get away with not over seeing the game any better than he did? How can Delhomme be such a poor QB and keep his starting job? I am now questioning Holmgren’s ability to run this team, after letting the entire coaching staff bungle this one. Where was Ryans defensive prowess too? So many things wrong with this game. I am furious. I want to see all 3 members of the Browns listed in the opening sentence, standing in the unemployment line immedeiately. How in the hell can you 3 butcher such a promising game? Holmgren needs to tend to this matter right away.

  2. Dan B.

    December 13, 2010 at 3:20 am

    If Delhomme is our best chance at winning, we will go winless the rest of the year. How they justified Delhomme starting over Wallace is beyond me. Wallace’s stats were better than Delhomme’s when mcCoy went down and the offense seemed to respond to him where as the team seems to have no confidence in Delhomme. He needs to sit, Daboll needs to go and Mangini needs to pull his head out.

    Holmgren may want to think about a new OC, Daboll can not continue to fall apart in the second half of games. If I can figure out that the ball is either going to Hillis or Watson than anyone can! I understand the lack of talent on the team, but the coaching staff needs to take responsibility for their lack of imagination, poor choices in who to play and lead this team, and their lack adjustments during games.

    There may be a lack of talent on the team, but by not involving the younger and less experienced players, they are not going to get any better. Mangini has the team headed in the right direction, but if the Browns are to grow he needs to do so as well as a coach, if his staff is not getting the job done, than make changes!

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