Whew…We tried to find a way to lose this game to a good team. But we worked it out. And the best part is that the Cowboys were humiliated by the Rams. Let’s hope that will stave off some of the Cowboy morons from stopping by and spewing their crap (polite Cowboys fans welcome as always).
Anyway, the way we played, we deserved to win by more. Without the Portis fumble at the end and we’re taking a knee with a convincing victory. I’m not going to get on Portis. That was a great play to pop the ball out, and he had 175 yards. How could I get after a guy who ran for 175 yards? Overall, we outgained them 351-256 and had just shy of 200 yards rushing. A great display by Portis (who showed incredible balance and broke some tackles) and the offensive line which was opening more holes than a proctologist.
London Fletcher and Chris Horton were both monsters on defense and Carlos Rogers made some great hits. His coverage was great until near the end. It is hard to blame him since we all know Braylon Edwards is a great reveiver who is just going to get a few plays along the way. The defense played great team ball today as evidenced by these tackle numbers– Fletcher 12, Horton 9, McIntosh 8, Washington 8, Landry 7, Golston 6. That is seriously spreading the wealth.
The real difference between the teams was QB play. Even with Derek Anderson heating up a bit at the end, he was still only 14 for 37 compared to Campbell’s 14 for 23. Campbell made some good passes for key first downs but seldom took any shots down field. He looked a little inaccurate today with some footwork issues. But when push came to shove, Campbell made the plays when last year’s pro bowl darling did not.
Some of you are going to complain that the offense has been sputtering a bit, but the Browns defense is very good. We had some serious field position problems that were not helped by a couple of bad holding penalties. By the second half we sorted out the field position and had two great drives. And before the ball was punched out from behind, it looked like we were about to have a 3rd. For now, I’ll say I hope we can sort it out against the Lions, but we do need to get a little more downfield passing game. We just looked a bit out of synch, but we can synch it back up.
Overall, we should be pleased. We came out healthy, we’re 5-2, and the problems on offense are correctable. Let’s hope we can get a big win against Detroit like last year and go into our big Monday night game against Pittsburgh at 6-2. Hail Skins!