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Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by akutozo, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. akutozo

    akutozo Baby, I'm a Brown.

    Apr 17, 2015
    CIN @ CLE


    3 things we learned:

    1. Ignore the numbers. Andy Dalton was on fire. After 2 first quarter interceptions to breakout rookie Ibraheim Ayers, Dalton ran a clinic on the Cleveland defense using short throws and a consistently balanced running attack to chew the clock. Cleveland took away the long pass and Dalton took a death by a thousand cuts approach for which the Browns had no answer. The Ginger doesn't surrender.
    2. 38 year old Drew Brees is still one one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but he never challenged the Bengals downfield. The Bengals coverage was excellent, but there was more than once he seemed gun shy from letting it fly and took an easy 4 to 5 yard gain. This Browns team is better than last year, but if they can't stretch the field what was the point of drafting LeAndre Harper?
    3. This was a game that was decided in the 4th quarter. Lesean McCoy let this team down with a costly cough up on 3rd and 10 with 1:30 left on the clock. With only 6 incompletions all game, 4 incompletions in a row led to the Bengals getting the ball back with 1:20 left on the books and sealing the Browns fate. Credit the Bengals secondary with taking away some key players, but the blame falls on the Browns offense for not connecting when it counts.

    The Bengals will face the Browns again in W5.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015
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