Sunday, September 13, 2009

Browns Lose to Vikings

The Cleveland Browns lost to the Vikings today which is by no means a surprise. What I was pleased about was that with the exception of the third quarter, the Browns were actually competitive. That's the only criteria I have for this season is that they don't embarrass themselves, but are actually competitive. I don't expect alot of wins.

Importantly, the touchdown drought ended, granted it was in "garbage time", but a td is a td. We couldn't have gotten that last year. I think Brady Quinn did okay. Not sure what happened on the interception he had, but clearly it was a miscommunication/misread by either Brady or Braylon Edwards. The fumble was a boneheaded move as it would have been an awkward, weak throw even if he could have maintained his grip on the ball. Even subtracting those plays though, I was not overwhelmed by Brady's play. It'll be interesting to see how he progresses now that he's the QB.

Jamal doesn't have any speed anymore, but he is a punishing running back. It's clear he likes to hit. James Davis seemed to be a tad bit overwhelmed and was generally ineffective before getting hurt.

I thought the defense, particularly in the first half, did well. The worry I had was could they maintain it for the whole 60 minutes, and clearly they couldn't. Adrian Peterson had 155 yards in the second half alone. In general though the Browns D actually tackled for the most part. The lack of tackling last year drove me nuts. Poor tackling wasn't completely eliminated, but it was a big improvement.

Prior to the game, I was hoping that Vikes would only win by a score of 27-10. It ended up 34-20, which was more competitive than I thought it would be. And that's what I like to see.

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