After a stellar 2 games so far in the preseason, against the Rams and the Lions, the Browns fell flat in “the most important game of the preseason”, game #3. Their first away game was not pretty as Indianapolis Colts dominated in most areas, especially on the scoreboard. If this was the regular season Browns fans would be pretty happy with a 2-1 start with 2 really well played games and 1 the opposite. In fact this pattern might be one we should expect this season from a relatively young squad with a new coaching staff. This could lead to an 8-8 type season, a huge stepping stone compared to the woeful past. In as much we review parts of the game with that two sided team in mind.
- On the one hand: The Browns defense gave up passing yards all over the field, especially to Reggie Wayne. There was only 1 pass over 20 yards, with that pass happening with backups in. Wayne caught 7 balls for 79 yards in just over a half.
- On the other hand: The Browns defense, playing without 1st Rounder Barkevious Mingo and lineman Desmond Bryant, still got some pressure on the QB.
- On the one hand: The Browns offense showed little progress including little progress from QB Brandon Weeden.
- On the other hand: The Browns had bad field position most of the night making it difficult to get anything started.
- On the one hand: Josh Gordon seemed highly disinterested throughout the night including using alligator arms on a 3rd down pass in the 3rd quarter that would of led to a first down.
- On the other hand: Gordon is prepping for his 2 game suspension and that may have created some disinterest, so he should be able to turn it on when he gets back from suspension.
- On the one hand: In both of the first 2 games the Browns looked great in both offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
- On the other hand: The Lions and Rams were not showing many things that would be seen in the regular season, when the Colts unveiled regular season formations the Browns struggled.
- On the one hand: The Browns only got 1 sack the whole game.
- On the other hand: Pressure was evident, especially from free agent pickup Paul Kruger, and was the cause of a second quarter interception.
Did last night cause signficant concerns for you? Was it a sign of the Colts’ greatness or the Browns’ struggling? What were your takeaways from the game?
The Browns finish up the postseason against Chicago this Thursday before opening up against the Miami Dolphins on September 8th. According to Razorgator, tickets are available for as low as $50 for the home opener so now might be the time to grab some tickets and cheer on the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium for the first regular season game of the 2013 year.