The Morning After is our weekly recap of the Browns game from the day prior. For the first two weeks we could of re-title this Mourning After, but not the last 2 weeks. The Browns continued to play well against the run on defense, showed life on offense and took the will away from the defending AFC North champ Bengals.
In a surprise to many, following the Bengals defeating the Green Bay Packers last week, the Cleveland Browns defeated the Bengals in Cleveland today. The Browns limited the Bengals defensively and made just enough plays on offense to pull out the victory. The Browns were without 2 of their pass rushers, injured Jabaal Sheard and Quentin Groves, but put pressure on Andy Dalton, keeping him from hitting any down the field throws with only 2 receptions over 20 yards all game.
The Browns were led offensively by the 3 stars from last week: Brian Hoyer, Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon. Hoyer’s offense struggled in the middle of the game but after a touchdown on their second drive of the game. Two missed field goals, 1 blocked, kept the game close throughout. Kicker Billy Cundiff was able to hit on a 51 yard field goal in the third quarter.
Hoyer got his offense moving in the fourth quarter leading the team on a 12 play 91 yard touchdown drive, including solid running by Willis McGahee. A 1 yard touchdown pass to FB Chris Ogbonnaya with a little less then 5 minutes left to play created the needed space, and final score. The Bengals were unable to answer as veteran leader D’Qwell Jackson broke up a pass to Tyler Eifert that Buster Skrine picked off.
Following a Ravens loss the Browns are in a 3 way tie with the Ravens and Bengals for first in the AFC North. The Steelers are 0-4!
Factory Player (For the Browns’ Star Player of the Game)
Joe Haden - Haden was tasked with shadowing All World WR AJ Green around the field. Not only did he, along with the rest of the secondary, hold Green to only 51 yards and catching only 7 of the 15 targets thrown his way, but they flustered him. Green seemed to give up on balls, cut routes short and overall not give a full effort due to the strong play of Haden.
Sadness Player (For the Browns’ Player who Made Fans Sad)
Billy Cundiff - While 1 of his FGs was blocked and the other just missed, the injured Cundiff cost the team 6 points. If not for the drive at the end of the game by Hoyer the Browns faithful would of seen Cundiff as the goat and possibly run him out of town. On a win this big its hard to be to sad today though. Cundiff may be replaced if his injury doesn’t heal quickly before Thursday’s game.
Later today and early tomorrow we will continue our wrap up of Week 3 and then start to spin it ahead to Week 5, a Thursday night game against the Buffalo Bills.