In most games a couple plays can mean the difference between a win and a loss for both teams. The day after we will review such plays that led to either a Browns’ win or loss, hopefully more wins then losses. We will look how it could of effected the rest of the game and who great of an impact said play had.
Touchdown Pass to Jordan Cameron
While any touchdown can be a turning point in any game, this one was for a specific reason. On this play QB Brian Hoyer threw a 50/50 ball to Cameron who pulled it in for a touchdown. These type of throws haven’t been seen in Cleveland for awhile. Most QBs haven’t had the talent to throw the ball accurately and the guts to make the throw.
Impact: The Browns end the 1st quarter with the lead that they never gave up. Andy Dalton then was playing from behind and pressuring.
Effect: High. The Bengals needed to catch up and the pressure seemed to build on the team from this point on. You could watch the frustration build with Dalton and AJ Green. The team still attempted to run some, but showed no confidence in the run game except for going for it on
Desmond Bryant Stops Green Ellis on 4th Down
The Bengals were down 7-3 with a little less then 5 minutes to go in the half. They had driven down to the 7 yard line and on 4th and 1 they chose to go for it. Against a stout (some would say dominate) run defense they tried to run it up the middle. Desmond Bryant shot the gap and stopped BJGE 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage.
Impact: The Bengals were deflated by this play. An easy FG here would put the game within 1 point. The pressure rose on the team as they would of went in with a 1 point deficit at the half and they would get the ball after the half.
Effect: Medium-High – Those 3, or 7 points, were important as was the momentum. The Browns defense stepped up to a huge challenge from what was/is considered a possible Super Bowl contender.
Dalton’s 4th Quarter Interception
With about 5 minutes left in the game, Dalton threw to a covered Tyler Eifert. The play was broken up by ILB veteran D’Qwell Jackson and the ball bounced to Buster Skrine.
Impact: The Browns take over at the 32. While the Browns go backwards on their possession they punt the Bengals inside the 10 yard line. During the Browns possession the Bengals used their last 2 timeouts.
Effect: Medium-Low: The Bengals were down 11, the final score, but if they could of driven and kept their timeouts could of had a chance to make a comeback. If they score, they go for 2 to be down by 3. If they don’t get it they are down by 5 instead of 4, no difference. While these are not likely, the way the Bengals played, Browns fans have seen those types of losses take place a number of times.
What plays do you think were big for this game?