Cleveland Browns’ Turnovers Lead To Drubbing by St. Louis Rams

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Oct 25, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Chris Kirksey (58) tackles St. Louis Rams running back Todd Gurley (30) during the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Rapid Reaction: 2nd Half

Things could not have unraveled more for the Browns than they did in the 2nd half. After bottling up Todd Gurley most of the 1st half, the rookie busted loose for a 48- yarder in the third quarter and would add two rushing touchdowns in the half. Nick Foles also connected with Kenny Britt for a big 41-yard pass play that set up Gurley’s first score. Keep in mind, this was the worst statistical offense in the NFL coming into this game in  total yards and total points.

The Browns propensity to commit dumb penalties and turnovers at the worst time haunted them yet again in St. Louis. Gurley’s second touchdown came after Travis Benjamin fumbled, giving the Rams the ball for the third time. On the play immediately before, K’Wuan Williams holding penalty on 3rd down gifted the Rams a 1st down, which they used to run Gurley off the right side for his second rushing touchdown.  There was a series in the third quarter where a false start and a holding penalty on consecutive plays forced the Browns into a 1st and 25. If it weren’t for Gary Barnidge‘s leaping self tip, the Browns would have gone three and out. You cannot win games when you beat yourself.

Poor Josh McCown. Say what you will, but at least McCown has been a positive for most of the season and has actually been very productive with limited weapons at his disposal. But he got hurt today after taking some serious shots from the Rams front line and was strip sacked twice, the last one effectively knocking him out of the game. When you go 26-32 for 270 yards, you deserve better. But both of his fumbles came from poor protection, not from McCown being careless.

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