The Voice of the Fan was happy to see the Cleveland Browns be a tough out today, but their same issues still lead them to lose.
For the entire first quarter both teams couldn’t move the ball offensively. So, in turn it was a game of punts. As a result, it was hard to tell which offense was the most inept.
The Browns’ play calling on the Browns was very unimaginative to say the least. They were trying to run but without much success! The second quarter was going the same way as Isaiah Crowell fumbled inside Browns territory on Cleveland’s 31.
Two pass plays later the Giants scored on a pass from Eli Manning to Dwayne Harris to give them a 7-0 lead. Cleveland then stalled right after yet again and punted. However Bobby Rainey muffed it and the Browns recovered.
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On third and goal from the two, everyone was covered on an attempted pass. So, Parkey kicked a 20-yarder to decrease the Giants’ lead to 7-3. Once this happened, the immediate thought of “here we go again, field goals instead of touchdowns” passed my mind!
It took the Giants just three plays and a 33 yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr to score right before half time. New York’s offense was starting to come alive while Cleveland’s remained anemic. Not to mention their offensive line is down right pathetic. As was the case in other games, the receivers could not create separation from the Giants’ corners.
There was more offense in the final two minutes of the half than in the first half to that point.
The Browns drove the field but yet another field goal was the result. Bad call by the refs on Terrelle Pryor in the end zone ultimately led to Cleveland’s second field goal. The Giants led 14-6 at the half.
Following the start of the second half, both teams punted and the Browns started to turn their punt returns into an adventure. They missed played them and lost precious yardage.
However, something miraculous happened: Neither team scored or even moved the ball much in the third quarter. The Browns defense picked their level of play up, but the offense remained stagnant. Josh McCown was off and on with his passes quite a bit all day.
Do the Browns have a quarterback that doesn’t hold the ball too long? Evidently not! Alvin Bailey replaced John Greco after Jonathan Hankins beat him badly and McCown’s pass was intercepted by Jason Pierre Paul and returned for a touchdown!
Despite the touchdown, the Giants missed the extra point, but they increased their lead to 20-6.
The Browns did score a touchdown on a 21-yard pass to Corey Coleman, but they still had work to do.
Giants moved to the Browns’ six mainly on a 41-yard pass to Beckham being covered loosely by Joe Haden. Following the play, Beckham scored a touchdown from 6 yards out. The Browns are back to normal as the Giants went up 27-13.
The Browns gave it a college try but the large lack of talent on their team reared its ugly head yet again. The effort is there but the chronic mistakes just keep coming!Danny Shelton and Briean Boddy-Calhoun played well! I suspect we’ll see either Cody Kessler or Robert Griffin III next week.
McCown was hurting at games end. He fumbled at the end along with his other turnovers. He should sit unless it’s a last resort!