Final thoughts from Browns-Bears

Posted by Vic Carucci on August 31, 2012 – 3:27 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some final thoughts on the Browns’ 28-20 preseason loss against the Bears at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

>>Very little to take away from this game, good or bad. And when you’re talking about a fourth preseason game, there is usually more bad than good. The primary mission was to get through it as healthy as possible. For the most part, the Browns did, although rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson did sustain an injured oblique (coach Pat Shurmur said x-rays were negative) and quarterback Thad Lewis suffered a sprained thumb.

>>Colt McCoy had his worst showing of the preseason in a brief appearance as the starting quarterback while Brandon Weeden was given the night off. But I wouldn’t read anything into it. He was working mostly with backups. His larger body of work through the first three preseason games was strong enough for him to secure the No. 2 spot.

>>Adonis Thomas showed excellent second effort on his 64-yard run. First, he ran into the back of Brad Smelley, who was entangled with a defender in the hole. Then, he bounced the play outside and showed his tremendous speed in the open field. Thomas put an exclamation point on the drive by soaring into the air over the pile at the goal line for a touchdown. The undrafted free agent might not make the final roster, but he left a favorable impression.

>>Give Seneca Wallace credit for moving the offense well late in the first half. By throwing and running, he deftly managed the two-minute drill in allowing the Browns to drive to his touchdown throw to Rod Windsor just before halftime.

>>After entering the game as the third quarterback, Thad Lewis was hardly spectacular. But he didn’t seem to do any harm to the notion that he is going to end up as one of the Browns’ backups.

>>Rough night for special teams, with a second blocked punt in as many preseason games and Travis Benjamin’s fumble to kill a long punt return.

>>Brandon Jackson ran with a tremendous sense of purpose late in the half to help set up Wallace’s scoring throw. Jackson continues to make a good case to be the Browns’ No. 2 back behind Trent Richardson.

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Game Recap: Bears 28, Browns 20

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 2:33 am

CLEVELAND — A second half surge of defensive and special teams scores paced the Chicago Bears to a 28-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 preseason finale Thursday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Browns kicker Phil Dawson capped off an eight-play, 31-yard drive when he converted a 42-yard field goal and drew the team to within one possession of the Bears at 28-20 with 4:58 remaining in regulation.

Browns rookie running back Adonis Thomas had the biggest play of the scoring drive and punctuated it with a one-yard leap over the pile at the goal line for a touchdown, which made the score 28-17 in favor of the Bears with 10:09 left in the fourth quarter.

Thomas had 64 of the 84 yards of the scoring drive on one play. On first-and-10 from the Browns’ 16-yard line, Thomas took the handoff from quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and ran left. After bouncing off fullback Brad Smelley, Thomas reversed field to the right sideline and gained 64 yards.

A special teams touchdown and defensive score allowed the Bears to build their lead over the Browns to 28-10 after three quarters of play.

Second-year Bears linebacker Patrick Trahan blocked a Reggie Hodges punt and wide receiver Brittan Golden returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

The score made it a 28-10 Bears lead over the Browns with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Bears rookie cornerback Greg McCoy returned an interception of Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis 15 yards for a touchdown and extended his team’s lead to 21-10 with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter.

McCoy caught the ball on a ricochet along the sideline. Lewis’ pass was intended for rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon and was tipped into the air near the wideout. Gordon turned to make a play on the ball, but it bounced off his heel and into McCoy’s hands.

The play was originally ruled an incomplete pass, but was overturned on a replay review.

Browns kicker Phil Dawson drew the team to within four points of the Bears at 14-10 when he capped off a five-play, 24-yard drive with a 39-yard field goal at the 11:19 mark of the third quarter.

The scoring drive was set up by a turnover, as defensive back Tashaun Gipson caught an interception off of Bears quarterback Josh McCown and stopped their first drive of the second half. It was the Browns’ seventh interception of the preseason. They were tied for the league lead with six interceptions heading into the game.

A late second-quarter touchdown pass drew the Browns to within seven points, 14-7, of the Bears after the first half.

Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rod Windsor and the extra point from Dawson made it a 14-7 Bears lead with 41 seconds left before halftime.

Wallace play-faked a handoff to running back Brandon Jackson, who’s punishing carries between and outside of the tackles served as a catalyst for the eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive, and found Windsor open along the back line of the end zone.

Earlier in the game, McCown’s 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Armando Allen extended the Bears’ lead to 14-0 over the Browns with 4:19 remaining in the first half.

The five-play, 44-yard drive took 2:14 off the clock and had a defensive penalty for pass interference on a deep pass attempt.

The Bears turned a Browns turnover into a touchdown and took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter of play.

One play after safety Jeremy Jones intercepted Colt McCoy’s pass intended for wide receiver Jordan Norwood, McCown found second-year wideout Dane Sanzenbacher for a 30-yard touchdown.

After the touchdown and point-after, the Bears took a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 6:15 remaining in the first quarter.

The officials reviewed the play and upheld the call on the field of a touchdown. Sanzenbacher looked like he had dropped the ball, but his arms were under the football and never let it touch the ground. After somersaulting in the end zone, Sanzenbacher maintained possession of the ball and the score.

On their opening drive of the game, the Bears drove down to Cleveland’s 17-yard line, but kicker Robbie Gould pulled a 35-yard field goal attempt wide left and the 2012 preseason finale remained scoreless with 7:49 left in the first quarter.

Chicago’s drive started on its own 31-yard line after the defense forced a three-and-out from the Browns on the opening possession of the game.

Game Recap is presented by Giant Eagle, the Official Supermarket of the Cleveland Browns.


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Dawson hits from 42

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 2:22 am

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson capped off an eight-play, 31-yard drive when he converted a 42-yard field goal and drew the team to within one possession of the Chicago Bears at 28-20 with 4:58 remaining in regulation of Thursday’s preseason finale at Cleveland Browns Stadium.


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Thomas scores touchdown

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 2:07 am

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns rookie running back Adonis Thomas had the biggest play of the scoring drive and punctuated it with a one-yard leap over the pile at the goal line for a touchdown, which made the score 28-17 in favor of the Chicago Bears with 10:09 remaining in the fourth quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Thomas had 64 of the 84 yards of the scoring drive on one play. On first-and-10 from the Browns’ 16-yard line, Thomas took the handoff from quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and ran left. After bouncing off fullback Brad Smelley, Thomas reversed field to the right sideline and gained 64 yards.


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Browns trail after three quarters

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 1:53 am

CLEVELAND — A special teams touchdown and defensive score allowed the Chicago Bears to build their lead over the Cleveland Browns to 28-10 after three quarters of play in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Second-year Bears linebacker Patrick Trahan blocked a Reggie Hodges punt and wide receiver Brittan Golden returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

The score made it a 28-10 Bears lead over the Browns with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter.

Bears rookie cornerback Greg McCoy returned an interception of Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis 15 yards for a touchdown and extended his team’s lead to 21-10 with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter.

McCoy caught the ball on a ricochet along the sideline. Lewis’ pass was intended for rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon and was tipped into the air near the wideout. Gordon turned to make a play on the ball, but it bounced off his heel and into McCoy’s hands.

The play was originally ruled an incomplete pass, but was overturned on a replay review.

Browns kicker Phil Dawson drew the team to within four points of the Bears at 14-10 when he capped off a five-play, 24-yard drive with a 39-yard field goal at the 11:19 mark of the third quarter.

The scoring drive was set up by a turnover, as defensive back Tashaun Gipson caught an interception off of Bears quarterback Josh McCown and stopped their first drive of the second half. It was the Browns’ seventh interception of the preseason. They were tied for the league lead with six interceptions heading into the game.

A late second-quarter touchdown pass drew the Browns to within seven points, 14-7, of the Bears after the first half.

Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rod Windsor and the extra point from Dawson made it a 14-7 Bears lead with 41 seconds left before halftime.

Wallace play-faked a handoff to running back Brandon Jackson, who’s punishing carries between and outside of the tackles served as a catalyst for the eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive, and found Windsor open along the back line of the end zone.

Earlier in the game, McCown’s 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Armando Allen extended the Bears’ lead to 14-0 over the Browns with 4:19 remaining in the first half.

The five-play, 44-yard drive took 2:14 off the clock and had a defensive penalty for pass interference on a deep pass attempt.

The Bears turned a Browns turnover into a touchdown and took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter of play.

One play after safety Jeremy Jones intercepted Colt McCoy’s pass intended for wide receiver Jordan Norwood, McCown found second-year wideout Dane Sanzenbacher for a 30-yard touchdown.

After the touchdown and point-after, the Bears took a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 6:15 remaining in the first quarter.

The officials reviewed the play and upheld the call on the field of a touchdown. Sanzenbacher looked like he had dropped the ball, but his arms were under the football and never let it touch the ground. After somersaulting in the end zone, Sanzenbacher maintained possession of the ball and the score.

On their opening drive of the game, the Bears drove down to Cleveland’s 17-yard line, but kicker Robbie Gould pulled a 35-yard field goal attempt wide left and the 2012 preseason finale remained scoreless with 7:49 left in the first quarter.

Chicago’s drive started on its own 31-yard line after the defense forced a three-and-out from the Browns on the opening possession of the game.


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Bears block punt, score TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 1:49 am

CLEVELAND — Second-year Chicago Bears linebacker Patrick Trahan blocked a Reggie Hodges punt and wide receiver Brittan Golden returned it 22 yards for a touchdown.

The score made it a 28-10 Bears lead over the Cleveland Browns with 3:20 remaining in the third quarter of play in Thursday night’s preseason finale at Cleveland Browns Stadium.


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Greg McCoy scores TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 1:41 am

CLEVELAND — Chicago Bears rookie cornerback Greg McCoy returned an interception of Cleveland Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis 15 yards for a touchdown and extended his team’s lead to 21-10 with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter of play in Thursday’s preseason finale from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

McCoy caught the ball on a ricochet along the sideline. Lewis’ pass was intended for rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon and was tipped into the air near the wideout. Gordon turned to make a play on the ball, but it bounced off his heel and into McCoy’s hands.

The play was originally ruled an incomplete pass, but was overturned on a replay review.


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Dawson converts FG attempt

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 1:21 am

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson drew the team to within four points of the Chicago Bears at 14-10 when he capped off a five-play, 24-yard drive with a 39-yard field goal at the 11:19 mark of the third quarter of Thursday’s preseason finale at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The scoring drive was set up by a turnover, as defensive back Tashaun Gipson caught an interception off of Bears quarterback Josh McCown and stopped their first drive of the second half. It was the Browns’ seventh interception of the preseason. They were tied for the league lead with six interceptions heading into the game.


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Bears lead at halftime

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 12:59 am

CLEVELAND — A late second-quarter touchdown pass drew the Cleveland Browns to within seven points, 14-7, of the Chicago Bears after the first half of the 2012 preseason finale from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rod Windsor and the extra point from kicker Phil Dawson made it a 14-7 Bears lead with 41 seconds left before halftime.

Wallace play-faked a handoff to running back Brandon Jackson, who’s punishing carries between and outside of the tackles served as a catalyst for the eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive, and found Windsor open along the back line of the end zone.

Chicago quarterback Josh McCown’s 11-yard touchdown pass to running back Armando Allen extended the Bears’ lead to 14-0 over the Browns with 4:19 remaining in the first half.

The five-play, 44-yard drive took 2:14 off the clock and had a defensive penalty for pass interference on a deep pass attempt.

The Bears turned a Browns turnover into a touchdown and took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter of play.

One play after safety Jeremy Jones intercepted Colt McCoy’s pass intended for wide receiver Jordan Norwood, McCown found second-year wideout Dane Sanzenbacher for a 30-yard touchdown.

After the touchdown and point-after, the Bears took a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 6:15 remaining in the first quarter.

The officials reviewed the play and upheld the call on the field of a touchdown. Sanzenbacher looked like he had dropped the ball, but his arms were under the football and never let it touch the ground. After somersaulting in the end zone, Sanzenbacher maintained possession of the ball and the score.

On their opening drive of the game, the Bears drove down to Cleveland’s 17-yard line, but kicker Robbie Gould pulled a 35-yard field goal attempt wide left and the 2012 preseason finale remained scoreless with 7:49 left in the first quarter.

Chicago’s drive started on its own 31-yard line after the defense forced a three-and-out from the Browns on the opening possession of the game.


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Wallace tosses TD pass

Posted by Matt Florjancic on August 31, 2012 – 12:48 am

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rod Windsor and the extra point from kicker Phil Dawson drew the team to within seven points of the Chicago Bears at 14-7 with 41 seconds remaining in the first half of play in the 2012 preseason finale at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Wallace play-faked a handoff to running back Brandon Jackson, who’s punishing carries between and outside of the tackles served as a catalyst for the eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive, and found Windsor open along the back line of the end zone.


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