By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor
Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Chargers at Cleveland Browns Stadium:
What I liked…
>>Trent Richardson’s extra effort on his 26-yard touchdown run for the game’s first score. He powered through and slipped past tacklers, and then got a friendly little shove from offensive guard Shawn Lauvao for clear sailing to the end zone. Richardson generally has run with considerable authority. Here’s a bulletin: He’s feeling better from the rib injury that caused him to be listed as questionable for the game.
>>The Browns scoring first and not playing out of a hole for a change. We know how things usually go for the Browns when they have to chase points … not well.
>>The defense playing a solid game, especially against the run. The Browns’ defense has been mostly stout and physical against the Chargers’ run-oriented offense. The unit also has done a nice job of pressuring Philip Rivers.
>>Billy Winn’s excellent reaction to Ryan Matthews’ fumble, pouncing on the ball and controlling it enough to be credited with a recovery before sliding out of bounds.
>>Pat Shurmur going for it on fourth-and-one from the Chargers’ 28 on the Browns’ scoring drive. It was easy to like because Brandon Weeden converted it on a quarterback sneak, but the decision to do so at home in the right spot on the field was the right one regardless of the outcome.
>>Shurmur’s successful challenge of a six-yard Chargers pass from Rivers to Robert Meachem.
What I didn’t like …
>>The Browns’ punting, although the whipping winds make pretty much anything in the kicking game an adventure.
>>The Browns getting a few penalties (including another on special teams) that should have been avoided.
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