First-half thoughts from Browns-Cowboys

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 18, 2012 – 7:34 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

ARLINGTON, Texas – Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium:

What I liked…

>>The dominance of the Browns’ defensive line. The first pairing of the season of healthy tackles Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor has made the huge difference it was expected to make.

>>But it isn’t simply the middle of the Browns’ defensive line that is performing well. The entire unit is playing at a high level, getting steady pressure on Tony Romo and stuffing the run.

>>It’s amazing that the Browns have done such a good job on defense despite the absence of left cornerback Joe Haden, who was scratched just before kickoff because of an oblique injury he suffered in practice during the week.

>>The Browns are staying persistent with the run, which has been fairly effective against a banged-up Cowboys defensive front.

>>A very healthy representation of Browns fans in the stands. They are making noise and can be easily heard over what has been a fairly quiet home crowd that has had little to cheer about.

What I didn’t like …

>>The offense getting a pair of field goals instead of touchdowns. The Browns must cash in in the red zone.

>>Back-to-back penalties on Buster Skrine, whom the Cowboys are attacking with their passing game, late in the half. Skrine had been holding his own in place of injured Joe Haden at left cornerback. Unfortunately for the Browns, now he is getting called for holding.

>>Two other defensive penalties, on Taylor and Sheldon Brown, that seemed unnecessary, given the overall success the Browns have been having on defense.

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