Browns consistent at giving best effort

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 6, 2012 – 3:40 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Ben – Yup, very proud of the Browns. Not that many wins, but they have been in every game this year. That’s a step in the right direction.

It is, Ben.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say they are emerging as a team that other teams are likely less than enthusiastic about facing. The Browns have been pretty consistent at giving every opponent their best for the full game.

It starts with a defense that keeps the opposition out of the end zone, hits exceptionally hard, and makes big plays.

It continues with a running back, Trent Richardson, who has scored eight touchdowns and is on pace for 1,000 yards, and a passing attack that is steadily finding its game-breaking groove, and mostly sound and reliable special teams.

The Browns aren’t playing as a club that has lost twice as many games as it has won. They’re playing as one that has won four of its last seven games and three of its last five.

They’re playing with a sense of momentum, and not merely because they’ve won their last two games but also because of how well they’ve competed in previous outings – even losses, such as the one in overtime at Dallas.

Mark – Golden opportunity to make it three in a row against the Chiefs. Keep it going Browns!!

Agreed, Mark.

There is no denying that things have set up nicely, with a 2-10 opponent coming to Cleveland Browns Stadium Sunday.

But the Browns cannot, under any circumstances, afford to treat it as a given. They must avoid the sort of mistakes, such as red-zone interceptions, that helped keep them from generating more points in last Sunday’s win at Oakland.

The Browns have to play clean, something that tends to be exceptionally difficult for a roster loaded with so many young players.

Chance – I’m going to the game Sunday. Pretty funny that Peyton Hillis and Brady Quinn will both be back in Cleveland playing against Cleveland.

Definitely adds some spice, along with the fact that the Chiefs also have former Browns in coach Romeo Crennel and Brian Daboll.

I’m not sure what sort of impact it will have, if any. All four could arrive with a sense of wanting to demonstrate that the Browns were wrong to let them go.

But this is such a different Browns organization, beginning with a new owner, than the one most of them knew when they were in Cleveland. The exception could be Hillis, because he was with the Browns last season.

Yet, even he doesn’t know many of the new faces that will be wearing brown and orange on Sunday.

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