Final thoughts from Browns-Chiefs

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 9, 2012 – 10:36 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some final thoughts on the Browns’ 30-7 win against the Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

>>By winning their third game in a row, the Browns accomplished much more than putting together their longest win streak since winning the final four games of the 2009 season. They showed they are capable of beating an opponent in dominant fashion rather than waiting until the final moments to decide the outcome. They showed they are capable of recovering from early adversity, which came from allowing Jamaal Charles to run 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. They showed they are capable of handling the success that came from back-to-back wins and four victories in their previous seven games. And they showed they are capable of playing exceptionally well in all three phases.

>>The Browns clearly are on a mission to finish the season strong. Give Pat Shurmur enormous credit for keeping his players focused and motivated after the team suffered its eighth loss at Dallas. That overtime defeat had the potential to be crushing, but the Browns managed to recover and pour the bulk of their energy into performing at a high level down the stretch. The players are investing the necessary time and effort in practice and meetings to be thoroughly prepared for each opponent. This about pride and about showing a new owner, Jimmy Haslam, and a chief executive officer, Joe Banner, that they mean business and want to be a part of the growth and development of a young squad going forward.

>>As a bonus, the Browns were the only AFC North team to register a victory in Week 14.

>>The defense did a remarkable job of not only preventing the Charles run from being devastating psychologically, but also of making the necessary adjustments to handle the Chiefs’ zone-blocking scheme. Rather than try to go toe-to-toe physically with Kansas City’s offensive line, the Browns began knifing linebackers into the cutback lanes created by the line’s lateral movement.

>>A Chiefs player told me after the game that he was particularly impressed with Browns defensive end Juqua Parker, noting that for “a guy who has been in this league for 12 years, he still brings it on every play. He’s amazing.” I couldn’t agree more. Parker’s tremendous hustle on every snap and considerable energy are truly inspiring to his younger teammates.

>>Rookie Travis Benjamin hung onto the ball from his 93-yard punt return for a touchdown long after the game. He told me it was the first of many, and there is no reason to doubt him. Benjamin’s incredible speed is something the Browns undoubtedly will continue to utilize in their return game. The Browns also caught the Chiefs off guard on the return by having Benjamin, who originally lined up at corner, and Cribbs, who had originally been back as a returner, switch places at the last minute in order to put Cribbs in position to try and block the punt. This was something the team had studied and worked on in practice, and the coaches were convinced it would pay off, one way or another. The Browns got the bonus of Benjamin using his speed and elusiveness to take it the distance for the longest punt return in Browns history.

>>The Browns’ passing game didn’t produce overwhelming numbers, but it was highly effective with significant gains. The Browns averaged 12.8 yards per catch with five different players catching the ball. Once again, the Browns’ coaches devised a scheme that allowed receivers to consistently operate in open space and make nice gains after the catch.

>>Rookie Tashuan Gipson hung onto the ball from his first career interception long after the game. He didn’t say it, but I will: That should be the first of many. The kid has a great knack for putting himself in position to make plays. He does so with good football smarts and excellent instincts. Gipson appears to have a long and bright career ahead of him.

>>Credit defensive coordinator Dick Jauron for devising coverages that absolutely flustered Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn. That effort was helped greatly by the Browns getting nickel cornerback Dimitri Patterson back after missing seven games with an ankle injury. The Browns also were able to generate most of their pressure from their defensive line, allowing them to have maximum defenders in coverage.

>>Brandon Weeden had some shaky moments, with multiple passes knocked down and a couple of near-interceptions, but he kept his composure and saw the field well while connecting on key throws.

>>Greg Little continues to step up his game, catching the ball well and making plays (four catches for 69 yards for a team-high 17.3 yards per catch). His longest grab went for 34 yards. Little also showed some of that skill he had as a former high school and collegiate running back with a 17-yard carry.

>>Josh Gordon continues to show that he is a difference-making force. His combination of speed and athleticism make it very difficult for opponents to cover him. And when the Chiefs began devoting extra coverage his way, it opened things up for other receivers, which is precisely what the Browns had in mind when they made Gordon a second-round supplemental draft pick.

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Game Recap: Browns 30, Chiefs 7

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 8:57 pm

On the strength of two rushing touchdowns from running back Trent Richardson and three Phil Dawson field goals, the Cleveland Browns earned a 30-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Browns, currently on a three-game winning streak, improved to 5-8 with the win, while the Chiefs dropped to 2-11 following the setback.

Dawson converted a 34-yard field goal and his third kick of the day extended the Browns’ lead over the Chiefs to 30-7 with 9:04 remaining in regulation. Dawson’s kick capped off a six-play, 18-yard drive that wide receiver Joshua Cribbs set up with a 38-yard return on Dustin Colquitt’s 39-yard punt.

Richardson scored a one-yard touchdown and gave the Browns a 27-7 lead over the Chiefs with 14:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.

In scoring the touchdown, Richardson tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown for the most rushing scores by a Browns rookie. He also equaled Brown and Eric Metcalf for the most total scores by a Browns rookie (10) in team history.

Richardson’s run completed a 12-play, 82-yard drive that took 6:25 off the game clock.

The Browns held a 20-7 lead over the Chiefs after three quarters.

Dawson converted a 24-yard field goal and increased the Browns’ lead over the Chiefs to 20-7 with 8:42 remaining. The field goal was Dawson’s second of the day and capped off a five-play, seven-yard drive that saw two touchdowns come off the scoreboard due to penalties.

Tight end Benjamin Watson caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden, but he and wide receiver Greg Little were in motion at the same time and not set at the snap. The illegal shift penalty was followed by an offensive pass interference infraction on Richardson.

The defense set up the Browns’ second scoring drive of the third quarter when Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn had a pass attempt deflected by cornerback Sheldon Brown. Safety Tashaun Gipson picked off the pass and returned it 23 yards.

Earlier in the game, Richardson hurdled the pile of players at the line of scrimmage and scored a one-yard touchdown, which extended the Browns’ lead over the Chiefs to 17-7 with 12:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Richardson’s run capped off a seven-play, 60-yard drive that took 2:32 off the third-quarter clock.

After one half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Browns held a 10-7 lead over the Chiefs.

Cleveland wide receiver Travis Benjamin returned Colquitt’s 41-yard punt 93 yards for a touchdown and put the Browns in front of the Chiefs, 10-7, with 14:40 to play in the second quarter.

Originally, Cribbs had dropped back to return the punt, but Benjamin ran onto the field late and Cribbs moved to the line of scrimmage as a blocker.

Benjamin fielded the punt at the seven-yard line, ran through the middle of the Chiefs’ coverage unit, got to the Browns’ sideline and crossed back to the middle of the field before getting into the end zone. It was the longest punt return in Browns history, and also, the longest for a touchdown.

Metcalf set the previous mark for the longest punt return score in Browns history with a 92-yarder at Cincinnati on Sept. 4, 1994.

The Chiefs held a 7-3 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Dawson converted a 23-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within four points of the Chiefs, at 7-3, with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter. The kick, which capped off an 11-play, 76-yard drive, was Dawson’s 300th career field goal. He is the 25th kicker in NFL history to reach the 300-field goal plateau and is 300 of 357 in his career (84.0 percent).

Dawson is the second-leading scorer in Browns history with 1,247 points and has the highest field-goal percentage of any kicker in team history. He has the seventh-best percentage in NFL history among those kickers with a minimum of 100 made field goals.

Following a false start penalty on Kansas City offensive lineman Russ Hochstein, kicker Ryan Succop missed a 27-yard field goal off the left upright in the East end zone and the score remained 7-0 in favor of the Chiefs with 7:53 left to play in the first quarter.

The Chiefs had driven to the Browns’ three-yard line and had a first-and-goal from the four, but the Cleveland defense got three straight stops before the missed kick.

On the drive, Quinn completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on third-and-eight from Kansas City’s 23-yard line. He later completed a 47-yard pass to Bowe down the Chiefs sideline that gave Kansas City a first-and-goal.

Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Browns 12 seconds into the game with an 80-yard touchdown run behind right guard Jon Asamoah.

Charles broke into the Browns’ defense and ran through a tackle attempt by Cleveland safety T.J. Ward en route to his second-longest touchdown run of the year. Earlier in the season, Charles ran for a 91-yard touchdown in an overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints.

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Dawson adds another FG

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 8:32 pm

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 34-yard field goal and his third kick of the day extended the Browns’ lead over the Kansas City Chiefs to 30-7 with 9:04 remaining in regulation from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson’s kick capped off a six-play, 18-yard drive that wide receiver Joshua Cribbs set up with a 38-yard return on Dustin Colquitt’s 39-yard punt.


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Richardson scores second touchdown

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 8:23 pm

Cleveland running back Trent Richardson scored a one-yard touchdown and gave the Browns a 27-7 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs with 14:17 remaining in the fourth quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

In scoring the touchdown, Richardson tied Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown for the most rushing scores by a Browns rookie. He also equaled Brown and Eric Metcalf for the most total scores by a Browns rookie (10) in team history.

Richardson’s run completed a 12-play, 82-yard drive that took 6:25 off the game clock.


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Browns lead after three quarters

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 8:18 pm

The Cleveland Browns held a 20-7 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs after three quarters of play in Sunday’s AFC showdown at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 24-yard field goal and increased the Browns’ lead over the Kansas City Chiefs to 20-7 with 8:42 remaining. The field goal was Dawson’s second of the day and capped off a five-play, seven-yard drive that saw two touchdowns come off the scoreboard due to penalties.

Tight end Benjamin Watson caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden, but he and wide receiver Greg Little were in motion at the same time and not set at the snap. The illegal shift penalty was followed by an offensive pass interference infraction on running back Trent Richardson.

The defense set up the Browns’ second scoring drive of the third quarter when Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn had a pass attempt deflected by cornerback Sheldon Brown. Safety Tashaun Gipson picked off the pass and returned it 23 yards.

Cleveland running back Trent Richardson hurdled the pile of players at the line of scrimmage and scored a one-yard touchdown, which extended the Browns’ lead over the Chiefs to 17-7 with 12:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Richardson’s run capped off a seven-play, 60-yard drive that took 2:32 off the third-quarter clock.

Richardson leads the team with eight rushing touchdowns and is now second on the franchise’s all-time list for the most rushing touchdowns by a Browns rookie. He is one shy of Jim Brown’s record of nine, a mark that was set back in 1957.

After one half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Browns held a 10-7 lead over the Chiefs.

Cleveland wide receiver Travis Benjamin returned Dustin Colquitt’s 41-yard punt 93 yards for a touchdown and put the Browns in front of the Chiefs, 10-7, with 14:40 to play in the second quarter.

Originally, Joshua Cribbs had dropped back to return the punt, but Benjamin ran onto the field late and Cribbs moved to the line of scrimmage as a blocker.

Benjamin fielded the punt at the seven-yard line, ran through the middle of the Chiefs’ coverage unit, got to the Browns’ sideline and crossed back to the middle of the field before getting into the end zone. It was the longest punt return in Browns history, and also, the longest for a touchdown.

Browns Legend Eric Metcalf set the previous mark for the longest punt return score in Browns history with a 92-yarder at Cincinnati on Sept. 4, 1994.

The Chiefs held a 7-3 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Dawson converted a 23-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within four points of the Chiefs, at 7-3, with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter. The kick, which capped off an 11-play, 76-yard drive, was Dawson’s 300th career field goal. He is the 25th kicker in NFL history to reach the 300-field goal plateau and is 300 of 357 in his career (84.0 percent).

Dawson is the second-leading scorer in Browns history with 1,247 points and has the highest field-goal percentage of any kicker in team history. He has the seventh-best percentage in NFL history among those kickers with a minimum of 100 made field goals.

Following a false start penalty on Kansas City offensive lineman Russ Hochstein, kicker Ryan Succop missed a 27-yard field goal off the left upright in the East end zone and the score remained 7-0 in favor of the Chiefs with 7:53 left to play in the first quarter.

The Chiefs had driven to the Browns’ three-yard line and had a first-and-goal from the four, but the Cleveland defense got three straight stops before the missed kick.

On the drive, Quinn completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on third-and-eight from Kansas City’s 23-yard line. He later completed a 47-yard pass to Bowe down the Chiefs sideline that gave Kansas City a first-and-goal.

Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Browns 12 seconds into the game with an 80-yard touchdown run behind right guard Jon Asamoah.

Charles broke into the Browns’ defense and ran through a tackle attempt by Cleveland safety T.J. Ward en route to his second-longest touchdown run of the year. Earlier in the season, Charles ran for a 91-yard touchdown in an overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints.


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Dawson converts field goal attempt

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 8:04 pm

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 24-yard field goal and increased the Browns’ lead over the Kansas City Chiefs to 20-7 with 8:42 remaining in the third quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The field goal was Dawson’s second of the day and capped off a five-play, seven-yard drive that saw two touchdowns come off the scoreboard due to penalties.

Tight end Benjamin Watson caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden, but he and wide receiver Greg Little were in motion at the same time and not set at the snap. The illegal shift penalty was followed by an offensive pass interference infraction on running back Trent Richardson.

The defense set up the Browns’ second scoring drive of the third quarter when Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn had a pass attempt deflected by cornerback Sheldon Brown. Safety Tashaun Gipson picked off the pass and returned it 23 yards.


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Richardson rushes for score

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 7:50 pm

Cleveland running back Trent Richardson hurdled the pile of players at the line of scrimmage and scored a one-yard touchdown, which extended the Browns’ lead over the Kansas City Chiefs to 17-7 with 12:28 remaining in the third quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Richardson’s run capped off a seven-play, 60-yard drive that took 2:32 off the third-quarter clock.

Richardson leads the team with eight rushing touchdowns and is now second on the franchise’s all-time list for the most rushing touchdowns by a Browns rookie. He is one shy of Jim Brown’s record of nine, a mark that was set back in 1957.


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First-half thoughts from Browns-Chiefs

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 9, 2012 – 7:31 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

What I liked…

>>The Browns responding well to early adversity. After allowing Jamaal Ravens to run 80 yards for a touchdown on the first play of scrimmage, the Browns collected themselves and found a way to take a 10-7 halftime lead. It was particularly impressive that they got points after the Chiefs’ Ryan Succop hit the left upright on a 27-yard field-goal attempt. Although it was only a field goal, it definitely made the Chiefs pay a price for that mistake.

>>Travis Benjamin’s 93-yard punt return for a touchdown. I love the fact that, at the last instant before Dustin Colquitt’s kick, Browns special-teams coach Chris Tabor had Josh Cribbs move out of the return spot and run to the line while Benjamin ran from the sidelines to be the returner. Benjamin showed both his tremendous speed and elusiveness in going the distance.

>>The Browns’ defense keeping the Chiefs’ offense mostly in check. Again, allowing that game-breaking run was ugly, but the unit has been preventing Brady Quinn from gaining any confidence in his Cleveland homecoming. The Browns have managed to generate a solid rush with their defensive line and have, for the most part, left Quinn few holes in the secondary to exploit.

What I didn’t like …

>>The Browns allowing that 80-yard touchdown run by Jamaal Charles on the game’s first play from scrimmage. The Browns have a habit of struggling against zone-blocking rushing attacks. When the offensive line is able to create seams with movement, it opens cut-back lanes. The Browns did tighten some things up after that, but they need to be even tighter against the run.

>>Weeden’s general pocket awareness. He needs to be more alert after dropping back, especially against such a strong pass-rushing team as the Chiefs.

>>Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, for Cleveland Browns Daily, Driven by Liberty Ford on ESPN 850 WKNR or catch the live stream right here on ClevelandBrowns.com.

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Browns lead at halftime

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 7:27 pm

After one half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Browns held a 10-7 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs.121209-travis-benjamin-ai

Cleveland wide receiver Travis Benjamin returned Dustin Colquitt’s 41-yard punt 93 yards for a touchdown and put the Browns in front of the Chiefs, 10-7, with 14:40 to play in the second quarter.

Originally, Joshua Cribbs had dropped back to return the punt, but Benjamin ran onto the field late and Cribbs moved to the line of scrimmage as a blocker.

Benjamin fielded the punt at the seven-yard line, ran through the middle of the Chiefs’ coverage unit, got to the Browns’ sideline and crossed back to the middle of the field before getting into the end zone. It was the longest punt return in Browns history, and also, the longest for a touchdown.

Browns Legend Eric Metcalf set the previous mark for the longest punt return score in Browns history with a 92-yarder at Cincinnati on Sept. 4, 1994.

The Chiefs held a 7-3 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 23-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within four points of the Chiefs, at 7-3, with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter. The kick, which capped off an 11-play, 76-yard drive, was Dawson’s 300th career field goal. He is the 25th kicker in NFL history to reach the 300-field goal plateau and is 300 of 357 in his career (84.0 percent).

Dawson is the second-leading scorer in Browns history with 1,247 points and has the highest field-goal percentage of any kicker in team history. He has the seventh-best percentage in NFL history among those kickers with a minimum of 100 made field goals.

Following a false start penalty on Kansas City offensive lineman Russ Hochstein, kicker Ryan Succop missed a 27-yard field goal off the left upright in the East end zone and the score remained 7-0 in favor of the Chiefs with 7:53 left to play in the first quarter.

The Chiefs had driven to the Browns’ three-yard line and had a first-and-goal from the four, but the Cleveland defense got three straight stops before the missed kick.

On the drive, Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on third-and-eight from Kansas City’s 23-yard line. He later completed a 47-yard pass to Bowe down the Chiefs sideline that gave Kansas City a first-and-goal.

Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Browns 12 seconds into the game with an 80-yard touchdown run behind right guard Jon Asamoah.

Charles broke into the Browns’ defense and ran through a tackle attempt by Cleveland safety T.J. Ward en route to his second-longest touchdown run of the year. Earlier in the season, Charles ran for a 91-yard touchdown in an overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints.


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Benjamin returns punt for TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 9, 2012 – 6:50 pm

Cleveland wide receiver Travis Benjamin returned Dustin Colquitt’s 41-yard punt 93 yards for a touchdown and put the Browns in front of the Kansas City Chiefs, 10-7, with 14:40 to play in the second quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Originally, Joshua Cribbs had dropped back to return the punt, but Benjamin ran onto the field late and Cribbs moved to the line of scrimmage as a blocker.

Benjamin fielded the punt at the seven-yard line, ran through the middle of the Chiefs’ coverage unit, got to the Browns’ sideline and crossed back to the middle of the field before getting into the end zone. It was the longest punt return in Browns history, and also, the longest for a touchdown.

Browns Legend Eric Metcalf set the previous mark for the longest punt return score in Browns history with a 92-yarder at Cincinnati on Sept. 4, 1994.


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