First-half thoughts from Browns-Broncos

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 23, 2012 – 10:35 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

DENVER — Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:

What I liked…

>>Usama Young’s interception in the end zone at the end of the half. The Browns’ safety made a tremendous play by diving for the ball and keeping it under control as he landed face-first. It isn’t often that Peyton Manning throws an interception that close to the goal line.

>>The general aggressiveness of the Browns’ passing game. Pat Shurmur has had Brandon Weeden seeking, and finding, holes underneath the Broncos’ zone coverage in an air-oriented game plan.

>>The Browns’ solid defense against the run … of course, Peyton Manning has proceeded to work on the secondary with surgeon-like precision.

>>The Browns concentrating on taking away the big play and forcing the Broncos to try and methodically move the ball, playing the percentages that the extensive number of plays will result in some mistakes along the way … such as Young’s interception.

>>Montario Hardesty showing his usual explosiveness when he has a chance to carry the ball.

What I didn’t like …

>>Manning and the Broncos’ offense making it look too easy as they march up and down the field. Remarkably, they only have 14 points for their efforts, which reflects positively on the Browns’ defense.

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