The good news is that the Browns scored two touchdowns in the first quarter. The Browns recovered a fumble deep in Giants territory to open the game and Trent Richardson scrambled 15 yards for the TD. Then Brandon Weeden finally hit a home run pass when he caught Josh Gordon against a linebacker deep for 62 yards and a TD. After that, the Giants started to play like the Giants and the Browns started to play like the Browns we’re used to.
Brandon Weeden threw an awful interception on third-and-one after the initial receiver routes broke down. He directed traffic, Gordon moved and then he threw wild and high. The Giants returned the ball a long way and scored. Then Josh Cribbs fumbled a kickoff and the Giants scored again. Then the Browns punted, gave the Giants the ball and gave up a huge pass interference to gift the Giants a field goal. There were other things that happened in there, but all that matters is the Giants finished the first half on a 27-3 run after the Browns started the game with a 14-0 lead.
Brutal. Abominable. Disgusting. Embarrassing. Unacceptable. Fill in your own blanks if you think we need more.
The Browns even kind of fought back. They hit a field goal in the second half and were poised to make it a one touchdown game in the fourth quarter with lots of time left. Brandon Weeden threw the ball into the defensive line, it bounced up and came back to him. He bought some time and fired it again to Jordan Cameron for a touchdown! Except, it wasn’t a TD as the second forward pass is illegal even if the first one gets batted into the air and the QB has another chance. After the Browns’ five yard penalty, Weeden fired an interception that had no chance of reaching Ben Watson in the end zone.
Thereafter, the Browns’ defense pretty much just gave up on the ground. David Wilson (Ahmad Bradshaw’s backup) ripped off 40 yards and a TD. Mind you, this was a Giants team missing some wide receivers in Hakeem Nicks and Ramses Barden. My tweet response was that “Pride was apparently injured in the first half and unable to return…”
They’re young, I still like the roster and the offense is clearly improved from a year ago, but expectations were for this team to make a “big jump.” Accountability is coming and his name is Jimmy Haslam.