Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.
What do we have here? A win? Four touchdowns in one game? Pace yourselves there Cleveland, don’t want to score all your points in one week.
WINNER: Rush defense. I have to start there because above everything else, this might have been the most impressive thing about Sunday’s game. The Browns were a top ranked unit against the rush coming into the game, but many were expecting them to be exposed against Adrian Peterson, the best back in the game. Instead the team held the reigning NFL MVP to 88 yards on 25 carries. Well done gentlemen. It has been an eternity since the Browns were stout against the run.
WINNER: Rob Chudzinski. His first win as Cleveland’s head coach. This was no small task. Given the events of last week, that locker room could have gone south quickly. Congrats on pulling out all the stops to get the W. Trick plays, going for it on fourth down, going with Hoyer over Campbell- all gutsy calls.
WINNER: Josh Gordon. Wow. Was that the best performance by a WR since the Browns returned? Probably not statistically, but as for injecting life into a team no doubt about it.
Gordon was targeted 19 times in the game. There’s a reason for that. He was getting separation from defenders, which we haven’t seen much of, and he was getting yards after the catch which is another thing we haven’t seen much of the last two weeks.
LOSER: Greg Little. Three catches for 19 yards. He was targeted another five times. The chances of Little getting his starting job back soon are pretty slim.
WINNER: Spencer Lanning. Special teams players are the stuff of legend in Cleveland. Lanning may be writing his own chapter. First the TD pass to Cameron, then he steps in to be the place kicker just like he did against Chicago in the preseason. I’m sure nobody was happier that the Browns scored the final touchdown and his kick was an extra point instead of a game tying field goal.
Your turn. Who gets your gameball? Who would have been the goat?