Cleveland Browns Game Five: Winners and Losers

Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.


A big win for the Browns (and for Cleveland), but it was certainly a costly win as Hoyer was injured and could be down for the season. Desmond Bryant had to go to the Cleveland Clinic with shortness of breath, which is never good.

WINNER: Brandon Weeden. There was plenty not to like about his performance, but he came through with a few nice drives and a couple of deep passes. He struggled early, but finished 13 of 24 for 197 yards and a score. Most importantly, he didn’t turn the ball over and put the defense in a bad spot. He handled himself well during his ‘demotion’ and should still have the locker room on his side now that Hoyer is out. Now about those five sacks…

WINNER: Buster Skrine. I thought Skrine looked really impressive. He broke up several passes and was really hitting as well. That’s a couple nice games for Skrine in a row.

LOSER: Barkevious Mingo. Don’t freak out on me. Mingo put pressure on the QB like he always does, and had a bone jarring hit on a receiver. I can’t overlook that the big runs by the Bills, including Spiller’s 54 yard touchdown were right over or around Mingo. Yes, he was playing in just his third NFL game. Of course he will get better. Last night however, he was the weak point against the run.

WINNER: T. J. Ward. Ward got his first NFL touchdown on the game clinching pick six. He had a solid game otherwise.

Alright. Your turn. Who were your winners and losers?

  • nj0

    Agreed. Obviously Alonso needs to not do what he did, but if he were on my team I wouldn’t want him to do so by dialing down his intensity.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    LOSER: Jordan Cameron. Where were you? 3/36 + 1 FUM

  • mgbode

    I hate that the good reason is the Baltimore Ravens. It’s possible that we can out-pace them, but it is pretty unlikely.

  • mgbode

    or trying 4 or 5 times on another drive and us having to settle for a FG. it was pretty torturous for me (and I don’t have him on my fantasy team 😉 )

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Hear Hear!

  • CBI

    With Cameron being such the fantasy machine, I was actually expecting a bootleg to him after McGahee got stuffed on 1st and then 2nd down. Fortunately, I think Chud came into this game dead set on getting a rushing touchdown and just kept jamming it in there. I really appreciated the effort, but Willis is going back on the scrap heap come Tuesday.

  • woofersus

    Yeah, you never want somebody to dial down the intensity and I certainly don’t fault him for racing to the play at the end.

    As a side note, I think our defense has done a much better job of delivering hits in ways that don’t incur penalties this year than last and I credit the coaching staff for working on tackling fundamentals. (leading with the crown of the helmet is obviously not the most effective technique even though everybody wants to deliver the big hit)

  • woofersus

    There was one where Barnidge completely missed his assignment, and there was another where Grecco didn’t see the stunt in time (in his defense, it was disguised pretty well) and went out wide to help Joe Thomas, allowing a DT to meet McGahee at the LOS and stick him pretty good.

  • whosevelt

    Every sack was after ten seconds of deliberation though.

  • whosevelt

    Loser: The Browns. A team that *needs* every single one of its skill players every single game just lost the most important one. Some of you are talking about winning the division – let’s not forget this was a miracle game. It took two incredible punt returns and an injury to the other team’s starter to win against a mediocre team by essentially 6 points. We could easily win only two more games the rest of the way – specifically, we’re likely to take one against the Steelers and Beat the Jags. I count one other game (Jets) that we will have even odds.

    I can’t see a way we finish better than 6-10, TBH. Even if we steal one from a legit team, we can just as easily blow both to the Steelers, and there’s no way we’re taking more than one from among the Packers, Bears, Pats, Ravens, and Bengals.

  • Terry

    Winner: Chud
    Amazing to think he has the Browns in first and Chip Kelly’s eagles are 1-3! Aftert the first week many were lamenting the fact we did not get Kelly.

  • NoVA Buckeye

    WINNER: Michael Lombardi. Hell has frozen over.