The Browns started against the Bears’ second string and tried to gain some chemistry and confidence out of a largely dismal pre-season. The way the Browns defense began, it wasn’t looking great. The Browns defense gave up yards and a third down conversion to David Fales. Not Jay Cutler. Not Jimmy Claussen. After seven plays, 59 yards and some embarrassing play by Leon McFadden, the Browns only yielded a field goal.
When the Browns’ offense finally got the ball on their own 15, they looked to get some semblance of an offense going. In the opening drive, they were able to get it done. Yes, it seemed desperate as they were forced to go for it on fourth down in the red zone against the Bears backups, but no matter! Yes, Brian Hoyer still air-mailed an awkward looking pass that should have been a touchdown to Jordan Cameron. Yes, John Greco whiffed on a defender that almost submarined a running play for a three yard loss. In the end, all that matters is the Browns drove 85 yards over 13 plays and more than six minutes. It culminated with an easy Ben Tate touchdown run and some decent looking receptions from Hoyer to Taylor Gabriel, Jordan Cameron, Andrew Hawkins and Travis Benjamin.
Hallelujah! I’m not really celebrating of course. It’s more of a relief. Imagine if the Browns had somehow not been able to do something against the Bears second team defense? I didn’t want to live in that world. Thankfully, I don’t have to.
The Browns played a bit more first string defense, forced a 52-yard field goal miss and Johnny Manziel entered the game. We’ll have more on the rest of this game, but we wanted to cover the starters’ night and it’s now over with a less than a minute to go in the first quarter. The Browns starters lead the Bears backups 7-3.