I’ve been waiting for the Browns to have a convincing victory from beginning to end, and I think this one suffices as the Browns defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7. Three wins in a row too, if you need them. Yes, the Browns started the game in a 7-0 hole after the first play from scrimmage after deferring, but that terrifying play was all the Chiefs could do all day to score. Brady Quinn, Peyton Hillis and Romeo Crennel didn’t get to exact any revenge for any various reasons they might have had, instead proving once and for all why the Browns need not regret the departures of any of the three of them.
There’s no such thing as a perfect game in the NFL and I’m sure there will be some detractors even as the Browns beat a bad team at home by more than three touchdowns. Sure, the Chiefs dropped a couple interceptions, Montario Hardesty put the ball on the ground and the Browns were far from perfect in the red zone. Those things matter so much less when the Browns win so big. It’s the benefit of the big win and the Browns deserve it to a large extent.
The defense largely played excellent, physical football. Brady Quinn was on his back a lot of the game as the Browns amassed five sacks and an interception. The hits were big and the Chiefs paid the price as Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe were both banged up and played more limited roles than I’m sure the Chiefs planned on coming into the game.
So the Browns improve to 5-8 and continue to look to be improving, albeit against a decidedly bad team. It goes into the files of Pat Shurmur, Brandon Weeden and the rest as the auditions continue for next season. It will be up to Joe Banner and Jimmy Haslam to determine if this is the real thing or fool’s gold. One thing’s for sure, no matter what they decide it beats the alternative – losing in December – by a wide, wide margin.
Now, some notes on the rest of the game…
(AP Photo / Tony Dejak)