“Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.”
I think of this line from Shakespeare’s Henry V when I think of the Cleveland Browns. There’s a little beam of light shining through and it’s mostly enveloped by the darkness. We hope that they will continue to charge towards that tiny pinhole of light to eventually break through into the win column. I still believe that this team has too much talent- young and raw though it may be- to wind up without a win this season.
The Browns got their butts handed to them, 35-10, by the Dallas Cowboys and their impeccable offensive line and running back. Notice that I didn’t mention their rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who by all accounts has done a good job this season, but he hasn’t really been challenged by opposing defenses thanks to that wall known as the Cowboys’ offensive line.
I don’t need to run the stats to see that this is going to be an incredibly low grade. The defensive line couldn’t do a thing against Dallas’ offensive line. The rookies, Ogbah and Nassib, were completely stone-walled. Exciting new addition Jamie Collins was the most effective pass rusher, registering the only quarterback hit of the night and a tackle for loss. Cleveland mustered no sacks in this game and only three tackles for loss. A week after registering 10 passes defensed, the Browns were only able to get their hands on one pass blocked by Tramon Williams.
Ray Horton, if there was ever a time to drop your nice guy routine and light into your young team, it’s now.
QB Hits: 1
Tackles for loss: 3
Passes Defensed: 1
Week 9 PRESSURE Grade: 1 (out of 5)
GETTING OFF THE FIELD
Given that the Browns couldn’t touch Dak Prescott, I’m also going to let you come to an early conclusion as to how the Browns fared in this category. They were all kinds of terrible.
For the second week in a row, the Browns did not manage to turn the ball over1. You simply cannot win football games if you never force turnovers.
Not only was the defensive line ineffective against the Cowboys, but the secondary performed poorly as well. Miscommunication was rampant leading to big plays for wide open receivers and eventually touchdowns for those receivers.
The offense for the Browns was rarely on the field as the Cowboy’s offense rolled like a tank division over the Browns’ paltry defense.
Third and Fourth Down Conversion Percentage: 71 percent
Potential Takeaways: 1
Opponent Time of Possession: 39:39 (out of 60:00)
Week 9 GETTING OFF THE FIELD Grade: 1
There’s nothing much to see here. Cody Kessler had a lovely 44 yard seam pass to Isaiah Crowell with an unbalanced formation. Cody Kessler executed the two minute drill to perfection, ending in a touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor.
Besides that, the offense looked like they had been ejected from the game along with Cameron Erving.
Plays of 20-plus Yards: 1
Red Zone Conversion %: 50
Yards/Run Play: 3.5
Yards/Pass Plays: 5.7
Week 9 PLAYMAKERS Grade: 1
The problem child was at it again. Cameron Erving was punched by Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving, and he retaliated by throwing his helmet at Irving. Both Erving and Irving were thrown out of the game by the head referee. John Greco slid over to center, Spencer Drango entered the game at left tackle and the Browns offensive line continued to disappoint regardless of who was in what position.
Opponent Sacks: 4
Opponent QB Hits: 7
Opponent Tackles for Loss: 7
Week 9 PROTECTION Grade: 1
That’s four of a kind! The Browns win this awful hand of poker with the four lowest possible grades.
This game was infuriating to watch as the Browns’ defense looked like fleas trying to break through the Great Wall of China. The offense was an embarrassing 1 of 9 in third down conversions.
Perhaps it’s a good thing that the team turns right back around to play the Ravens on Thursday. This is a game that they’ll want to forget as soon as humanly possible. The Browns had their best defensive performance of the season against the Baltimore Ravens and they will need to repeat that to have a chance at a win.
Someone please check Hue to make sure he’s still breathing.
- Ezekiel Elliott did have a fumble, but the Browns were unable to recover it. [↩]