Sunday, December 9, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns streak past the Chiefs, 30-7

Travis Benjamin's 93-yard PR (franchise record) sparked,
the Browns to a 23-point win over the Chiefs.
Recap: Trent Richardson ties Jim Brown's rookie TD mark
Box Score: Browns 30, Chiefs 7 Final

Three-in-a-row! Hey not bad for, oh lets say, "a bunch of pathetic losers". Albeit, coming against a 2-win Kansas City Chiefs team, who were coming off an emotional home win last week over the Carolina Panthers (27-21), following the teams tragic events of teammate Jovon Belcher. The Browns did what they were suppose to do, and they won and won impressively. Since the teams 0-5 start, the Browns find themselves with a chance to finish the season at .500 or close to it, with three weeks to go in the season. As a Browns fan, what more could you ask for, with this youthful squad, who seem to be getting better each and every week out.

The Offense:
Anytime the Browns can score 30 or more points in a single game, I'll take it. Sparked by a 93-yard punt return (team record) from rookie WR Travis Benjamin, the Browns offense hit the 30-point mark for just the 2nd time all season. It was the fourth-straight game that they scored at least 20-points with all four games, following the teams Bye Week (3-1 since then). Rookie running back Trent Richardson, led the way once again, scoring two touchdowns and accumulating 51 yards of offense. With the two scores, T-Rich tied Jim Brown's rookie franchise record with nine rushing touchdowns on the season. Rookie QB Brandon Weeden, on the day went 17/30 for 217 passing yards with no TD, but most importantly no turnovers (although, two pass attempts should have been picked). Rookie Josh Gordon (8 catches, 86 yards) & two-year vet Greg Little (4 catches, 69 yards) have emerged as Weeden's two go-to-guys, mixed in with a little action from TE's Benjamin Watson & Jordan Cameron. Following a slow-start, this unit was sparked by Benjamin's PR, and although they had to settle for three more Phil Dawson field goals, they scored plenty of points in this game, as the defense held the Chiefs to just seven points.

The Defense:
Lets talk about that defense. How about that 2nd half shutout of the Chiefs offense, outstanding. The game did not get off to a good start, however, as the Browns allowed Chiefs RB Jamall Charles to race 80-yards for a touchdown on the very first play from scrimmage. Then on the Chiefs 2nd possession, they matched down to the CLE 6-yard line, but the Browns D held & the Chiefs ended up missing a 27-yard FG attempt. After that, the Browns D forced the Chiefs to punt on their next seven of ten possessions, with the other three ending the 1st half, an interception, and turnover on downs. Starting QB for the Chiefs Brady Quinn, who sent his first three years in the NFL with the Browns, was sacked five times on the day and picked off once, showed at times why the Browns traded him away following the 2009 season. Back-up RB Peyton Hillis, another former Brown, was a big non-factor with 11 yards on 5 carries, making the Browns look like genius, when they let him test the free agent market, following last season. Another game, where the Browns D held their opponent to 17 points or less (third straight, and sixth of the season).

Next Week:
The Browns (5-8) winners of three-straight, and five out of their last eight, put their winning-streak on the line and finish up their home schedule vs. the Washington Redskins (7-6) led (hopefully) by RG3. I will be at the game next week, for the annual family trip up to Cleveland to watch our beloved Brownies. HERE WE GO BROWNS, HERE WE GO!