Sunday, October 4, 2009

Something to build on

The Browns are 0-4, but after the way they played against the Bengals today while losing, 23-20, there is at least hope for better days ahead.

Derek Anderson was the difference. He stretched the field and energized the offense and defense. The Browns scored one offensive touchdown in 2 1/2 games with Brady Quinn at quarterback. They scored two on Sunday.

It is no coincidence Mohammed Massaquoi blossomed - eight catches for 148 yards - on the same day Coach Eric Mangini changed starting quarterbacks. The defense was energized as well. Brodney Pool had his best game as a pro with four pass breakups and an interception.

The Browns did not stop the Bengals when they had to. A fourth-down touchdown pass in the fourth quarter from Carson Palmer to Chad Ochocinco would have won the game if not for a blocked PAT by Shaun Rogers. A fourth-down scramble by Palmer in overtime was the back-breaker. But at least the Browns don't look like an 0-16 team anymore.


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