The notion around the NFL before Sunday was that the Browns were going to be running for the hills early at home against Philadelphia. The Browns wanted no part of this and did all they could to protect their home field. In the end their defense’s best effort was not enough to pick up their enigmatic offense. Rookie Brandon Weeden had a debut to forget throwing 4 interceptions and only completing 34 percent of his passes. Trent Richardson also struggled to find room to run only mustering up 39 yards on the ground. After reading this poor stats you must realize the Browns defense would have had to play absolutely perfect for a victory. Well, they nearly did picking Vick off 4 times. The problem being that if they had intercepted him 5 times they would be 1-0. Rookie L.J. Fort dropped a gift wrapped interception from Michael Vick one play before the game winning touchdown was thrown.
Both offensives in this game were incredibly ugly. Some credit has to be given to the Cleveland defense. D’qwell Jackson played a great game and looks like he is prepared to be the leader of the defense. Joe Haden also played a solid game but did not look like a “shutdown” corner as he proclaimed against Desean Jackson. I do not like to second guess coaches but Pat Shurmur made a decision after the Browns scored the go ahead touchdown early on in the 4th quarter that has to be questioned. After taking a 15-10 lead Shurmur could have gone for 2 points to make it 17-10 but decided to kick for the point instead. This move made no sense to me. At that point in the game 15 or 16 does not really matter. Nitpicking coaches is not my thing but going for 2 there had to have been the decision. In the end this was not what ultimately hurt Cleveland. The inability to capitalize on 4 Michael Vick turnovers and the L.J. Fort drop really hurt Cleveland. Hopefully the team will be able to bounce back in week 2 against division rival Cincinnati.