Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.
The Browns snapped a three game winning streak against the Lions on Sunday. Most of the damage seemed to be self-inflicted. Today should be fun.
LOSER: Zebras and penalties. The Browns didn’t lose because of the refs. They were pretty awful however. From the phantom pass interference on Joe Haden to the roughing the passer call on Quentin Groves. There were too many mistakes by Browns that were legitimate penalties as well. Weeden’s intentional grounding. Crippling false starts. Nine penalties for 87 yards. Ugh.
WINNER: Buster Skrine. I tweeted during the game that Buster was starting to make me a believer. Another solid game from Skrine.
LOSER: Pass rush. I am anxious to watch this one again and find out exactly what happened to the Browns’ pass rush. There was hardly any pressure on Stafford. It didn’t seem like the Browns were even the same front seven in this one. Especially the second half.
LOSER: Brandon Weeden. Two enormous interceptions. I thought the first one was going to be momentum crushing, but the defense bailed them out. The second one? What can I say that hasn’t already been said?
WINNER: T.J. Ward. Ward showed some flashes of that fierceness that we loved from him as a rookie. Solid pass break-up against Calvin Johnson and a few strong plays in the running game. Did get beat for a touchdown by the dancing with the stars rookie tight end though.
LOSER: Running game. There was an announcement at halftime that the Browns had eclipsed their season best rushing yard mark by the end of the second quarter. It just kind of hung in the air all third quarter as the Browns managed just 11 yards in the second half. Of course, to get running yards you have to, well try to run the ball.
LOSER: The fans. Sorry, but I have to call ’em like I see ’em. There were two mass exits in the fourth quarter. The first, and smaller of the two was after the Lions kicked the field goal to go ahead seven points. There were over six minutes to go in the game with the Browns down only a touchdown. The second was after the Weeden interception. I know that was a terrible pass, bit as someone in the Detroit media stated, there were over four minutes left in the game and the Browns were only down a score. Defense holds and it’s still anyone’s game.