August 26, 2014

Cleveland Browns Game 13: Winners and Losers

Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.

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WINNER: Josh Gordon. Just because it’s obvious doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be brought up. Seven catches for 151 yards and a TD. It was Gordon’s seventh 100 yard receiving game of the year. He set an NFL record for receiving yards in a four game span with 774. He is the first Browns WR ever with four straight games over 100 yards. Oh, he also led the team in rushing yards today with 34 on one carry. McGahee had 14 carries for 33 yards.

WINNER: Jordan Cameron. Cameron was due for a big day, and he came through with nine catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.

WINNER: Jason Campbell. Big time performance by Campbell. Even though Cameron and Gordon had big days, Campbell distributed the ball to nine different receivers. He threw for 391 yards and didn’t turn the ball over. He also extended some drives with his legs. Don’t mistake this ‘good game’ as an endorsement of Campbell for a spot next year. Just recognizing a good performance.

LOSER: Common sense. When fans can’t see a routine pass play unfold and not know if there was interference, if it was an actual catch, or whether the tackle was ‘clean’ or not then there are problems. That’s where we are at with the NFL right now.

WINNER: Paul Kruger. Under some scrutiny the past couple of weeks, Kruger had a good game against New England recording a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.

LOSER: Pass defense. There were some bad calls yes, but the Browns surrendered over 300 yards passing in the second half.

LOSER: Special Teams. Everything is irrelevant if they recover the onside kick.

  • Garry_Owen

    You may be right.
    All I know is I’ve seen Lynch play a bit this year, and every time he throws off a defender and scrambles away, making an amazing throw downfield (about 5 times a game), I think, “That’s Ben Roethlisberger.” Also, to one of your earlier points, I tend to think that Roethlisberger is the “Manziel of the NFL” (until Manziel gets drafted, ‘cuz then he’ll be the Manziel of the NFL, obviously).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’ve only seen Lynch a few times so take my comments with a grain of salt I could be wrong. I just know Lynch is another possibility that would scare me to death for the Cleveland Browns as a potential QB of the future. Frankly other then Bridgewater there isn’t really one other guy I like for Cleveland as a “savior.”

    I’m 2-2 because neither Robert Griffin in football or Nerlens Noel in basketball ended up in Cleveland. I hope Manziel makes me 3-3 in 2014!

  • Garry_Owen

    That’s why I’m all on board with drafting QBs (more than one) in lower rounds this year. That way, they won’t invest great sums in “presumptive QBs of the future,” but might still get the guy. “Possible” is better than “presumptive.”

    I’m not at all sold on Bridgewater. I think he plays a limited college game pretty well, but I’m not sure how well he’ll translate to the NFL. I’d agree with you, though, that he’s the “most likely” to do it. I still wouldn’t spend a top 5 pick on him, though (not that it will matter).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Sounds logical which means it probably won’t happen. In a nightmare scenario they package both first rounders to move up and then select Manziel. Manziel’s name gets added to the long list of QBs since 1999 along with plenty of newsworthy things on and off the field.

    I’m not completely sold on Teddy B. either I’m just sold on him more then the other alternatives. In a perfect world he goes somewhere he can learn for a year but it won’t/doesn’t happen anymore unfortunately.

    But just like all the other years it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

  • Garry_Owen

    Man, I hate that I’m talking about the draft before Christmas. That only draft I should be talking about now is Christmas Ale.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Well the goodness is the NFL pushed back draft day so save some of that Christmas Ale ‘cuz you just might need it!

  • Jack

    Yeah, losing sucks.

  • BrownieBob

    I hate to beat a dead horse ….but…..Look at our QB from yesterday…29/44…391yds…3 tds….no int’s….116+ passer rating,……Fellas, we are NOT going to get a QB in the draft that will do any better than that…..And we still LOST !!!!…Now I am not suggesting that Campbell is the answer but we need to find someone who makes us a ” winner ” well before we need a QB….granted that person might be a savior QB, but it could just as easily be anyone….Polamalu, Reed, Manning, Brady, Coughlin,Harbaugh or Polian….all these people helped turn franchises into WINNNERS!….Only time we really had one in the last 50 years is arguably Marty Schottenheimer….I know everyone likes to dismiss this ‘ WINNER ” mentality but it exists…and we DONT HAVE IT !!!

  • Natedawg86

    We know what Campbell is though. His career stats show that he is a servicable average QB. He did have a good game, but among starters this year is 27th in compl %, 28th in Y/A, and 24th in Y/G. I would like to see our QB in the top half. I think we just need some stability. I don’t think we need a savior, just a game manager, and a few more players are we are in it.

  • Kildawg

    Baltimore cut him before the browns did, and the Rats have a harder time running the ball despite having Rice and Pierce.

  • bupalos

    Putting the reality that the Browns seem to get hosed both home and away, does anyone else feel like the officiating oddities in the NFL are a deliberate attempt by the NFL to bolster home field advantage? I’ve been watching more games this year, and it just seems like I’m seeing a pattern.

    Maybe due to the increasing popularity of staying home to watch, they are trying to boost home win percentages to make the stadium experience more enjoyable?

  • Kildawg

    Winner: Chud. Last Browns HC to win 3 challenges in a season, much less one game? Leads to my next point.
    Loser: Refs. I can’t begin to tell anyone how much profanity I spewed (trying to keep it PG, my uncensored opinions go on Twitter) as I listened to the game. Missed calls galore, and calls that favored Brady’s team. Of course the “Screw Cleveland” calls were in full effect as well, which is probably why Chud was able to win all 3 challenges to begin with. The league should put that entire crew on notice for calling such a dismal game.

  • mgbode

    Lynch is 6′, 215lbs. Ben has 5″ and 50lbs on him. In the NFL, those guys Jordan is throwing off in college are running over him instead.

  • Garry_Owen

    Maybe. Maybe not. How many other college QBs do what he does? That fact that he does it at all is something. But again, I wasn’t talking about his size so much as his attitude and mentality – which are what allow him to do those things, not his size (or lack thereof).

  • Wow

    Winner- Gordon, MVP of the team.

    Winner/Loser- Chud. This team refuses to quit and they keep playing hard for him. I put loser because he should have kicked the extra point and managed timeouts better.

  • bupalos

    ST is a loser again. The punting game was good this time, but that onside kick, far from being the lucky bounce it usually needs to be, was almost a fait accompli. As soon as his foot hit it there were 5 Pats with a shot at it and maybe 2 Browns. I don’t know how they can fail to shift to the middle when you see how they are funneling in on the run up, but they must have been coached to hold their slots. No one budges, no one attacks despite the dribbler that is clearly going to let the pats come in ahead of the ball.