The Cleveland Browns defeated the San Diego Chargers by the score of 7-6 on Sunday, October 28. With the win the Browns improve to 2-6 on the year while the Chargers fall to 3-4. Cleveland will next face the Baltimore Ravens at home on Sunday, November 4 before they take their bye on Sunday, November 11.
Richardson returns to old form
Last week against the Indianapolis Colts, rookie running back Trent Richardson was held out of the second half due to the lingering effects of a rib injury suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was held to just eight carries for a total of eight yards.
This week Richardson returned to old form to exceed expectations rushing for 122 yards on 24 carries including a 26-yard touchdown run. Richardson had not shown this kind of production since back on October 7 when he netted 81 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown against the New York Giants.
With a tough division battle against the Ravens next week, knowing Richardson is back and can put up "healthy" numbers, confidence in the possibility of a big upset should continue to grow as the week progresses.
Dropped pass saves the day
Last week Browns' rookie wide receiver dropped a pass near the end zone in the fourth quarter that arguably cost them a victory against the Colts. The Chargers experienced that same pain this week against the Browns when wide receiver Robert Meachem failed to catch a pass while wide open and uncovered deep in Browns' territory.
Cleveland certainly caught a lucky break allowing them to earn their second victory in three games. It can be argued the Browns are not a bad football team despite their 2-6 record. They enter each game with a legitimate chance to win, but often they fall short due to rookie mistakes or due to a single play that makes the difference. In Cleveland we are told to have patience. I believe with just a bit more, wins will come more often than losses as soon as next season.
Another week of no turnovers
Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has not thrown an interception in his last two games. His last interception against Cincinnati came as a result of a tipped pass. For a quarterback that has already thrown 10 on the season, this is quite an accomplishment to be celebrated.
Weeden did not have a stellar game against San Diego netting just 129 yards on an 11-27 performance. He failed to throw a touchdown reception, and had a passer rating of just 55.9 but most importantly he was not intercepted. I would take that with a win any week of the season.
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