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Matt Loede
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Matt Loede

Editor and co-owner of NFL Gridiron Gab and the Sports Gab Network.

Brown and Out


After watching three games of the 2009 Cleveland Browns season, there is no doubt that this team is well on its way to having to fight just to win any games this season. The Browns, coming off a horrible end to the 2008 season in which they didn't score an offensive touchdown in the final six games, picked up right where they left off here in 2009.

In the opener against the Vikings, they actually led 13-10 at the half, only to give up the lead with their awful run defense. Down 34-13, they finally did score an offensive touchdown, albeit in garbage time with nothing on the line. Week two, in Denver, they were shell-shocked by a Broncos team that they felt they could compete with, and again gave up chunks and chunks of yards on the ground, and again didn't score an offensive touchdown.

In Baltimore Sunday, they were totally and completely overwhelmed, and by halftime coach Eric Mangini, who the fans already want to run out of town after three games, pulled starting QB Brady Quinn for backup Derek Anderson. The result, a 34-3 loss that was so one-sided that most Browns fans turned the game off in the third quarter.

Now the team returns home to get booed again next week against the Bengals, who after Sunday's win over the Steelers are 2-1. The goal for the Browns right now isn't even to win games, it's to try and put some points on the scoreboard and not get blown out. Yes, this team is well on its way to being an 0-16 team.

By Matt Loede  |  September 28, 2009; 6:57 AM ET  | Category:  Baltimore Ravens , Cleveland Browns Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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