Brady, Patriots Dismantle Browns 33-13

The New England Patriots completely stomped the Cleveland Browns in Tom Brady’s first game back 33-13

The Patriot faithful were strong in attendance at First Energy Stadium as almost half of the fans in the stadium were dressed in Patriot gear. The defense showed up as well as they held the Browns on their first drive to a three and out. On his first drive of the season, Patriots Tom Brady drove the team down to the 2-yard line with the help of TE Rob Gronkowski on a 34-yard catch and run play. RB LeGarrette Blount runs the ball in form the 1-yard line to go up 7-0 on the Browns. The Browns answered back with a nice drive of their own by getting down to the Patriots 11-yard line and QB Cody Kessler tosses the ball to a wide open Andrew Hawkins for the touchdown making the score 7-7.

At the tail end of the first quarter, Brady and the Patriots once again drive inside the Browns 10-yard line and found his other TE Martellus Bennett for another touchdown and go up 14-7. The Browns were pinned inside their own 5-yard line and while dropping back, Kessler was hit and drove into the ground on his shoulder while the ball was thrown behind the line of scrimmage and rolled out of the endzone for the safety. Kessler was taken back to the locker room for evaluation after the play. The Patriots scored again as Brady found Bennett for the second time to go up 23-7 and it looked like it was going to be a very long day for the Browns at this point.

Veteran QB Charlie Whitehurst came in to fill in for Kessler and his first pass was a completion for a first down. After that, they couldn’t convert and were forced to punt. Down at the Browns 1-yard line, the Patriots tried to run the ball in and couldn’t get over the stacked front four of the Browns defense and turned the ball over on downs. Not much happened for the rest of the first half and ended with a rare missed FG by Stephen Gostkowski which kept the score 23-7. The Browns defense started to build momentum after the goal line stand but the offense needs to come alive if the Browns were hoping for a second half comeback.

The Patriots weren’t done taking out their anger on the Browns quite yet. Brady hit Bennett for another touchdown early in the third for 37-yards to continue the onslaught of the Browns 30-7. After a nice looking drive put together by Whitehurst, and some helpful penalties against the Patriots,  a throw to RB Duke Johnson Jr. slipped out of his hands right into Patrick Chung and New England took over and stopped a chance of the Browns getting any points. Whitehurst ended up getting his first touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter to make the score 30-13 and tried for a two point conversion but failed to convert.

The rest of the game was all Patriots at this point on. The Browns defense, although more impressive than people pictured them to be, couldn’t stop Brady for the first three quarters of the game. They started to pick up the pace at the end of the third but it was too late to rally this team for a miracle comeback. Tom Brady was on the warpath and wanted to show that he hasn’t missed a step in his four game suspension. Charlie Whitehurst showed that he can take over if called upon to start for this team. Although he didn’t score in the game and his interception went out of the hands of Duke Johnson Jr, he made decent throws and drove the team down the field the best he could.

Once again, the Browns come away from this game with more questions than answers. With Kessler looking like he was coming into his own every week he played, him going down with injury throws another wrench in the plan for head coach Hue Jackson. The Browns take on the Tennessee Titans still looking for their first win of the season.


Browns Vs Patriots Preview

Tomorrow is the return of the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his first test of the season in down at First Energy Stadium as the Patriots take on the Cleveland Browns.

Brady hasn’t had much trouble when it comes to beating the Browns. In six games against Cleveland, he’s put up 132–198 for 1,541 yards 8TD, 4INT, 85.1 rating while only losing once. The general feeling is that Brady will be playing “pissed” after his four game suspension and he is going to take it out on that young Ray Horton defense. Rookie DE Carl Nassib looks to return to the Browns after breaking his hand in week 1 but things are looking optimistic for a comeback.

The Browns currently lead the league in rushing offense behind the versatile RB duo of Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson Jr. with 149.3 YPG, 597 yards, 5.7 YPA, and 4TDs, however, they also have 11 fumbles which is 2nd in the league behind the Patriots who have 12. They also have averaged just 4.2 points during the 2nd half of games through the first four games. QB Cody Kessler continues to look like he’s catching on to the starting role and looks to improve off of his game last week when he recorded his first career passing TD to WR Terrelle Pryor who also recorded his first receiving TD.

While Crowell has the 2nd most rushing yards through 4 games with 394 yards, Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount sits in 3rd with 352 yards.The more impressive stat is he has averaged an insane 6.5 YPC. There’s no doubt that Bill Belichick has begun game planning around limiting Crowell on ground. The Patriots, have been inconsistent against the rush. At times, they haven’t been able to properly tackle players and it has led to extra yards.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson is excited about the match up but still know what the Patriots can do.

“We know we have to throw the ball. There is no question about that. You have to be a balanced team against them. You can’t just do one thing,” Jackson stated. “We have to play a balanced football game. We have to be able to throw the ball. We have to be able to run it. We have to do what we are able to do the way we are able to do it.”

The last time the Patriots came to Cleveland in 2010, the Browns surprisingly upset the juggernaut New England offense 34-14. It was the Patriots second and last loss of that season. We shall see if home field advantage will help the Browns this time around.

Browns can’t complete comeback. Fall to Ravens 25-20

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It was a thriller at First Energy Stadium but a losing effort by the Cleveland Browns as they fall to AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens. Continue reading “Browns can’t complete comeback. Fall to Ravens 25-20”

Player Quotes From Browns Friday Practice

Today was the last day of practice for the Cleveland Browns before their home opener match up against the Baltimore Ravens Sunday afternoon at First Energy Stadium. The media caught up with a few of the player after practice to talk about the upcoming contest. Continue reading “Player Quotes From Browns Friday Practice”

Browns RB Isaiah Crowell should be punished; Shouldn’t be cut from team.

Last week, Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell shared a gruesome image of a man dressed in black cutting the throat of a white police officer on his personal Instagram account.

The timing of this picture cannot be any worse for Crowell. With the multiple shooting and protests happening throughout the country, people are quick to act on emotion and say radical and sometime offensive things. This could be one of those situations for Cleveland running back.

Since Crowell posted this picture, outrage from fans, the city and people from across the country has been well documented via social media.
The post has been taken down and Crowell has publically apologized for the illustration claiming that “It was an extremely poor decision” and that he apologized for “that mistake and for offending people.”

He goes on to say that this wasn’t about color but it’s about what’s right and wrong. The Browns have been quiet so far and have yet to comment on the situation.
With all of that being said, I’d like to give my personal opinion as a lifelong Cleveland fan. Social media gives people a chance to share their opinions and beliefs about things going on in this country and I have seen many post and comments saying that Crowell should be cut from the team, exempt from the NFL and never have a job again.

People that once cheered for the back are now calling him a thug and other terrible things I cannot put in this article. Although I agree that he should be punished, there is no way I can see Crowell as a thug for speaking his opinion. The only thing that he should be punished for is the image. It was over the top and uncalled for and the text from the post alone could’ve gotten his opinion out clear as day.

If you are a popular sports figure in a city where sports are a religion and you put yourself in a situation where you have half of a fan base calling for you job, and in some cases your head, there is no way you go unpunished.
But as I said before, every one of us has made a quick emotional post on Facebook or Twitter. He is obviously trying to show support for the men that were killed by police in Baton Rouge and Minnesota.
Crowell’s post was up right before the shootings in Dallas where five police officers were killed while keeping protesters under control. He acted out of emotion like millions of others did and didn’t think about the consequences of his actions because he was acting on emotion.

Athletes today are more accessible than ever before with non-stop television coverage and Twitter accounts where any fan can tweet at their favorite player and possibly even hear back from said player.
This also means that you need to be careful on what you post. Think of what one post like Crowell’s could do for a career of an athlete.

You could be the best player on your team but you will be seen as a trouble maker and known as that guy who said that thing on social media that people didn’t agree with. This isn’t the first time Cleveland athletes have shown how they feel about current events going on in the country.
Browns wide out Andrew Hawkins and Cavs forward LeBron James have both worn the “I can’t breathe” shirts to support Eric Garner after he was choked to death by a NYPD officer back in 2014 and people were outraged even then by the support these athletes showed for the victim.

I do think that Crowell should be punished.

A two-game suspension without pay seems fitting to me. He apologized and realized very quickly that he shouldn’t have put such a hateful and disrespectful picture up on Instagram.

This is the first time that we’ve heard of any trouble coming from the young back since he came here two years ago.
I do not think that a man should lose his job and be run out of town for supporting victims even if he is an athlete. That being said, in the future, if a player, owner or anyone who is affiliated with a popular sport or team wants to show their support for a movement or victim, think about what you post before you post it.

Acting out of emotion is why we hear about so many terrible things happening in world today. Think logically and show your support the best way you can.