The Disappointment Zone

Musings from a Cleveland sports fan

Browns: more powerful than ever

Posted by disappointmentzone on 3 October 2007

How about some love for the offensive line? In the last 3.5 games they’ve allowed one sack and opened up enough holes for Jamal Lewis to rush for 215 yards in one game. The Browns now have proven that they can score. Up next is figuring out the defense, which is still uninspiring.

Last week: 27.2
This week: 20.8

ESPN staff, ESPN.com: 25

Last season, the Browns scored 24 or more points just three times. This season, they’ve already matched that total in the first month. Derek Anderson’s QB rating (88.4) is better than those of Vince Young, Jay Cutler, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers.

Dr. Z, Sports Illustrated: 13

Frankly I don’t know what to do with them. Moving them below the Ravens would be unfair, but fans of the Raiders, who beat them, must be howling right now … make that howling more than normal, since it’s a full moon. A friend of mine who just arrived from Peru, said, “Where is this city called Hapless? I keep reading about the Hapless Browns.” Hapless, my friend, is the place where they have no hap.

Ryan Stetson, Covers.com: 21

Something’s going right when Jamal Lewis is held to 64 rushing yards and the Browns still put 27 points on the Ravens.

Peter Schrager, FoxSports.com: 19

The Browns, long known as the whipping boys of the AFC North, won their second straight division game on Sunday, knocking off the heavily favored Ravens 27-13 in Cleveland. The Browns got off to an early 14-0 lead and used an efficient offense and a bend-but-don’t-break defense to get a much-needed home win. Derek Anderson played well, Jamal Lewis got some revenge against his former mates and the offensive line protected the quarterback. It was the first time the Ravens failed to record a sack against the Browns since 2000. At 2-2, the Browns are right in the thick of things in the AFC.

Pete Prisco, CBS SportsLine.com: 24

At 2-2, they’re playing good football. There’s some talent on this team. Derek Anderson might keep Brady Quinn on the bench.

Dennis Dillon, Sporting News: 23

The Browns haven’t won back-to-back games since October 2003. Next up: the Patriots.

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