The Cleveland Browns lost to the Arizona Cardinals 34-20 at First Energy Stadium. A loss is what Browns fans probably expected to a playoff caliber team like the Cardinals. But what made this loss quite possibly the worst of the 6 so far was the fact that the Browns were up 20-7 2 minutes before halftime.
The second half was all Cardinals. They scored 24 more unanswered points, including a Michael Floyd 60 yard touchdown that Joe Haden was badly beaten on. Haden would be out for the rest of the game after that with a concussion. As far as the Browns offense went, it pretty much sputtered and died. Duke Johnson, who had such a good game in the first half, was no where to be seen in the second. Hartline dropped passes, McCown looked to be hurt as he was getting tossed around like a rag doll and the Browns just seemingly collapsed.
Carson Palmer, the victim of several dropped balls in the first half, was fantastic in the second. He finished with 374 yards, 4 touchdowns and an interception on 23/38 passing. Chris Johnson, who fumbled the ball twice, still had 109 yards on 30 carries.
MIA: Duke Johnson, after being sensational in the first, was no where to be found in the second. A very puzzling move by the Browns.
Next up: Thursday night against the Bengals in Cincinnati.