Monday, November 7, 2016

Browns Recap 11.7.16: Dallas Cowboys @ Cleveland Browns

By Katelin Marshall, @KatelinKnowsCLE

The Cleveland Browns fall to 0-9 after their 35-10 loss to the Cowboys. The Browns became the first team since 1964 to give up 25+ points in the first nine games of the season. Overall this game was terrible and it started on the first drive. Center Cam Erving got ejected from the game after a personal foul flag for throwing the helmet of Cowboy's defensive tackle David Irving. Irving was also ejected for a personal foul on Erving.

Browns Offense

The Browns offense was terrible on Sunday, only managing 222 yards. 177 yards were through the air. Cody Kessler was 19/27 passing with 203, a touchdown with a quarterback rating of 104.4. Kessler was sacked four times for 26 yards and ended up having x-rays done on his leg after the game. He's still expected to start Thursday against the Ravens.

The Browns leading receiver was running back Isaiah Crowell, who caught four passes for 63 yards. 44 of them were on a catch and run on the first drive of the game, which set up a field goal. Terrelle Pryor caught five passes for 47 yards, one of which was a 12 yard touchdown at the end of the first half. And Corey Coleman caught three passes for 41 yards in his first game back after breaking his hand before week 3.

The running game was horrible and wasn't used because deficit the Browns found themselves in. Duke Johnson had 30 yards on five carries and Crowell had four yards on six carries. Kessler also had 11 yards on the ground on two carries.

The Browns were 1/9 on third down and only had the ball for 20:21. They couldn't keep their own defense off the field. But the offense, at the very least, did protect the ball this week...not committing a turnover.

Browns Defense

Defensively, the Browns gave up 423 yards. 255 of those yards were through the air. Dak Prescott was 21/27 for 247 yards, three touchdowns and had a quarterback rating of 141.8. Prescott didn't turn the ball over. He was given a clean pocket all game, only hit once (which was by Jamie Collins Sr) and wasn't sacked. He also had 20 yards on the ground on four carries. Mark Sanchez threw one pass for eight yards.

Jason Witten had a huge game. Eight catches for 134 yards and a touchdown. This was Witten's first 100 yard game since week 17 in 2013...yes 2013...2.5 seasons ago.  Cole Beasley also had a solid game, catching six passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Dez Bryant was held in check though. He only had one catch for 19 yards...and was only targeted four times.

On the ground Dallas did whatever they wanted. Ezekiel Elliott had 92 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Alfred Morris had 56 yards on 17 carries. Dallas as a team averaged four yards per carry and had a 168 yards on the ground.
The combination off all that resulted in Dallas controlling the clock for over 39 mins. They were 8/12 on third down and were also 2/2 on fourth down. The Browns leading tacklers were Demario Davis with 10 tackles, Christian Kirksey had nine tackles and new Brown Jamie Collins Sr had eight tackles.

Most Valuable Brown

Cody Kessler is the MVB of this week. This game was terrible but Kessler had another solid game. Considering how badly the right side of the offensive line played (Alvin Bailey and Austin Pasztor) Kessler really did do the best he could. Kessler is the starter for the rest of the year, so its exciting to see if he can potentially become the quarterback of the future for the Browns.

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