A penalty wiped out a punt return for a touchdown. Two taunting penalties after completions stopped early momentum. And most painful of all, Antonio Bryant could not hold on to a touchdown pass in the end zone.
Bryant was especially hard on himself, saying his drop cost his team a chance to win.
"I have to hold on to the ball," he said.
The Browns have shown growth under Romeo Crennel. They have won a game in Green Bay that few gave them a chance to win, and they came close to winning a game in Indianapolis that fewer gave them a chance to win.
The next step for the team will be to get past coming close and actually win the games. To do that, the Browns will have to avoid the types of mistakes made by receivers Braylon Edwards and Antonio Bryant, who both had 15-yard taunting penalties.
"It irritates me," Crennel said Monday. "Anytime you have a team that you put on the field, it's a reflection of yourself. I would like to think that I'm more disciplined and the team is more disciplined. When we make those mistakes, particularly when they cost us wins, it hurts."
Crennel said he's not leaving it to the veterans to provide the message to the youngster.
"I'm going to put the onus on the team," he said. "I'm going to talk to the team about it because they're all on the team."
NEWS & NOTES
Droughns never saw Doss coming and got blindsided with a shot to the temple. He went to the ground dazed, but was angry when team trainers told him to lay down. He wanted to get up, and he came back in the game shortly after.
A few plays later, he was given the ball on a fourth-and-1, and broke a tackle in the backfield, spun and picked up the first down.
Teammates said in the locker room that he had garnered a large measure of respect with his efforts.
Droughns is one of the few running backs that had success against the Bears in the preseason. He carried the ball 9 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Sept. 1st game at Soldier Field.
Dilfer threw as he was rolling to his right on the play, but he never got his feet set. As a result, his errant throw to Frisman Jackson fell incomplete. He pounded the ground in frustration after the play, and it was evident why when the Colts ran out the last 7:40 of the game.
"I'm going to think about that one for a long time," Dilfer said.