Despite their best efforts, the Browns have found a way to lose its second game in as many contests. This time they went down, 16-14, to the Kansas City Chiefs in Cleveland.
This contest was a battles of halves. The Browns won the first, as they did last week in Tampa Bay, while the Chiefs did enough in the second half to win the game.
With Kansas City winning the battle of field position and QB Matt Cassel heating up in the second half, the Chiefs offense controlled the tempo, while the defense was stout enough to stifle an inconsistent Browns offense.
Whereas Cassel had time to find receivers and make accurate tosses under the ball control scheme employed by the Chiefs in the second half, the Browns offense was unable to execute, hampered further by poor field position and costly mistakes.
As was the case in the season opener, the general feeling was the Browns would make the costly error which would change the complexion of the game. Sure enough, on Sunday, a very poor decision by QB Seneca Wallace led to an interception return for a touchdown.
Throughout the game, the Browns offense misfired, often when the opportunity was present for a big play to be made.
Surprisingly, the Browns aggressive play-calling, flip-flopping from its easily-questioned predictability and conservatism in the previous week, would again provide a focal point. Trying to learn from the previous week's mistakes, and sensing the Kansas City defense was attempting to squeeze the Browns offense like Tampa, the offensive play-calling often dialed up deep, vertical throws.
Gone was the consistency and execution expected from the Browns offense heading out of training camp. Unfortunately, the success rate would only be gauged by a 65-yard TD reception by Josh Cribbs, as all others attempts failed miserably.
Defensively, the Chiefs and Browns battled to a draw throughout, with the Chiefs gaining the edge due to the interception return and a superior ability to pressure the QB.
Offensively, the Browns handed the keys to the fort over to the Chiefs. The Chiefs attacked the Browns defense in the air with some success in the second half, as the Browns offense collapsed into ineffectiveness seen all too often in the last three years.
Through two games, it appears the Browns, and/or its play-callers do not have a feel for the game. Halftime adjustments by the opposition cleared an obvious path toward success, which changed the complexion of the game and left the Browns winless.
The on-field talent has not solely led to the winless start to the 2010 season for the Browns, but the lack of vision, game-day management and decisions have significantly contributed to the Browns woes. At 0-2, the road is only going to get tougher for the Browns with division rival Baltimore on the horizon.