OBR Daily Blog 11/27-28

Finally a breather in the schedule as the NFL's worst team (record wise) comes to town


11/28
11:38 PM

@saveallunicorns That sort of thing can drive you nuts, especially with a team that seems to play up (or down) to the level of competition.


11/28
11:38 PM

@saveallunicorns That sort of thing can drive you nuts, especially with a team that seems to play up (or down) to the level of competition.

Post-Game Notes
Barry McBride on November 28th, 2010 AT 11:32 PM

From the Browns…

CLEVELAND BROWNS POST GAME NOTES 11-29-10

·         Running back Peyton Hillis totaled a game-high 131 rushing yards on 26 attempts with three touchdowns, while recording six receptions for 63 yards.  The output marked his fourth 100-yard rushing performance this season and fifth of his career. He has scored a touchdown in every game this season except one (at Pittsburgh, 10/17) and has 13 total touchdowns on the season (11 rushing, two receiving). Hillis joins Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly as the only Browns to record 11 or more rushing touchdowns in a single-season and is the first to accomplish the feat since Kelly in 1968. Brown holds the team single-season record with 17 set in 1958 and 1965.

·         Hillis also became the 12th Brown to score three or more rushing touchdowns in a single-game and first since Jerome Harrison recorded three last year at Kansas City on December 20.

·         Kicker Phil Dawson’s 41 yard field goal with 2:42 remaining put the Browns up 24-23. The kick marked Dawson’s 13th career game-winning field goal and first since he connected on a 56-yarder with 48 seconds left to put the Browns ahead 29-27 at Buffalo on November 17, 2008.

·         Appearing in his 100th career regular season game, quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 24 of 35 passes for 245 yards. He improved 55-39 (5.85) in his career as a starter and 1-1 with Cleveland.

·         Rookie defensive back Joe Haden recorded his team-leading fourth interception of the season. He became the first Brown to record an interception in three straight games in his first season in the NFL since Bernie Parrish in 1959.

·         Wide receiver Brian Robiskie set a career-high with seven receptions for 50 yards. His reception total is tied for the most by a Brown in a single-game this season. Robiskie surpassed his previous best of four catches, set against San Diego on December 6, 2009.

·         The Browns have allowed just 26 first quarter points all season. Over the last five games, Cleveland has outscored its opponents 44-13 in the opening frame.

·         For the first time since 1993, the Browns have at least one win by three different starting quarterbacks (Colt McCoy-2, Seneca Wallace-1, Jake Delhomme-1). That season, Bernie Kosar, Todd Philcox and Vinny Testaverde combined to accomplish the feat.

·         The Browns earned their first-ever win against Carolina as the Panthers were the only current NFL team that Cleveland had not previously defeated. Carolina leads the all-time series 3-1.

·         The Panthers touchdown on their first drive snapped a streak of 23 consecutive regular season games in which the Browns did not given up a touchdown on their opening possession. It was the longest active streak in the NFL.

·         With two sacks today, defensive back Abram Elam recorded his first career multi-sack game and became the first Brown defensive back to accomplish the feat since Daylon McCutcheon against Jacksonville on December 16, 2001. Elam has five career sacks.

·         Linebacker Matt Roth registered one sack and has 3.5 on the season and 20 in his career.

·         Punter Reggie Hodges booted three punts for 109 yards (36.3), including two inside the 20 yard line and one inside the 10. Hodges increased his league-leading total to 12 punts inside the 10 this season.

·         Making his Browns debut, linebacker Eric Alexander recorded two special teams tackles.

·         Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 139 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs. Brown recorded a season-high 10 tackles to lead the Browns.

·         Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 59 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

·         The Browns have recorded 20 or more points in five consecutive games for the first time since 2007, when the team scored at least 20 in eight straight games.

·         The Browns recorded just five penalties today and have registered just 25 in their last six contests.

 



11/28
7:48 PM

Enjoy the Ugly Win: The Browns hope that getting away with a “W” Sunday means the ball is rolling their way. Don… http://bit.ly/i1XbVT


11/28
7:48 PM

Enjoy the Ugly Win: The Browns hope that getting away with a “W” Sunday means the ball is rolling their way. Don… http://bit.ly/i1XbVT


11/28
7:48 PM

Enjoy the Ugly Win: The Browns hope that getting away with a “W” Sunday means the ball is rolling their way. Don… http://bit.ly/i1XbVT


11/28
6:44 PM

Browns-Panthers: Photo Gallery: 48 photos of today’s win from the AP and Getty Images. http://bit.ly/gn8tzn


11/28
6:44 PM

Browns-Panthers: Photo Gallery: 48 photos of today’s win from the AP and Getty Images. http://bit.ly/gn8tzn


11/28
6:44 PM

Fan View: I’m Officially Done: The Browns are the only team that can frustrate fans like Jeff B. after a win. http://bit.ly/gY2GIX


11/28
5:38 PM

Browns Escape with Win: The Browns dodged bullets from the 1-9 Panthers and take away a 24-23 win. Fred Greetham… http://bit.ly/gKFI0t


11/28
5:04 PM

VOTE! Gameballs and Goats: Who do you think are today’s heroes and goats? Help us make sense of… whatever that was. http://bit.ly/fq2Tyj

A Little Bit of Luck
Dave Kolonich on November 28th, 2010 AT 4:57 PM

Perhaps the look on Eric Mangini’s face after Carolina’s John Kasay missed a game-winning field goal said it all.

Call it disgust tinged with a huge sense of relief, but after losing two straight games to the Jets and Jaguars in the closing seconds, the Browns finally got a little lucky.

Despite huge cracks in the rushing defense and another final drive defensive breakdown, the Browns were relieved by the drifting late afternoon winds at the Stadium.

Call it a bit of redemption after the Browns dropped early season wins against Tampa Bay and Kansas City…two games that played out eerily similar to today’s offering.

Despite Jake Delhomme’s atrocious third quarter performance and the feeling of dread every time he held the ball in his hands throughout the second half, the Browns finally achieved the most rarest of wins today.

Call it what you will….but good teams sometimes need a little extra to pull out a victory.

Despite a largely unworthy performance, luck was finally on the Browns’ side.



11/28
4:19 PM

Kasay misses the 42-yarder wide left!!! Browns win 24-23.


11/28
4:18 PM

Play stands. Mangini is furious, believing the ball hit the ground. Kasay in to attempt about a 42-yard field goal to win it.


11/28
4:15 PM

Clausen completes a pass to the Browns 25. Panthers spike the ball with five seconds left. Pass completion being reviewed.


11/28
4:14 PM

Browns take a time out to get organized. Twelve seconds left, Panthers at their own 48, no time outs left.


11/28
4:05 PM

Joe Haden picks off Jimmy Clausen with 1:28 left in the game!!!


11/28
4:02 PM

Two minute warning: Panthers third-and-five from their 36. Browns up by one. Panthers with three time outs.


11/28
4:00 PM

Marcus Benard down on the field. 2:17 left in the game. Panthers have a second-and ten on their 31. Benard walks slowly off the field.


11/28
3:58 PM

Phil Dawson bangs a 42-yard field goal through the uprights. Browns lead with 2:42 left. BROWNS 24, PANTHERS 23


11/28
3:46 PM

Today’s attendance: 64,463


11/28
3:45 PM

Kasay kicks a 43-yard field goal to put the Panthers in front 23-21. Unbelievable. Plenty of time left, 7:01, 4Q


11/28
3:37 PM

Browns go for it on fourth down and are stuffed by the Panthers. Carolina ball with 11:33 left. Browns up by 1, Panthers jubilant.


11/28
3:34 PM

Browns look a little disorganized, but have a fourth-and-one at the Panthers 25. They take a time out to ponder things. 11:38 left, up 21-20


11/28
3:31 PM

Hillis’ 1st Half TD Trifecta: Browns Peyton Hillis has three rushing TDs as Browns lead Panthers 21-13 at half http://bit.ly/ekW9bj


11/28
3:24 PM

Browns drive has reached the 36, third and seven. Hillis has gone over 100 yards again this week. 1:35 3Q


11/28
3:20 PM

Browns, Panthers trade punts. Browns ball at their 17 with 3:32 left in the third quarter. BROWNS 21, PANTHERS 20.


11/28
3:16 PM

@obviousdiscrete Right now it’s a diverse cornucopia of suckiness.


11/28
3:16 PM

@obviousdiscrete Right now it’s a diverse cornucopia of suckiness.


11/28
3:14 PM

Browns put together a drive, but it stalls at the 44 thanks largely to an off. holding call on Massaquoi. Panthers ball at the 10. 7:20 3Q


11/28
3:14 PM

Browns put together a drive, but it stalls at the 44 thanks largely to an off. holding call on Massaquoi. Panthers ball at the 10. 7:20 3Q


11/28
3:04 PM

On three consecutive passing attempts, Delhomme has a fumble, interception and interception returned for a TD.


11/28
3:02 PM

After the PAT, it’s 21-20 Browns, and the crowd is booing. 12:18 left 3Q.


11/28
3:02 PM

Captain Munnerlyn sits on a route, Delhomme throws into it. Interception return and a touchdown.


11/28
3:02 PM

Captain Munnerlyn sits on a route, Delhomme throws into it. Interception return and a touchdown.


11/28
2:59 PM

John Kasay misses a 46 yard field goal. Bullet dodged. BROWNS 21, PANTHERS 13, 13:08, 3Q.


11/28
2:54 PM

OBR’s Fred Greetham has a recap of the first half: http://bit.ly/ige2Pk


11/28
2:50 PM

Jon Beason picks off Jake Delhomme on the first play of the second half. Panthers ball at the Browns 32-yard line. 14:42 3Q


11/28
2:50 PM

Jon Beason picks off Jake Delhomme on the first play of the second half. Panthers ball at the Browns 32-yard line. 14:42 3Q


11/28
2:36 PM

We go to halftime with the Browns up 21-13. They’ve been uninspired since going up 21-7.


11/28
2:33 PM

Kasay’s 42 yard field goal is good. Browns lead down to 21-13, 47 seconds left in the half.


11/28
2:33 PM

For the fourth straight week, the Browns have allowed a late first half drive, and allowed a score for the third straight week.


11/28
2:33 PM

For the fourth straight week, the Browns have allowed a late first half drive, and allowed a score for the third straight week.


11/28
2:24 PM

Browns go three and out. About to punt back to Carolina as we hit the two minute warning.


11/28
2:22 PM

Panthers put together a nice drive, mostly on the ground, but Elam and Haden help muffle it, holding Carolina to a 43-yard FG. 21-10, 3:12


11/28
2:13 PM

@mrmojorisinmkw Hillis = “Maximus”? LOL, I like it. Also like “Juggernaut”, “Albino Rhino”, the “Hammer” and 11 rushing touchdowns.


11/28
2:12 PM

RT FSOhioZJackson I used to run over my little brother like that in the backyard. He was 5.


11/28
2:11 PM

And then back up and run over him again. RT MrMichaelMurphy I bet Peyton Hillis could run over Lebron James @TheOBR


11/28
2:10 PM

@stevesirk And since that first drive, it’s been 228-4 in total yards, and 21-0 on the scoreboard.


11/28
2:09 PM

@josh__lynch Hillis is amazing, but I don’t think the Panthers could stop us today regardless. They look like an expansion team.


11/28
2:08 PM

**Yawn** Another rushing touchdown for Peyton Hillis. 6 yards, Browns 21, Panthers 7. 9:12 left, 2Q.


11/28
2:01 PM

Sheldon Brown is back in and drops an interception, but the Panthers go three and out again. Browns get decent field position at their 40.


11/28
2:00 PM

An Evan Moore fumble near the Browns goal line takes Cleveland’s foot off of the Panthers neck. Panthers @ their 17, 11:55 2Q, 14-7 Browns.


11/28
1:54 PM

After that first drive, the Browns have dominated. Total yards since then: Browns 152, Panthers -3


11/28
1:52 PM

This just in: First drive aside, the Panthers are as bad as advertised. They go three-and-out, Browns driving again. End of 1Qtr.


11/28
1:46 PM

If you really enjoy in-game nattering and somewhat dubious live analysis, dial up this article: http://cle.scout.com/2/1026228.html


11/28
1:45 PM

It is now 14-7 Cleveland, with 2:44 left in the first quarter.


11/28
1:45 PM

It is now 14-7 Cleveland, with 2:44 left in the first quarter.


11/28
1:44 PM

Browns drive 64 yards and Hillis runs for another TD. Panthers D really helped them with two drive-extending penalties. A 1-9 team at work.


11/28
1:44 PM

Browns drive 64 yards and Hillis runs for another TD. Panthers D really helped them with two drive-extending penalties. A 1-9 team at work.


11/28
1:44 PM

Hillis fifth player in #Browns history to record double digit rushing TDs in a season joining Jim Brown (5 times), Kelly (4), Mack, Pruitt.


11/28
1:44 PM

Hillis fifth player in #Browns history to record double digit rushing TDs in a season joining Jim Brown (5 times), Kelly (4), Mack, Pruitt.


11/28
1:35 PM

Mike Adams replaces Sheldon Brown, who appears to have a problem with his neck and shoulder. He’s still on the sideline with a trainer.


11/28
1:33 PM

Sheldon Brown is down on the field following the Panthers first play of their second drive. 6:44 1Q, Tied 7-7.


11/28
1:28 PM

Peyton Hillis rumbles ten yards for his ninth rushing touchdown of the season! BROWNS 7, PANTHERS 7, 6:49 1Q


11/28
1:21 PM

Delhomme starts 5-5, 63 yards, 118.8 QB rating. Browns @ Carolina 8, 7:13 remaining 1Q, Panthers leading 7-0.


11/28
1:20 PM

@geofflatulippe Who knew that all Robiskie needed was Jake Delhomme and an opponent like the Panthers? Two receptions, ten yards already.


11/28
1:17 PM

Delhomme has completed his first three passes and the Browns are now at the Panthers 37. 8:40 1Q, PANTHERS 7, BROWNS 0


11/28
1:16 PM

Brian Robiskie has caught a pass for a first down. REPEAT. Brian Robiskie has caught a pass for a first down.


11/28
1:11 PM

Browns defense looks lethargic as the Panthers move right downfield, capped off by a 26-yard Goodson touchdown. PANTHERS 7, BROWNS 0.


11/28
1:05 PM

Panthers get the ball first, and have gotten a first down on two straight Mark Goodson runs to their 31. 14:00 left 1Q


11/28
1:02 PM

This is the first time this season the Browns are playing a team below .500. (Cincy was 2-1 in week four.)


11/28
12:30 PM

@InCaseUMissedIt Let’s just say that I don’t mind seeing Joe Haden get a chance to start.


11/28
12:27 PM

Tales from a Dorkbook: Unadulterated pre- and in-game homerism and nerdiness, delivered live weekly! Talk back t… http://bit.ly/fpgvSU


11/28
12:26 PM

If warmups hold true, it appears the right side of the Browns OL today is Womack (RG) and St. Clair (RT).


11/28
12:22 PM

@Sockhatabe Ryan would be a consideration if Mangini goes, but one suspects Holmgren would reach into his “tree” (e.g., Jon Gruden)


11/28
12:19 PM

RT @Adam_Schefter – Jake Delhomme is getting paid $12.75 million by the team he’s trying to BEAT today.

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11/28
11:58 AM

Uniform nerds, I got your back: Browns: Classic brown jersey, white pants combo. Panthers: All while with Carolina blue trim.


11/28
11:57 AM

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Notable pregame, uh, notes
Don Delco on November 28th, 2010 AT 11:48 AM

The Browns haven’t scored 20 or more points in five consecutive games since 2007.

Cleveland hasn’t recorded an interception in six consecutive games since 2008.

The Browns haven’t recorded back-to-back games with four or more sacks since 2007 when they registered four at Pittsburgh on Nov. 11 and six at Baltimore the following weekend.

Peyton Hillis needs two rushing touchdowns to become the fifth player in Browns history to record double digit rushing scores in a season. he would join Jim Brown (five times), Leroy Kelly (four times), Kevin Mack and Mike Pruitt.

Hillis needs 226 rushing yards to be come the ninth Browns player to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. He would join Jim Brown (seven times), Mike Pruitt (four times), Leroy Kelly (three times), Greg Pruitt (three times), Jamal Lewis (twice), Kevin Mack, Earnest Byner and Reuben Droughns.

The Browns have not allowed a touchdown on their opening possession in 23 consecutive regular season games. It’s the longest active streak in the NFL.

The Browns are tied with Atlanta for first in the NFL by allowing the fewest rushing touchdowns — three.

Today’s alumni are defensive linemen Jerry Sherk (1970-81) and Michael Dean Perry (1988-94).



11/28
11:47 AM

@InCaseUMissedIt With Clausen and Delhomme playing, I suspect one of the two will exceed the low expectations. I wish I could say who.


11/28
11:47 AM

@InCaseUMissedIt With Clausen and Delhomme playing, I suspect one of the two will exceed the low expectations. I wish I could say who.


11/28
11:46 AM

Cribbs active.


11/28
11:46 AM

Cribbs active.


11/28
11:46 AM

Browns inactives: McCoy, Eric Wright, Clayton (RB), Sanford (DL), Alex Smith (TE), Demetrius Williams (WR), Jayme Mitchell (DL), Fujita (LB)


11/28
11:46 AM

Browns inactives: McCoy, Eric Wright, Clayton (RB), Sanford (DL), Alex Smith (TE), Demetrius Williams (WR), Jayme Mitchell (DL), Fujita (LB)


11/28
11:14 AM

Getting today’s game chat set up. Doors open at 12:30. Bring beer. :-)


11/28
11:00 AM

A beautiful November day on the north coast for some football. Can the Browns not only get a win but a dominate win? We got ya covered!


11/28
10:31 AM

We have a happy WR. We’ll find out shortly if he’s active today. –> "@clmitch18: Yessssss #Happy"


11/27
10:11 PM

Browns (3-7) vs. Panthers (1-9): TSX’s prediction and game analysis is within. Give us yours in the comments! http://bit.ly/heQosI


11/27
9:56 PM

TSX predicts 23-10 Browns over Carolina. I see a closer game, 19-17 Browns. What about you? http://cle.scout.com/2/1026080.html


11/27
10:26 AM

Browns-Panthers: Don’s Game Preview: Unlike most of the Browns’ opponents, the Panthers are struggling. Don Delc… http://bit.ly/fw3bJy

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Charlotte’s Massaquoi Takes on the Panthers
Dave Kolonich on November 27th, 2010 AT 9:27 AM

From the Charlotte Observer:

It’s been an eventful week for Mohamed Massaquoi.

The Cleveland Browns’ receiver and Charlotte native turned 24 on Wednesday and hosted his family for Thanksgiving. On Sunday Massaquoi will play alongside former Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, who used to attend Massaquoi’s games when Independence was a national power pumping out Division I prospects and reeling off state titles.

If there’s anyone more fired up than Delhomme about the Browns’ game against Carolina, it’s Cleveland’s second-year wideout.

"I’m very excited to go out there and play against the team I grew up watching, my favorite team growing up," Massaquoi said Friday in a phone interview.

It’s been a tough season for Massaquoi. He was knocked out of an Oct. 17 game against Pittsburgh on a vicious hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison that resulted in a $75,000 fine for Harrison and prompted the NFL to crack down on illegal hits.

And though Browns coach Eric Mangini believes Massaquoi has improved in his second season, his numbers are down from his rookie year.

Massaquoi has caught 19 passes for 232 yards (a 12.2 yards-per-catch average) and two touchdowns in nine games after finishing with 624 receiving yards and an 18.4-yard average in 2009.

"The season’s gone a little slow. But we’ve got a few more games to go, so hopefully there’s a lot more production toward the end," Massaquoi said. "I think I’ve progressed as a player. Statistically, it might not show that. But my route running and just how I approach things is a lot different from this year to last year."

Massaquoi’s season was interrupted with the concussion he received on Harrison’s hit. He missed the Browns’ game at New Orleans the following week before returning after Cleveland’s bye week.

The hit was played on what seemed like a continuous loop on the TV highlight shows following a weekend that saw several players sustain concussion on big collisions.

Massaquoi’s agent, Brian Ayrault, said he didn’t think the NFL came down hard enough on Harrison, who had a big hit on Browns receiver Josh Cribbs that knocked Cribbs out but did not draw a fine.

Massaquoi applauded the league for taking steps to protect its players.

"I think the NFL’s done a good job with the safety of it," he said. "I don’t want to see it take away from how the game’s played, which I don’t think it will. So that’s a good thing."

Massaquoi did not lose a game in four years at Independence and was part of a successful program at Georgia. He’s not accustomed to the losing that has become almost synonymous with a Browns’ franchise that has had two winning seasons since it returned to Cleveland in 1999.

And though Massaquoi’s stats might not be impressive, Mangini said Massaquoi has not quit working.

"He has a much better understanding of how to run the routes and where to sit in man and zone, how to adjust the routes," Mangini said. "He’s got excellent hands. He’s very good in the running game, and that’s something you look for in receivers. Are they willing to block when they’re not getting the ball?

"He’s a guy that I think year in and year out will make strides because of his work ethic and character."

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/11/27/1868916/charlottean-vs-the-panthers.html#ixzz16Ucj3ByL



11/26
7:51 PM

RT Go_Browns @TheOBR Clifton Geathers is now a Seahawk. He has a been in 3-4 towns already


11/26
7:30 PM

(Subscriber) Xs-and-Os: A Point of Pride: The Panthers are a bad team with a good defense, according to Doug Far… http://bit.ly/eMqtD1


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