Browns-Lions: Report Card

NFL Scout offers their take on last Sunday's performance

PASSING OFFENSE: F -- No touchdowns, three interceptions and four sacks adds up to a long day. And that's what Trent Dilfer and the offense had Sunday. On a day when first-round draft pick Braylon Edwards returned to the offense, the passing game was near non-existent. Some hard questions need to be answered about this phase if the Browns are to recover from their 2-4 start.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B -- Reuben Droughns finally got his carries and he responded -- gaining 100 yards on 19 carries. Problem was in the second half, the Browns struggled to run the ball, which didn't help as they tried to overcome a 13-10 deficit.

PASS DEFENSE: C -- The Browns lost starting cornerback Gary Baxter early, but held up well with Leigh Bodden in his position. Jeff Garcia made some plays for the Lions, but not a lot. The Browns held Garcia to 210 yards in the air, and most came on the short, underneath dump-off throws. It wasn't a great effort, but it should have been good enough to win.

RUSH DEFENSE: C-minus -- The Lions became the sixth team to top 100 yards on the ground against the Browns, but that's almost expected anymore. The key to the Browns defense is not giving up points, and the Lions scored just one touchdown and 13 points. That should be enough to win most games.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C-minus -- Kyle Richardson's punting is starting to become a concern. Richardson had a net average of 31 yards, and had two hit off the side of his foot. The lone bright spot in the special teams was Dennis Northcutt setting the all-time team mark for punt return yards.

COACHING: C -- The defense was solid, the offense poor and when the Browns needed a play in the second half they could find none. They also lacked fire and energy in the second half, a fact that baffled the team's coach. There weren't a lot of questionable decisions or calls, but there was a general malaise that shouldn't be in a 16-game season.

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