Browns-Raiders: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

Fred Greetham breaks down the good and bad news from the Browns 9-7 win over the Raiders.

Here's an analysis of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Browns 9-7 win over the Oakland Raiders.

The Best

More Wins: By winning the Browns improved on their 2004 record of 4-12.

The Good

Cool Charlie: QB Charlie Frye made mistakes, but was able to lead the Browns down the field when it counted and put the Browns in position to win the game. He finished 21-of-32 for 198 yards, including one interception.

Consistent Phil: K Phil Dawson was the Browns only offense in the game and he hit two of his three field goals as time expired—one at the half and one at the end of the game.

Clutch Frisman: Seldom used WR Frisman Jackson made two big catches on the Browns final drive. He kept his feet inbounds on the catch that put the Browns in position to kick the field goal. He had two catches for 21 yards.

Mobile Charlie: Frye ran a QB draw for nine yards and gave the Browns a first down to the five-yard line. He finished with four rushes for 14 yards.

Heiden Hits 40: TE Steve Heiden caught his fortieth pass of the season to become the first Browns TE since Ozzie Newsome to catch 40 passes since 1986 when Newsome accomplished the feat. He finished with two receptions to give him 41 on the season.

Cutter: Dennis Northcutt was involved early with two returns to give the Browns good field position. He caught a 13-yard slant pass from Charlie Frye. He had a 38-yard punt return to start the first drive. Northcutt had a 12-yard reception in the third quarter on third down and finished with two catches for 25 yards.

Bodden Bodes Well: CB Leigh Bodden broke up several passes and picked off a pass from Collins that deflected off Jerry Porter. Bodden leads the Browns with three interceptions. He led the Browns with six tackles.

Special Cribbs: Good special teams coverage by WR/KR Joshua Cribbs who fought off a block and dropped the punt return man inside the five. After Moss' touchdown, Cribbs had a good return to take the ball out near midfield. Then, Cribbs caught his first pass from scrimmage from Frye.

Sackers: The Browns picked up three sacks. In the first half, DL Nick Eason brought QB Kerry Collins down on the Raiders' second series. LB Chaun Thompson burst up the middle for another drop of Collins on the last play of the third quarter. DL Alvin McKinley dropped Collins in the fourth quarter. The Browns had just 16 sacks entering the game—last in the NFL.

Another Catch; Another Drop: WR Antonio Bryant made a great catch on third-and-four to keep a Browns drive alive after dropping a pass two plays earlier. Bryant caught a 33-yard pass from Frye in the fourth quarter. Bryant finished with five receptions for 86 yards to lead the team.

The Bad

Red Zone: The Browns entered the game with a 31.3 percentage at scoring touchdowns in the red zone and were 0-of-3 against the Raiders. It was the worst in the NFL. On their first trip against the Raiders, the Browns were stopped at the one-yard line. On their second trip they settled for a field goal. On their final attempt, the Browns kicked the game-winning field goal. They were 2-of-3 against the Bengals in scoring touchdowns in the red zone last Sunday.

Bad Calls: The Browns had a first down on the five-yard line and called four-straight run plays up the middle and were held scoreless. Frye has shown his abilities rolling out and having the option to run or throw, but they got very conservative in that series, wasting a golden opportunity. In the second quarter, the Browns were faced with third-and-short and again tried running up the middle and were short, forcing them to punt again.

Bad Call2: The Browns tried to get fancy with a fake reverse and mishandled the ball near midfield just after Frye had hit Bryant for a 33-yard gain.

Faine Down: C Jeff Faine was injured in the second quarter and replaced by Mike Pucillo. Faine suffered an arm injury and did not return.

Bad Brian: S Brian Russell made a late hit after Jerry Porter was on the ground, resulting in a 15-yard penalty.

Only Four: The Browns had just four first downs in the first half.

Lower Draft Pick: The down side to the win is the Browns moved themselves down the draft board.

The Ugly

Run Woes Continue: After stopping the Raiders on their first series, the Raiders ran from their own one on two-straight runs by Zack Crockett and LaMont Jordan for 15 yards to overcome the negative field position. They took the ball out to the 41 on the ground. Jordan looked like Rudi Johnson running through gaping holes in the first half. He rushed for over 66 yards in the first half and finished with 132 yards. The Raiders went for it on fourth-and-one from the Browns' 29 and made it on a QB sneak by Kerry Collins with 1:27 to play in the first half. Jordan had a 25-yard run late in the third quarter and injured his big toe, but returned to gain an additional 33 yards.


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