Eagles Ground Browns, 20-7

Fred Greetham recaps the Browns first pre-season game against the Eagles...

The Browns and Eagles played a typical preseason game as it was filled with penalties and mistakes. The Eagles prevailed with a 20-7 win over the Browns, as former Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia led the Eagles to two third quarter touchdowns.
With the starters playing just the first quarter, the Eagles led 3-0 and the score remained 3-0 at the half. It was the first preseason game for the Browns and the second for the Eagles, as they improved their preseason record to 1-1.
"At times things looked OK, but we have a lot of work to do," Romeo Crennel said.
Donovan McNabb and the Eagles offense took the opening kickoff and held onto the ball for nearly eight minutes as they moved to the Browns' one and forced a field goal. David Akers kicked a 22-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead with 7:10 to play in the first quarter.
Garcia hooked up with Darnerien McCants for a 32-yard touchdown with 10:35 to play in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 10-0 lead.
The Eagles scored another touchdown on their next possession and increased their lead to 17-0 with 1:02 to play in the third quarter as Thomas Tapeh rambled in from four yards out.
The Eagles capped their scoring with a 24-yard field goal by rookie E.J. Cochrane with 5:01 to play.
The Browns got on the board and avoided the shutout with 2:57 to play as Lang Campbell hit Jerome Harrison with an eight-yard touchdown pass.
Here's an analysis of the team's performance:
The Browns did very little on offense. Through three quarters, the Browns had just 99 yards in offense. They finished with 179 yards, overall. The Browns moved the ball with Charlie Frye, but couldn't get into the end zone. The offense was hampered by having several penalties to thwart drives.
"We had too many penalties that put us in bad situations in the first half," Crennel said. "Hopefully, we'll get those worked out."
Frye was limited to just two series.
"What we did today was really basic," Frye said. "We moved the ball a little bit, but hopefully, we'll get better next week."
The Browns didn't throw the ball down the field until the final moments of the game when Lang Campbell hit Kendrick Mosley 20 yards down field.
The first team defense had trouble stopping the Eagles first team offense as the Eagles picked up several first downs in moving down the field. The Eagles moved from their own 20 to the Browns one before forcing the Eagles to settle for a field goal. Pete Hunter was beaten on a pass by McNabb to Hank Baskett for 33 yards taking the ball down to the Browns' two.
"I wasn't happy with the defense at the beginning," Crennel said of the starting unit. "Once they settled down, they did better."
Matt Stewart started at outside linebacker and had four tackles.
"We did some good things, but we have a lot of things to work on," Stewart said.

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