Browns-Lions: Game Notebook

Fred Greetham's observations during the Browns 20-16 pre-season win over the Detroit Lions

Fred Greetham's notebook from the Browns 20-16 pre-season win over the Detroit Lions...

The Ghost: Rookie RB Jerome Harrison accounted for over 100 all-purpose yards as he had 54 yards receiving and 53 yards rushing. Harrison also scored his second touchdown of the preseason. He caught six passes and rushed nine times. Harrison led the Browns in both categories.
Battle for Backup QB: Ken Dorsey helped his cause in the battle for the backup quarterback spot behind Charlie Frye. He generated a field goal just before the half in a 63-yard drive. He finished 11–of-16 for 75 yards, with one interception and a sack. After a slow start, QB Derek Anderson led the Browns to 10-striaght points. Anderson's first snap from scrimmage was fumbled when he and Suggs failed to connect on the exchange. On his next play, Anderson had the pass batted down. However, on the third play, he connected with Harrison for a five-yard pick up. Anderson bounced back and led the Browns on a 65-yard touchdown drive to give the Browns the lead. He also overcame two holding penalties on the next drive and led the offense to a field goal. Anderson finished 7–of-9 for 83 yards, including the touchdown.
D'Qwell's Pick: Rookie LB D'Qwell Jackson intercepted Dan Orlovsky at the Lions' 39. The Browns fumbled on the first play after the interception.
Lee's Back: RB Lee Suggs started the third quarter and had a four-yard carry on his first try. Suggs was traded early in the week to the Jets, but they failed him on his physical sending him back to the Browns. Suggs and QB Derek Anderson fumbled the exchange and turned the ball over. Suggs had eight carries for 26 yards, with a long of nine.
What a Rush: No. 1 draft choice Kamerion Wimbley blew by Jeff Backus on third-and-long to sack Kitna for a five-yard loss. It was Wimbley's first sack as a Brown. Fellow rookie Babatunde Oshinowo sacked QB Josh McCown with 31 seconds to play to help the Browns preserve the win as the Lions were in the red zone.
Tough Break: Joshua Cribbs took a punt in the second quarter back 76 yards for a touchdown but Justin Hamilton was called for holding negating the score. Cribbs had the wind knocked out of him on the play, but he did return.
Tucker Whip: New C Ross Tucker was called for a leg whip penalty which negated a 15-yard screen pass by Jerome Harrison. Tucker started and played the first four series. He was replaced by Dave Yovanovits. Alonzo Ephraim was suited up, but he was suspended for the first four regular season games by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Ephraim started the third quarter.
The Mose: WR Kendrick Mosley had a 44-yard punt return in the fourth quarter.
Miami Connection: Ken Dorsey and Kellen Winslow hooked up twice on the long drive before the half. Dorsey hit Winslow for 22 yards on the drive and he also hit Brandon Rideau twice for 12 yards on the drive. Winslow had three receptions for 37 yards.
Pool and Jones Together: Both Brodney Pool and Sean Jones were on the field together in the third quarter at safety. The pair have been competing for the starting strong safety position. Jones blitzed up the middle and got his hand on a pass by Dan Orlovsky.
Old Friends: Former Browns offensive tackle, Ross Verba starts at left guard for the Lions after being out of football last season. Barry Stokes is the backup right guard for the Lions.
Good on Third: The Browns were 7-of-10 in converting third down plays in the first half and were 9-of-13 through three quarters. The Browns finished 11-of-17.
Not Good: After having a first-and-10 at the Lions' 20 in the fourth quarter, the Browns had back-to-back holding penalties to move the ball back to the 40 and be faced with a first-and-30 situation. Chandler kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Browns a 20-16 lead with 7:28 to play.

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