Broncos Flatten Browns

The Denver Broncos came to town today and rolled over the Cleveland Browns, 17-7, dropping the Browns record to 1-5. While the Browns scored a touchdown on the tough Denver defense, they were weak on offense and unable to overcome a 17-0 lead.

CLEVELAND — Maybe Billy Ray Cyrus should've sang "Achy Breaky Heart" instead of the national anthem as it might've been more appropriate as the Browns dropped to 1-5 with a 17-7 loss to the Broncos.

With two weeks to prepare for the Broncos and a lot of emphasis on the Browns struggling offense, there was a lot of questions Browns fans were looking to have answered.

There are still many questions and few answers.

The Browns anemic offense was shutout from scoring a touchdown for eight quarters dating back to the third quarters of the Raiders game on Oct. 1 when Charlie Frye threw a touchdown pass to Joe Jurevicius in the Browns win.

However, it wasn't until Andra Davis intercepted an overthrown pass by Jake Plummer with 13:40 to play in the game and returned it 19 yards to the Browns' 18 that the Browns showed any life. Frye hit Jurevicius from six yards out with 11:43 to play to make it 17-7.

The Broncos had not given up a touchdown since week three against the Patriots. It was just the second touchdown the Broncos had allowed all season.

The Broncos scored the first 17 points of the game as Jason Elam kicked a 32-yard field goal with 13:01 of the second quarter to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead. Dave Zastudil had a 50-yard punt to the Broncos' two, but the Broncos went 85 yards before settling for the field goal.

They added to their lead just prior to the half as Tatum Bell ran untouched around right end for a nine-yard score to make it 10-0 with 1:54 to play. The Broncos moved 86 yards in 4:56 for the score. Bell rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown in leading the Broncos. Javon Walker had nine receptions for 115 yards.

The Broncos stretched their lead to 17-0 with 9:13 to go in the third quarter as Plummer found Brandon Marshall for a nine-yard score. Marshall beat Ralph Brown for the score.


Frye's Day: QB Charlie Frye was knocked out briefly with a concussion, but he didn't have a memorable day. He was 19-of-33 for 149 yards, including a touchdown and interception. He was also sacked five times.

Third Down Blues: The Browns were 1-of-5 on third down conversions in the first half. They were 0-of-2 in the third quarter.

Penalties: The Browns had no penalties in the first half and then had a false start on LT Kevin Shaffer on the second play of the second half.

Anderson Debut: QB Derek Anderson replaced QB Charlie Frye to start the second series, but Frye returned after one play. Frye suffered a mild concussion and the Browns announced his return was questionable, but he returned soon after the announcement.

Fumble Reub: With 1:02 to play, Reuben Droughns was stripped of the ball and the Broncos took over on the Browns' 43. It looked as though Droughns' progress was stopped but Al Wilson ripped the ball out of his hands and it landed right in Elvis Dumervil's hands.

Mt. McKinley: DL Alvin McKinley sacked QB Jake Plummer inside the Broncos' 10 in the second quarter. DL Orpheus Roye sacked Plummer near the end of the first half.

Bad Hands Team: Several Browns on both sides of the ball had a case of the dropsies. CB Ralph Brown dropped two would be interceptions in the second half. Both balls were in his hands, but he couldn't hang on. Offensively, WR Joe Jurevicius dropped two passes, as did TE Kellen Winslow.

Former Sackers: Frye was sacked twice by former Browns. Kenard Lang and Michael Myers were credited with sacks..

Big Money Sidelined: DL Gerard Warren injured his big toe and didn't return.

Baxter Back, Then Out: CB Gary Baxter returned to the lineup after being sidelined for several weeks with a pectoral injury. He intercepted a pass thrown by QB Jake Plummer that was deflected off of a couple of players in the first quarter. Late in the second quarter, he was covering WR Javon Walker and he went to the ground with a knee injury. He was carted off the field and did not return. Baxter had six tackles and an interception.

Bad Move: PR Joshua Cribbs tried to pick up a punt that was rolling and fumbled it, which was recovered by the Broncos on the Browns' 40. The Browns had forced the Broncos to punt on their first possession. Cribbs was filling in for the injured Dennis Northcutt. Cribbs had a 44-yard kick return after the Broncos first score.

Welcome Back: Former Browns WR/KR Quincy Morgan, who was vocal this week about his time with the Browns, took the opening kickoff and was greeted inside the 10. Several of the Browns exchanged words with Morgan after the play.

Bodden, Northcutt Inactive: The Browns thought they were going to get their starting cornerbacks back on the field this week. They only got one as CB Gary Baxter started at right corner. However, Leigh Bodden, was inactive due to his ankle was re-injured this week. WR Dennis Northcutt (ribs) was inactive as was DB Justin Hamilton, RB Jerome Harrison, OL Isaac Sowells, OL Kelly Butler and LB David McMillan. Ken Dorsey was the third quarterback. WR Joe Jurevicius started in place of Northcutt, while Josh Cribbs returned punts CB Daven Holly stated in place of Bodden. For the Broncos: WR Todd Devoe, DB Hamza Abdullah, RB Cedric Cobbs, FB Kyle Johnosn, LB Nate Webster, OL Chris Kuper, OL Adam Meadows and DL Kenny Peterson. FB Cecil Sapp started in place of Kyle Johnson.

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