Browns Win One on the Road

The Browns hold off the St. Louis Rams 27-20 for their first road win of the season, and the first back-to-back wins in Romeo Crennel's tenure as head coach. Fred Greetham has the full recap as the Browns go to 4-3 on the season.

It was a lot of firsts for the Browns in St. Louis.

They did what they hadn't been able to do this season: Win on the road.

They did what they hadn't been able to do in four years: Win two in a row.

They did what it took them all of last year to accomplish: Win four games.

The Browns improved their record to 4-3 and won their second in a row as they rallied from a 14-0 deficit to hold on for a 27-20 win over the winless Rams, matching their win total of a year ago after just seven games.

The Browns found themselves down 14-0 to start the game as they have in previous road games this season, but this time, behind the arm of Derek Anderson and the receiving of Braylon Edwards, Joe Jurevicius and Kellen Winslow, the Browns offense continued to be productive.

Even though the offense was productive, it took a last-second interception by Leigh Bodden as the Rams to ice the win, as St. Louis was driving to try to tie the game.

The Rams took the opening kickoff and quickly went the length of the field for a touchdown as Steven Jackson scored from two-yards out with 11:37 to play in the first quarter. Jackson, who has missed the last month with a groin injury, propelled the Rams offense until he had to leave the game with back problems later in the first half. Marc Bulger hit Torry Holt for a 39-yard pass down the sideline on the first play from scrimmage as he beat Bodden to get the drive going.

Holt caught a four-yard pass from Bulger to make it 14-0 with 5:06 to play after several defensive mistakes by the Browns. The team's defensive unit actually had stopped the Rams on the drive, but offsides on Kamerion Wimbley gave the Rams a second chance to convert on third down. Several other penalties aided the drive including illegal contact by Bodden and a personal foul by Shaun Smith.

The Browns got on the board with a 35-yard field goal from Phil Dawson with 2:38 to play in the first quarter to make it 14-3. Anderson hit Edwards for a couple of passes, including a 29-yard play down the sideline.

The Rams had fourth down-and-one at the Browns' 33 and went for it. The Browns made their first big defensive stop as they held Brian Leonard short of converting. Jackson went to the locker room earlier and was unavailable on the play.

The Browns took advantage and went 67 yards in nine plays for a touchdown to make it 14-10 as Anderson hit Edwards for a 12-yard touchdown with 8:22 to play in the first half.  Jamal Lewis carried on the first two plays after the stop and gained first downs on each carry to jump start the drive. Lewis picked up 61 yards on 17 carries as he returned to the lineup.

Anderson then hit Kellen Winslow with 1:11 to play as Winslow split two receivers for a 21-yard touchdown to give the Browns their first lead of the game at 17-14. The Browns went 65 yards on eight plays in 4:13 for the score.

The Rams tied the game at 17-17 with two seconds to play as Jeff Wilkins kicked a 40-yard yard field goal.

The Browns took a 24-17 lead Anderson threw his third touchdown pass of the game with 8:44 to play as he hit Edwards on a slant from the nine-yard line. The Browns overcame three false start penalties on the drive. The Browns went 59 yards on 11 plays. Edwards scored his second touchdown of the game.

The Rams answered the Browns score with a 46-yard field goal by Wilkins with 3:26 to play to make it 24-20.

The Browns pushed the lead back to 27-20 with 10:35 to play as Dawson kicked a 45-yard field goal, Dawson's second field goal of the game. The Browns might have been able to score more but after Edwards caught a pass deep in Rams' territory, took his helmet off, ala Dwayne Rudd, and it resulted in a 15-yard penalty they could not overcome and had to settle for the field goal.

The Rams took over with 5:56 to play on their own 31 after forcing the Browns to punt. They moved to the Browns' 20, but on fourth-and-one opted to go for the first down and Sean Jones knifed through and stopped Brian Leonard short.

The Browns took over but couldn't get a first down and punted it back to the Rams with 1:28 to play. The Rams started at their own 24 and Bulger threw downfield to an open receiver, but Eric Wright was able to bat the ball away. On second down, Bulger was flagged for intentional grounding as Antwan Peek had Bulger in the grasp. After a short pass on third down, the Rams had fourth-and-six, but Wright grabbed Isaac Bruce and gave the Rams a first down with 44 seconds to play on the 49.

However, Bodden stepped in front of Holt and picked off Bulger with 37 seconds to play to preserve the win for the Browns.

Notebook

Derek's Day: QB Derek Anderson had another productive game as he threw for three touchdowns and no interceptions. Anderson was 18-of-25 for 248 yards, including the three touchdowns. He was sacked twice.

Jackson, Bulger Dinged: RB Steven Jackson returned to action after missing a month with a groin injury. He rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on the team's first possession. He also caught two passes for 9 yards, but left twice in the first half with an injury. It is believed he re-injured himself and it was highly questionable if he would return.

QB Marc Bulger went to the locker room in the third quarter after DL Robaire Smith landed on his thumb. Bulger was playing with two broken ribs.  He returned with a bandaged right thumb and finished   24-of-36 for 310 yards and a touchdown and a touchdown.

Big Hands Willie: LB Willie McGinest batted down back-to-back passes from QB Marc Bulger near the end of the first half. Shaun Smith also batted down a pass.

Mistakes Galore: The Browns stopped the Rams on their second possession, but LB Kamerion Wimbley jumped offside and it gave the Rams another chance to convert and they did. On the next play, Bodden was called for illegal contact giving the Rams another first down. Shaun Smith was called for roughing QB Marc Bulger on the same possession.

In the midst of a good drive to start the second half, OT Ryan Tucker and Joe Thomas were flagged with back-to-back false starts. TE Kellen Winslow made it three on third down. The Browns committed 14 penalties that cost them 101 yards.

Bodden grabbed WR Isaac Bruce for an illegal contact penalty to give the Rams a first down in the third quarter on an incomplete pass.

Sack Man: NT Ethan Kelley had the first sack for the Browns late in the third quarter on QB Gus Frerrotte. Kelley pushed C Andy McCollum straight back into Frerrotte and then brought him down. Kelley started in place of Ted Washington again, who was inactive.

Lewis Starts:  RB Jamal Lewis returned to the starting lineup after missing a couple of week's with a sprained foot. He carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards in the first half and finished with 17 carries for 61 yards.

Big Time Braylon: WR Braylon Edwards had another good game for the Browns with eight catches for 117 yards, including two touchdowns. He got off to a good start with three receptions for 53 yards in the first half, including a 29-yard grab to set up a field goal and a 12-yard touchdown.   

However, after his eighth catch, he took off his helmet and received a 15-yard personal foul penalty to take away from the play. He also dropped a pass on third-and-3 that would've secured the win with just over a minute to play.

WR Joe Jurevicius had five catches for 76 yards with many being on third down. Kellen Winslow had two receptions for 26 yards, including a touchdown.

Torry Holt led the Rams with six receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Versatile Josh: WR/PR/KR Joshua Cribbs accounted for 93 yards on two kickoff returns for 57 yards, one punt return for 18 yards and one rush from scrimmage for 18 yards.

Leigh and Leon's Day: CB Leigh Bodden was called for several penalties and was beaten on a couple of passes, but he intercepted Bulger on the game's final play. He led the Browns with nine tackles. LB Leon Williams was visible on defense and special teams making plays.  He had seven tackles and one on special teams.


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