Browns-Cardinals: Game Notes

Here is Fred Greetham's game day notebook from the Browns 27-21 loss to the Cardinals.

Notes from the Browns 27-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals... 

Braylon Back: WR Braylon Edwards, who missed two practices with a hamstring injury, started and caught a pass on the Browns' first series. Edwards had two receptions for 39 yards in the first quarter and finished with seven receptions for 149 yards, including a touchdown. He has 12 touchdowns to tie Gary Collins and Paul Warfield for second place all-time in Browns' history. Joe Jurevicius had four catches for 44 yards and Kellen Winslow had three for 35

Bad Start Andy: QB Derek Anderson threw an interception the Browns' first possession that was returned for a touchdown and then fumbled the snap on the second possession and the Cardinals turned it into another touchdown and a 14-0 lead. The 14-0 deficit was reminiscent to the 14-0 deficit the Browns had against the Rams. The Browns moved the ball on their fourth possession into Cardinals' territory but Anderson tried to go deep into triple coverage to Edwards and DB Roderick Hood made his second interception of the game. Anderson had three turnovers in the first half, including two interceptions and a fumble. He threw his first touchdown pass with 1:14 to play in the first half to RB Jamal Lewis. Anderson finished 21-of-41 for 304 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Where's the Rush: The Browns talked all week about pressuring the immobile Kurt Warner, but the Browns were unable to get to Warner. Simon Fraser started at LDE in place of Orpheus Roye, who was inactive. LB Kamerion WImbley broke threw and hit Warner as he threw away a pass in the third quarter. The Browns had no sacks and the Cardinals had one.

Turnover Ratio: The Browns came into the game at plus two in the giveaway/takeaway ratio, but were minus three against Arizona. The Browns had the ball for two thirds (20:23 to 9:37) of the time in the first half, but still trailed because of the three turnovers. Anderson threw two interceptions and had a fumble, while PR Joshua Cribbs fumbled a punt. S Sean Jones had an interception for the Browns.

Ball Hawks: S Sean Jones' interception was the seventh-straight game the Browns had an interception, which is the third longest streak in the NFL. The interception was Jones' fourth of the season to tie CB Leigh Bodden for the team lead. It was the Browns' 13th interception of the season.

Big Willie: LB Willie McGinest deflected a pass that was intercepted by S Sean Jones and he batted down a pass that QB Kurt Warner threw.

Bonehead Bodden: On third-and-four, CB Leigh Bodden booted the ball to give the Cardinals a first down after QB Kurt Warner threw an incomplete pass. It was an inexcusable play, which the Cardinals then turned into a touchdown.

Dinged Jamal: RB Jamal Lewis went to the locker room after his touchdown near the end of the first half. Lewis caught three passes for 24 yards, including the touchdown. He also carried the ball 10 times for 45 yards. He returned in the second half and finished with 16 carries for 62 yards.

Big Lawrence: FB Lawrence Vickers caught a short pass and turned it into a 25-yard pickup in the first quarter.

Mistakes, Mistakes: The Browns continue to be their own worst enemy. All three of the Cardinals' touchdowns came as a result of Browns' turnovers. Two early turnovers and two costly penalties in the first quarter hurt them dearly as they were down quickly 14-0. Besides the interception and fumble by Anderson, a needless penalty on Bodden on third down and an illegal block on KR Joshua Cribbs' kickoff return put the Browns inside their 20 to start their third possession. The Browns committed five penalties for 35 yards in the first half. Anderson threw his second interception to Hood after the Browns had moved into the Cardinals' territory again. After Cribbs muffed a punt, Jones was called for a personal foul for a horse collar and the Cardinals had a first down on the two. Brodney Pool had a personal foul on the Cardinals' final drive and Simon Fraser had a personal foul on the Browns' final kickoff return.

No Fitz: The Browns seemed to gain a break when top WR Larry Fitzgerald was inactive for the game. Bryant Johnson took his place and had six receptions for 56 yards, including a touchdown. WR Anquan Boldin injured his hip in the third quarter and had to leave the game.

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