Browns Looking at Offensive Trifecta

On Sunday, the Browns not only crept closer to the playoffs, they began to zero in on something never done before in the team's history. Fred Greetham was in Berea today and brings the details...

BEREA - When was the last time the Cleveland Browns had a running back go over 1,000 yards and two receivers go over 1,000 yards in one season?

If you answered never, go to the head of the class.

With three games to play, the Browns are poised to accomplish the offensive trifecta for the first time in team history. Running back Jamal Lewis has 921 yards. Receivers Braylon Edwards (1,106) and Kellen Winslow (943) are also close to crossing over to the 1,000 yard plateau. It's possible all three could set the team mark at home this week against the Buffalo Bills. Lewis needs just 79 yards rushing, while Winslow needs just 57 yards receiving.

The closest the Browns have come to what the 2007 squad has accomplished in recent history was in 2005 when Reuben Droughns rushed for 1,232 yards and Antonio Bryant had 1,009 receiving yards. However, the second-most receiving yards that season was by Edwards, who had 512 yards before his rookie season ended with an ACL injury.

You have to go back to 1968 when Leroy Kelly rushed for 1,239 yards and Paul Warfield had 1,067 receiving yards to come closer. Milt Morin had 792 receiving yards.

In 1985, the Browns had two running backs go over 1,000 yards with Kevin Mack (1,104) and Earnest Byner (1,002). However, the leading receiver was Ozzie Newsome, who had 711 yards receiving.

Edwards has already tied Gary Collins for the most touchdowns in one season in Browns' history with 13. There's a good chance he will eclipse that mark before the season ends.

"I think it's a good statement for the Browns that we've acquired some players who can live up to the Browns legacy," Romeo Crennel said. "To have a guy to have that record, also shows about (Edwards') maturity level. That has shown in his play."

Just for good measure, add in quarterback Derek Anderson to this season's record-breaking. Anderson has 26 touchdown passes with three games to play and currently needs four touchdown passes to tie Brian Sipe for the most touchdown passes in a season. Sipe had 30 in 1980 and 26 in 1983. Anderson is currently tied with Sipe for the fourth best mark. He trails Sipe's 28 in 1979 and Frank Ryan's 29 in 1966.

Anderson has thrown for 3,247 yards through 13 games, which is currently the ninth-best in Browns history. The record is held by Sipe, who had 4132 in 1980.He needs 885 yards (295 avg.) to catch Sipe.


Browns in the Hunt: Crennel refused to talk about the playoffs, but rather spoke about this week's game with Buffalo, that does have big playoff implications.

"I don't know anything about playoffs, Crennel said. " The Buffalo Bills are the next game. We're not the New England Patriots, but we're trying to keep improving.

"It's two teams with similar records that are battling for their lives," he said. "We feel good to be where we are, but we're 8-5 and this game with Buffalo will be a huge game," he said. "I'm glad it is at home."

The Browns are currently in the second Wild Card slot, one game ahead of the Bills and the Titans with three to play. A Browns win this Sunday, would all but eliminate the Bills from contention.

Go Jamal Go: Crennel cited RB Jamal Lewis for his big 31-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

"Jamal, the way he ran the football was critical," Crennel said. "On the third-and-three, we were just hoping for a first down, but he was able to break some tackles and get into the end zone."

Crennel was asked what makes Lewis so good.

"He has been able to put his will against the opponent," he said. "His teammates rally around him because they see how hard he runs. You keep slamming him in there, because he eventually will break through. He still has that burst. That's what he brings is that burst."

Road Warriors: The Browns are now 3-4 on the road and have a chance to finish at .500 as they travel to Cincinnati on Dec. 23.

"To win on the road was really good," Crennel said. "We have been struggling on the road and that give us confidence."

Game Balls: Crennel said that OL Ryan Tucker and RB Jamal Lewis were awarded game balls on offense, while LB Kamerion Wimbley and LB Leon Williams were selected on defense. The special teams awards went to DB Mike Adams and WR Joe Jurevicius.

On the Defense: The Browns played pretty well on defense for most of the game against the Jets, but faltered late, allowing 12 points in the final 2:59.

"Defensively, we played pretty good for three quarters," Crennel said. "In the fourth quarter, we gave up some rushing yardage and that skewed some of the figures. They were able to move the ball, but we were able to tighten up when we needed to. We were able to take points away from them on the turnover. That had a big impact on the game."

Crennel was asked what needs to be done to play consistently for the whole game.

"We just have to play more consistently over the course of the season," he said. "There has been times where we've played pretty well. We just haven't been as consistent as we need to be."

Crennel did say that the Jets moved the ball, for the most part against the pass defense.

"They were running against the sub-defense," he said. "We were ahead and trying to stop the pass."

Injury Update: LB Antwan Peek (ankle) appeared to be the only injury to come out of Sunday's game. Peek came back and tried to run on the sideline but was unable to.

" Everyone else made it through the game and we feel pretty decent where we're at."

Good Protection: The Browns are currently tied for second in the fewest number of sacks allowed with 16. The Patriots have also allowed 16 sacks, while the Saints have given up just 11. However, the Saints play on Monday Night Football. The Browns gave up six sacks in the season opener to the Steelers, with five on QB Charlie Frye. Since Anderson has been at quarterback, the Browns have given up just 11, including none against the Jets.

Off Day: The players were given Monday off after Sunday's win over the Jets.     

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