Eagles Flying by Browns in First Half

The Browns final MNF appearance is less inspiring than those that preceded it. Join us for the second half on OBR Gameday Live!

The Browns made their third and final appearance of the 2008 season on Monday Night Football and this one wasn't pretty—at least through the first 30 minutes.

The Eagles lead 17-3.

Again, the Browns have no offense led by Ken Dorsey. In the first half, Dorsey was just 4-of-10 for 82 yards,including an interception that was returned for a touchdown. His rating was 30.0. Jamal Lewis had just 20 yards on nine carries.

A bright spot has been Braylon Edwards, who had three receptions for 61 yards.

The Eagles took the opening kickoff and moved quickly down the field to take a 7-0 lead with 10:45 to play in the first quarter as Donovan McNabb hit Kevin Curtis for a 14-yard touchdown as Curtis beat Eric Wright. The Eagles covered 64 yards in eight plays and 4:15 for the score. Brian Westbrook was a key figure in the drive with a 10-yard run and McNabb hit Jason Avant for 20 yards on a third down conversion to put the Eagles at the Browns' 39.

The Browns answered with a drive of their own, but again fizzled in the red zone and Phil Dawson kicked a 27-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with 6:45 to play.

The Browns had a promising drive but Darnell Dinkins dropped a third down pass that should've been a touchdown and the Browns settled for the field goal. Key plays on the drive were a 8-yard run by Josh Cribbs and a 21-yard pass from Dorsey to Lawrence Vickers. Dorsey hit Edwards on a blitz for 28 yards to the Eagles' 13.

The Eagles scored again on their second possession as David Aker hit a 24-yard field goal to make it 10-3 with 49 seconds left in the first quarter. The Eagles stalled after getting to the Browns' eight. McNabb hit DeSean Jackson for 17 yards to the Browns' 23 on third down and then he hit L.J. Smith for 12 yards to the eight.

The Eagles looked as though they would extend their lead as they were inside the Browns' 10 when Sean Jones intercepted McNabb in the end zone on third down.

However, Dorsey gave it right back to the Eagles as he threw an interception which Assante Samuel picked off and returned it 50 yards to make it 17-3 with 4:45 to play in the first half. Dorsey tried to throw the ball to Donte Stallworth, but Samuel was there and raced untouched for the score.

The Eagles got the ball back just before halftime and had the ball inside the Browns' one, but an interception by Brandon McDonald averted the Eagles' score as time expired. McNabb tried to hit the fade play, but McDonald made a nice interception and returned it 90 yards to end the half to keep the score 17-3 at the half.


McDonald, Jones Pick: DB Sean Jones picked off his third pass of the season in the second quarter to tie him for the team lead briefly. Jones ties Eric Wright, Brodney Pool, D'Qwell Jackson and Brandon McDonald, who all had three interceptions. McDonald later intercepted a pass to take the team lead at four.

Rogers Down: DL Shaun Rogers hurt his shoulder in the second quarter, but returned.

Third Down Blues: The Browns defense could not stop the Eagles on third down for most of the first half as the Eagles were 7-of-9 on third down.

Prime Time Braylon: WR Braylon Edwards had his best games of the 2008 season on Monday Night Football. He went over 100 yards against the Giants and the Bills. Edwards had two catches for 41 yards in the first quarter and had three receptions for 61 yards in the first quarter.

Flash Man: WR/KR Josh Cribbs took a direct snap at quarterback on the second play from scrimmage and picked up a first down on an 8-yard run.

What a Drought: The Browns have now gone 14 quarters without scoring a touchdown. They last scored a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter against the Bills on Monday Night Football. It was the first time in the NFL since the Raiders did so in 2006 that a team hasn't scored a touchdown in three games. In their three losses to the Texans, Colts and Titans they failed to get into the end zone.

K2, Harrison Out: TE Kellen Winslow (ankle) and RB Jerome Harrison (ribs) missed the game with injuries. 

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