Eagles Blast Browns, 30-10

Watching a Browns game has made the transition from "disappointing" to "difficult" to "painful" over the course of the season. The Browns loss on Monday Night Football to Philadelphia was clearly the latter...

This is getting hard to watch.

The Browns made their third and final appearance of the 2008 season on Monday Night Football and this one wasn't pretty as the Browns failed to score a touchdown offensively, for the fourth-straight game.

They lost 30-10 and now have lost as many games (10) as they won in 2007 as they drop to 4-10. The Browns have now lost 10 or more games seven times since 1999.

It's a good bet the Browns won't be invited back to play on Monday Nights in the near future.

The good news the Browns finally scored a touchdown. However, it wasn't the offense as Brandon McDonald returned an interception for a score after the Eagles had built a 30-3 lead to make the final, 30-10.

Again, the Browns had no offense led by Ken Dorsey as he was just 11-of-28 for 156 yards, including two interceptions—one that was returned for a touchdown. His rating was 28.3. Jamal Lewis had just 32 yards on 14 carries.

A bright spot on offense was Braylon Edwards, who had five receptions for 102 yards.

Baffling to many is why Romeo Crennel refused to play Josh Cribbs—or Bruce Gradkoswski--at quarterback with the ineffectiveness of Dorsey. Cribbs only had five carries for 25 yards and threw just one pass.

Defensively, the Browns only stopped the Eagles when they turned the ball over as the Eagles were inside the Browns' 20 on all seven possessions with Donovan McNabb at quarterback in building a 30-3 lead.

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 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 87 yards to end the half to keep the score 17-3 at the half.

The Eagles extended their lead to 20-3 as Aker kicked a 34-yard field goal with 3:34 to play in the third quarter.  McNabb led the Eagles right down the field for their fifth consecutive trip to the red zone, but a sack by Kamerion Wimbley on third down forced the Eagles to kick the field goal.

After getting into the red zone for the sixth straight time, the Eagles added another field goal by Akers to make it 23-3 with 14:52 to play.

After Dorsey threw his second interception in Browns' territory, it only took the Eagles two plays to score a touchdown to make it 30-3 as McNabb hit Greg Lewis for the score with 11:14 to play. It was the Eagles' seventh-straight trip to the red zone.

After McNabb was relieved with a 30-3 lead, McDonald intercepted the first pass from Kevin Kolb and he returned it 24 yards for a touchdown to make it 30-10.


Red Zone Blues: The Eagles made it to the Browns red zone on their first seven possessions. Twice, QB Donovan McNabb threw interceptions in the end zone and on three occasions the Eagles settled for field goals.

Double Digit RAC: Romeo Crennel has now hit double-digits in wins or losses in his four years at the helm. Unfortunately, three of the four seasons the team has lost at least 10 games.

Nice Call: Trailing 17-3 in the third quarter, the Browns had the ball on the Eagles' 35 and decided to punt. P Dave Zastudil's punt went into the end zone resulting in a net 15-yard punt. K Phil Dawson had made three kicks over 50 yards, but the Browns elected to punt.

McDonald's Big Night: DB Brandon McDonald had two interceptions to give him a team leading five on the season. McDonald had a 98-yard interception on the last play of the first half. It was the longest return that didn't result in a touchdown in NFL history. He later intercepted a pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown.  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 McDonald, who all had three interceptions. McDonald later intercepted a pass to take the team lead at four when he raced 98 yards after a pick on the final play of the first half.

Sack Men: LB Kamerion Wimbley and LB Willie McGinest picked up sacks. Wimbley's sack was his fourth of the season to trail DL Shaun Rogers, who has 4.5. It was McGinest's first of the season.

Heiden, Rogers Down: DL Shaun Rogers had a stinger in the second quarter, but returned. TE Steve Heiden injured his knee early in the third quarter and had to be carted off.

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 half. He finished with five receptions for 102 yards. All three of Edwards' 100-yard games in 2008 were on MNF.

D-Fense: The Browns didn't show much defense but LB Andra Davis had 10 tackles and Willie McGinest had nine, including a sack.

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. Cribbs finished with five carries for 25 yards and 0-of-1 passing.

What a Drought: The Browns have now gone 16 quarters without scoring a touchdown on offense. They scored on a interception return in the fourth quarter. The Browns offense 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. It is getting so bad that a local television station ran a poll prior to the game asking if the Browns would score a touchdown. The Browns set a record for the longest time frame in Browns' history that the team has gone without a touchdown.

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

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