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Browns, Weeden struggle in loss



Published: Sun, August 25, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

Associated Press

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Chuck Pagano promised to make Indianapolis a better defensive team. On Saturday night, the Colts showed what they’re capable of.

Indianapolis starters allowed only four first downs and three plays run in their territory, didn’t yield a touchdown for the second straight week and even scored one on Larry Asante’s late 48-yard interception return. Andrew Luck, meanwhile, threw for two touchdowns to lead the Colts past Cleveland 27-6.

It was a drastic improvement over what Colts fans witnessed in this venue two weeks ago, when Buffalo’s rookie quarterbacks EJ Manuel and Jeff Tuel dinked-and-dunked their way to a 44-20 victory that drew the ire of team owner Jim Irsay.

Of course in that game, most of the starters exited before the end of the first quarter.

This time, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was consistently harassed and wound up 12 of 25 for 105 yards — just four days after being chosen the opening-day starter.

Weeden wasn’t the only Cleveland player having trouble. There were drops, turnovers and penalties. And while Trent Richardson carried seven times for 31 yards, the rest of the Browns (2-1) rushed for only 28.

The difference was that Indy (2-1) had most of its starters on the field. Despite losing starting right guard and Fitch High graduate Mike McGlynn (bruised knee) in practice this week and left tackle Anthony Castonzo (right knee) on the game’s opening series, Luck and the starting offense also looked more together. Most of the offensive starters played into the third quarter.

The Colts wasted no time getting started. Luck led Indy on a 46-yard drive to set up Adam Vinatieri for a 32-yard field goal. After a punt, Luck engineered a 66-yard drive that ended with fullback Stanley Havili hauling in a 3-yard TD pass to make it 10-0 midway through the second quarter.

Luck struck again in the second half, hooking up with a wide-open T.Y. Hilton for an 8-yard TD catch to make it 17-0.

Weeden responded with Cleveland’s first scoring drive, going 48 yards for Shayne Graham’s 50-yard field goal against Indy’s second-string defense. Graham added a 44-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter.


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1parlayhenry(219 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

What? Weeden had a bad game! Impossible! At most Weeden is the starter for two games once the season begins for real. Jason Campbell will be the Browns' quarterback for the next few years and Weeden will be cut before next season.

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2southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

A preview of things to come during the regular season.....ha ha ha ...get 'em again next year!

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3gdog4766(1415 comments)posted 11 months, 1 week ago

This was the first browns game I got to watch in a long time due to work. I usually follow on the radio or Internet. But I have one question. Who thought it was a good idea to,hire Bernie as an announcer. When he played he was infamously a bad interview. Why hire him to broadcast the game. When they would ask him about the game he'd complain that the line didn't block, the receivers dropped the ball all while whining. It was comical to watch. He was a decent QB just don't stick a mike in his face. I remember after his first,start against Oakland when asked about his first action he blubbered about Howie Long threatening to kill him. not the game but how they were mean to him. Now he's announcing, go figure.

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