The Browns started off well, winning the coin toss and Brandon Weeden going 4-of-4 on the opening drive. After that, not so much…with the next two plays in the red zone being a penalty and a fumble.
The Eagles had a similar start on their first offensive possession with an interception, but it was all good after that for Nick Foles, who finished with two TD passes. Foles had very good field position for his two touchdown passes due to two turnovers, one which was a blocked punt.
After Weeden’s hot start, the Eagles pass rush went to work on him and the Browns offensive line. The Eagles sacked Weeden four times and forced another fumble that the Browns recovered. Montario Hardesty decided to get in on the turnover party by giving up his second fumble in two games.
The offensive line had big problems blocking the wide 9 alignment for the Eagles defensive line…the same problems they had with the Detroit Lions, who run the same alignment.
The Eagles defensive ends line up wider than normal outside the offensive tackle…in this game the Eagles used the wide alignment to attack the interior offensive line of the Browns.
The tackling, which had been good for the first two games of the preseason, went on vacation for the Browns defense. On two of the Eagles' trips inside the 10 yard line the Browns missed tackles that turned into touchdowns. The first team defense was attacked on the deep ball, with Sheldon Brown being the target for Foles.
The young players on defense continued to flash with impact plays but fell victim to the same problems on defense with blown coverages and missed tackles. Joe Haden had a good game with an interception and good tackling. Foles figured out that he needed to leave Haden alone and the rest of the Browns defense obliged by not playing well.
Not much changed when the backups got in the game. Colt McCoy was able to get the Browns in the end zone for a touchdown. After Colt’s night was over, Seneca Wallace forced a throw into double coverage which turned into an interception.
The Browns new owner watched part of the game from the Dawg Pound and couldn’t be happy with what he saw. He told the Browns local TV crew the team has a long way to go but he is in it for the long haul. Hopefully for the Browns fans it’s not too long.
We learned a lot in this game; here are 10 things we found out…