Trent Richardson had the biggest hit of the game, but it wasn't enough to keep the Browns out of the loss column. The rookie running back looked like he missed the entire preseason, as he did not have the burst seen in college. The Browns' failure to run the ball allowed the Eagle to do what they do best—rush the passer.
In a game that featured four interceptions by both quarterbacks, neither team could take full advantage of the extra opportunities. The box score will say the Browns defense gave up 456 yards, but some of that should get credited to the offense which couldn't keep the chains moving. The Browns offense only had 12 first downs, compared to the Eagles who had 25.
The inability for the Browns to play complementary football caused the defense to be on the field for too many plays. In the end, it came back to bite them. They ran out of gas and allowed the Eagles to score the go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game.
The Browns offense still had an opportunity to win the game with another Phil Dawson field goal with less than two minutes left. On the first play of Brandon Weeden's attempt to redeem himself, he threw his forth interception.
This game looked all too familiar to what happened last year for the Browns—defense plays well and the offense doesn't show up. Pat Shurmur decided to play it safe by not going for two which would have forced the Eagle to go for two in order to win the game. Instead, the Eagle touchdown and Weeden’s interception were nails in the coffin.
Let's take a look at the winners and losers from the 17-16 loss by the Browns.