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We knew Joe Haden would be out for the next four contests, but Sheldon Brown was a last-minute scratch from the starting lineup, leaving the Browns vulnerable to a 300-plus yard passing day against Bengals QB Andy Dalton.
With 10:27 left in the second quarter, Dimitri Patterson got undressed by Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green for a 10-yard TD.
He also lined up in the neutral zone twice, which is a rookie mistake that he shouldn't make even once. Clearly jamming Green at the line became a priority after getting beaten so badly on the first touchdown, but Patterson had a sloppy day.
Buster Skrine was also having tackling issues, and frequently struggled in man coverage, as his pass interference penalty led to Cincinnati's second field goal. In fact, Dalton had some gaudy numbers, but missed a lot of throws over the top of the Cleveland defense early. That changed on the first possession of the second half.
After two big miscues in coverage during Week 1, free safety Eric Hagg got torched man-to-man against Brandon Tate on a crucial 3rd-and-5 play for a 44-yard touchdown, which extended the Bengal lead to 24-10.
For a unit that was apparently the strength of the team in 2011 (if you looked at half the QBs they played, you may challenge that assertion), the Browns didn't have anyone step up on a day they really needed it against their division rival.
It was obviously going to be a mismatch against Green, but the likes of Armon Binns and Tate did serious damage throughout the game.
Binns was an undrafted rookie in 2011, and here's some fun history about Tate:
In the 2009 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns selected both Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi in the second round. The New England Patriots selected Tate at No. 83 in the third, one pick before Mike Wallace was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.