Chiefs vs Browns: Cleveland's Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 14
The game didn't start out the way the Cleveland Browns wanted it to, with the Chiefs Jamaal Charles rushing for an 80-yard score on the first play of the game.
The Browns didn't let that play end the game for them, though. They eventually settled down and came back with a big play of their own not long after—a Travis Benjamin 93-yard punt return for a touchdown—and won the game convincingly by a score of 30-7.
The Browns have now won three games in row for the first time since 2009. They also showed that they can handle success by beating an inferior team and not allowing them to hang around for a chance to win.
Although the Browns won big, it wasn't all roses in the 23-point victory.
Let's take a look at the winners and losers from this Week 14 matchup.
Josh Gordon: Winner
Josh Gordon didn't get into the end zone but he still had a very productive day. He ended up being the leading receiver for the Browns with eight catches for 86 yards.
He dropped a potential touchdown while running a classic West Coast offense slant where it looked like he got excited and started running before he secured the football.
The Browns ran the same play again later, and while it did not get them a touchdown, it was nice gain by Gordon that gave them some breathing room on their side of the field.
Brandon Weeden: Loser
Brandon Weeden did not have a touchdown pass in the game, and early on, he held onto the ball for too long. The rookie quarterback also got lucky on two passes that should have been interceptions.
Weeden did enough for the Browns to get the win but he needs to improve.
He also needs to buy Ben Watson dinner for saving his interception total from going up after breaking up a bad pass.
Greg Little: Winner
Greg Little had another good game catching the football and is bouncing back nicely from his rookie year that was plagued with drops.
The Browns lined him up in his familiar running back position that he played in college and it resulted in a 17-yard gain.
Since the bye week, Little has become a nice complement to Josh Gordon and a very good run-after-the-catch receiver.
Josh Cribbs: Loser
Josh Cribbs sacrificed his kick returning ability for some blocking, which ended up helping spring his teammate Travis Benjamin for a 93-yard return.
But Cribbs could have also been watching the future of the kick return game in Cleveland.
Since Cribbs is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, there is a good chance that he will be returning kicks for another team next season.
Trent Richardson: Winner
Trent Richardson tied Jim Brown for the most touchdowns as a rookie running back in Cleveland Browns history with nine.
He also continued to show that he has a nose for the end zone with two goal line touchdowns on the day.
He may have only had 42 total yards, but he made the yards count with the six-point payoffs.
Buster Skrine: Loser
Brady Quinn didn't complete many passes during the game, but when he did, Buster Skrine was there on the coverage.
Skrine is one of the fastest players on the Browns, and it often gets him in trouble with double moves by the receiver that he is covering.
He didn't give up a touchdown, but things are not moving in a good direction for the young corner.
Travis Benjamin: Winner
The speedy receiver from the University of Miami showed the NFL what he brings to the table, displaying his outstanding speed on a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown—the longest punt return in Cleveland Browns history.
He also made a play on a double reverse for 15 yards, which was one of the many trick plays the Browns ran against the Chiefs.
Montario Hardesty: Loser
The change-of-pace back for the Browns has shown flashes of brilliance at times, and at others, he does something that makes you not trust him.
Against the Chiefs, he almost fumbled the ball at the goal line. Then Trent Richardson had to come in and put the ball in the end zone from the one-yard line for him.
He also dropped a sure 10-yard completion, which could have been a big gain for the Browns.
Tashaun Gipson: Winner
The definition of being in the right place at the right time happened for Tashaun Gipson, when a deflection from Sheldon Brown turned into an interception thanks to the heads-up play of Gipson.
The interception helped set up the Browns with great field position in Chiefs territory.
James-Michael Johnson: Loser
The opening play for the Chiefs could not have gone better, with Jamaal Charles taking an inside hand off 80-yards for a touchdown.
The Chiefs running back wasn't touched, as the running lane opened up like the parting of the Red Sea.
One of the reasons that the running lane was so open was due to the over pursuit of James-Michael Johnson. (In the above picture, he is number 50 that is watching the play).
The rookie linebacker is the fastest linebacker on the Browns roster, but his speed is causing him to have bad technique at times.
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