The best way to describe Cleveland’s inept performance against Denver is sickening. Once again the Browns could muster very little offense to go with a bend, and bend some more defense that finally broke.
Cleveland managed just two Phil Dawson field goals in the first half to trail by a 10-6 score at the intermission. Denver scored on a two yard Kyle Orton to Tony Scheffler pass, and a Matt Prater field goal. For the second straight week, the Browns failed to make any adjustments at half time and got totally out played, 17-0 in the last two periods. In the second half, Denver got rushing touchdowns from Peyton Hillis, a two yard run, and Correll Buckhalter on a 45 yard run. Prater added another field goal.
Kyle Orton continually picked apart Cleveland’s defense all day for 263 yards and a touchdown. Denver also managed 186 rushing yards for a total of 449 total yards. Cleveland’s offense gained a meager 200 yards and was no threat all day.
Brady Quinn once again had a day to forget, completing 18 of 31 for 161 yards and an interception. Quinn looked very indecisive for the second straight week, holding the ball too long at times and dumping it off too quick at times. Cleveland’s offensive line was not much help either as Elvis Dumerville recorded four sacks, thanks in large part to right tackle John St.Clair.
While the Denver Broncos are off to a surprising 2-0 start, Cleveland seems headed for another long season.