It wasn't pretty. It wasn't masterful. It wasn't the decisive victory we all hoped for. But it was our first win of the season, and for most of us, that's enough on its own.
Despite yet another nearly total meltdown in the fourth quarter and almost squandering the lead late in the game again, this time the Browns hung on for the victory over the Bengals on Sunday, 23-20.
The offense had great moments despite also having some big, big problems. The defense looked better, if not exactly great, and the Browns, for once, caught a little bit of luck.
I know, I know...you're a Cleveland fan, and you don't know what "luck" is.
We'll define luck situationally here as "a questionable holding call on your last possession of the game that essentially allowed you to win after you almost screwed up something as simple as running out the clock". Or as "Chad Ocho Cinco getting called for an offensive pass interference penalty that put the Bengals out of field goal range on their last possession".
Overall for the offense, Hillis was the hero again, the receiving corps was largely a mess, and Seneca Wallace hung in there.
There's more on Hillis, the luck factor, Wallace, and other observations on the offense in this week's contest in the following slide show, as we dissect the performance of the Browns offense in their first win of the season.