Entering the 2011 season, the Browns appeared to have gotten lucky in the scheduling department in the first two weeks of the season. They drew the pitifully bad Bengals and the Peyton Manning-less Colts. The first one didn't go their way, but the second one did, and the Browns moved to 1-1 on the season as the hapless Colts fell to 0-2.
In Believeland, we tend to see chances for victory when we shouldn't, but this week, the Cleveland faithful was on the mark when the Browns went into Indy looking for redemption for basically beating themselves in Week 1.
When the team plane got stuck in the mud on its way out of Cleveland on Saturday, it looked as though the Cleveland curse might be threatening to strike again. But the Browns pulled it off, playing a game that wasn't perfect, but demonstrative of the fact that the Browns are a far better squad (or at least on their way to becoming one) than most of the national media seems to think.
In pregame coverage, analyst Warren Sapp called the Browns the "worst team in the NFL." Today, Indianapolis showed that they were the better candidate for that designation. It's never as fun to kick a team when it's down, as Indy is, than it is to trounce a team that deserves a good beating (ahem, Ravens), but the Browns needed a win badly this week, and it was a win that they got.
Following are six things we learned in the Browns' triumph over the Colts in Week 2.