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Two words you don't typically see associated with one another: Browns and lucky.
Cleveland has had more bad breaks in sports than just about any other town. We're so used to it now, we pretty much expect the worst to happen all the time.
But this week, amazingly enough, the chips actually fell the Browns' way a number of times.
Their typical bad luck visited them on Phil Dawson's field goal, which was probably good but was deemed unreviewable because the kick went over the top of the pipe.
Other than that though, the Browns got a couple of nice lucky breaks, and that combined with excellent goal line defense and big improvements on offense resulted in their fourth win of the season.
The Browns were, first of all, lucky to get the Jags' at home, given Jacksonville's horrible road record. They also lucked out in that, as previously mentioned, the plethora of penalties they racked up didn't hurt them too badly because the Jaguars failed to capitalize on them. That goes for McCoy's interception as well, which Jacksonville also couldn't turn into a touchdown.
The Browns were also lucky the Jaguars managed to get themselves penalized for even more yardage than they were. Matching the Browns with nine flags drawn but getting hit for more yards on them (81 yards to the Browns' 70).
And perhaps most of all, they were lucky that Jack Del Rio's play calling was borderline incompetent on the Jags final red zone possession. Del Rio opted to pass on each of the team's final opportunities, and with the ball on the two yard line and only enough time for one more play, he had the typically inaccurate Gabbert throw it again instead of handing off to his team's best offensive performer and the only guy who had found the end zone for them all day, RB Maurice Jones-Drew.
To be fair, we have to give a lot of credit to the Browns for their efforts today. This one wasn't all about luck. They definitely earned their win. Regardless though, as a team which normally can't buy a break to save its life, it was nice to see the Browns finally wind up with a little bit of luck on their side today.