Keeping The Faith: Cleveland Still Has a Chance

Mark GoodmanContributor ISeptember 14, 2009

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 13:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is hit by D'Qwell Jackson #52 of the Cleveland Brwons at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Stop Adrian Peterson

The words so many teams have put into their game-plans over the last two years and have failed to do in the game.

Most people only look at 180 yards with three touchdowns and say, "We should have lost anyway."

Unfortunately, very few people will look back and say, "That was a very impressive first half."

Cleveland actually led the game at halftime 13-10.  When looking back at the first game of the 2009 season, there are many aspects of the Browns that look like a team with problems that need to be solved, primarily the passing game and Brady Quinn's pocket presence. However, when Quinn connected with Braylon Edwards for a negated TD there was an extreme sense of hope that tingled the spines of many Browns fans with the same thought—"Braylon's back".

The passing game will only get on track if Quinn can get the ball downfield to his receivers on occasion.  The constant passes to Robert Royal and Mike Furrey will only result in field goals.  There is a good reason the Browns drafted Robiskie and Massaquoi.  Mangini needs to give Quinn these options and Quinn needs to take advantage of them.

Adrian Peterson's running ability should do nothing more than make a Browns fan thankful that he is in the NFC North and not the AFC North.  He does the same thing to every team he plays against.

Brady Quinn showed many signs of hope in his play-making ability.  Sadly, he also showed his weaknesses in making a very poor throw that was easily intercepted and fumbling a ball that slipped out of his hand. 

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The defense's performance in the first half was impressive.  However, whenever you play against a team that runs the ball down your throat with the best player in the NFL 25 times, it is to be expected that he will eventually tear you apart.

The Browns will be playing a Broncos team that barely put up 12 points against the Bengals.  When you consider the 20 points put up against one of the top defenses in the NFL, there is a good chance of victory in the future.

Don't give up on the Browns... Not yet.