Browns Lose, But Mohamed Massaquoi and Jerome Harrison Made It Worth Watching

Yes, the Browns lost on Sunday, but it was something none of the Browns’ other three game have been so far: exciting.  QB Derek Anderson did provide a spark to the offense, despite throwing what turned out to be a costly interception in the end zone.  And even though it was a particularly crushing loss at home in overtime, there were two – three if you count the usual special teams magic of Joshua Cribbs – bright spots that made this a very memorable game.

WR Mohamed Massaquoi and RB Jerome Harrison each had fantastic games that makes one wonder if these are actually stats for players on the Cleveland Browns.  Massaquoi acted like he was the Pro Bowl receiver on the team, catching eight passes for 148 yards, an average of 18.5 yards.  Harrison rushed 29 times for 121 yards, good for a 4.2 avg.

The talk all week leading up to the game was that a player like Massaquoi was going to have to get involved in the offense if the Browns wanted any chance at winning.  It was also said that it was Harrison’s time to step up and show something in the starting role.  He was able to do so, but will unfortunately fade back into obscurity when Jamal Lewis returns.  It does leave some hope for the future of the running game, however.

Massaquoi, on the other hand, should now be seeing plenty of playing time.  We obviously shouldn’t expect those kinds of numbers from Massaquoi every week, but what this could indicate is the start of the countdown to Braylon Edwards’ last game in a Browns uniform.  Judging by his most recent antics, that day is coming much sooner rather than later.

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  • Terry W.

    Wow… Even after coming in and making Quinn look like the bust he is, the media bashing of Anderson continues.

    Why? In this article: “QB Derek Anderson did provide a spark to the offense, despite throwing what turned out to be a costly interception in the end zone.”

    Interesting choice of words, considering Anderson’s INT led to NOTHING for the Bengals. That turnover led to zero points for the Bengals and the Browns got the ball right back.

    Meanwhile, the article praises Harrison, while conveniently leaving out a mention of his fumble, which led directly to a TD for the Bengals.

    DA’s INT: No points for Cincinnati.
    Harrison’s fumble: 7 points for Cicinnati.

    So, which turnover was “costly”? Wanna try again?

  • stevedimatteo

    Well, let’s see, the interception that Anderson threw led to zero points for the Browns which, late in the game, obviously ended up being a big deal. No matter what the Browns did on the next drive or the rest of the game; it is a huge deal that the Browns couldn’t capitalize on that drive.

    I never said Harrison was perfect, but what I’m saying in this article is that he and Massaquoi simply made the game interesting to watch. The fumble was costly, yes, but at the same time in came in the first quarter. Harrison was able to redeem himself throughout the rest of the game. I’m not saying his fumble was any better, but what ends up feeling more significant: a first quarter fumble or a big interception late in the second half of a close game?

  • gobucks1

    DA had a good game yes, but let’s see what he does in the games to come. I am a Browns fan, not a Quinn fan, but we will still never know what he could be. And now we won’t get anywhere close to what we gave up to draft him if we do get rid of him.

    Harrison did have a good game and definately offers more than Lewis’s shuffling around and falling down for 3 yards. So hopefully he will at least split time with Lewis.

    Massaquoi was a big bright spot, but where is Robiskie? Is he injured? Hopefully with the emergence of Massaquoi in the passing game he can give Cribbs a break for playing WR and concentrate on special teams where he is a real threat.

    Over all impressive performance all the way around(at least a lot better than what we have suffered through as fans the last 3 wks.). Would have liked to see those 2 field goals turned into touchdowns with that excellent field position, but I will take points anyway we can get them right now.