The Cleveland Browns are starting to show some heart and perseverance. We won our second straight game today to move to three wins on the season. Cleveland beat the Chiefs at Kansas City, 41-34.
Two Browns had extraordinary days. Josh Cribbs returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Josh now has eight kick returns for touchdowns in his career – an NFL record. Jerome Harrison ran for 286 yards and three scores, including the game-winner. Jerome beat Jim Brown’s team record for most rushing yards in a game (237) set way back in 1961. Harrison’s tally is the third highest in NFL history.
The Chiefs are a bad football team, but a win is a win. Most impressive was that we did not quit when the Chiefs tied it up late in the fourth quarter at 34. Rather, we showed some character and took back the lead in the final minute of the game.
I remain concerned, however, with Brady Quinn. We won the game against Pittsburgh with defense and Cribbs, not Brady. We won this game today with Harrison and Cribbs, not Brady. Quinn completed just 10 of 17 passes for a total of 66 yards and two picks. Brady has definitely shown improvement in the last few weeks, but it appears that we must resign ourselves to the fact that this learning process will be a long and bumpy one.
And our defense showed its inconsistency in allowing over 300 yards passing and more than 150 yards rushing. Pretty impressive numbers for a Chiefs team that is no offensive powerhouse.
Heck, we won. Let’s leave it at that. Mangini no doubt has his eyes set on winning our remaining two games so that he can boast a better record than Romeo had last year and salvage his job when Holmgren takes over.