Hey, Cleveland. I scarcely know what to say after the Cleveland Browns Week 2 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The game was not as close on the field as it appears to be on paper. With a few bright exceptions, the Browns put on a master’s level clinic on the topics ‘How to Get in Your Own Way’ and ‘Grabbing Defeat from the Jaws of Victory.’
I know this is the part of my column where I try to put a reasonably pleasant spin on the game. Talk about what went right, choose my Top Dawg and smile through the tears. *sigh*
Well, plenty did go right in the Superdome. Recovered fumbles, a fun surprise play and of course that pass on fourth and five from Tyrod Taylor to Antonio Callaway was one of those miraculous moments that makes a fan glad to be alive. Just one point and we take the lead. That play might have been called “salvation at the Superdome” IF Zayne Gonzales makes the point after attempt. He didn’t make that point or the field goal attempt with just eight seconds on the clock to save the team from a certain loss. (I was gearing up for another tied game; last week’s tie did not hurt much.) You all know the rest of the script; I will spare you further recapping.
On to the true purpose of this piece, giving credit where credit is due… While Callaway and running back, Carlos Hyde, played well, my Top Dawg for Week 2 is defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi. He had two confirmed sacks on Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, and would have credit for a third if the play was not negated by a defensive penalty. Regardless, well done Larry. You did some good work on the field, and you are Week Two’s Top Dawg.
This Thursday night, the Browns are at home against the New York Jets and in the national spotlight. Even though this loss to the Saints hurts, I’ll be there barking and wishing and hopefully staying far away from the Bud Light beer fridges when they open.
Week 1 Top Dawg – Denzel Ward
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