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Finding the Positives in the Cleveland Browns’ Loss to Indianapolis Colts

August 26th, 2013 at 7:24 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

'Brandon Weeden' photo (c) 2012, Erik Drost - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Cleveland Browns looked so good in the first two preseason games that it was hard to find any ways for them to improve. They didn’t have that problem in their 27-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night.

The Browns had a hard time moving the ball and making connections in the passing game. Brandon Weeden (pictured) completed his first six passes but ended up completing 12-of-25. He led the team to three points in two-and-a-half quarters of play.

Jason Campbell was 8-of-14, but his stats should have been better because his receivers dropped some catchable balls. He also led the Browns to three points.

Brian Hoyer’s first pass was behind receiver Cordell Roberson, and it bounced into the hands of Larry Asante. The former Browns safety returned the ball 48 yards for the Colts’ final score of the game.

In the midst of the convincing defeat, the Browns enjoyed some positives. Most notably, they didn’t suffer a rash of injuries like they did one week earlier against the Lions.

Paul Kruger did a great job getting in Andrew Luck’s face, which led to an interception by Tashaun Gipson.

Not only was Shayne Graham perfect on his two field goal attempts, but Spencer Lanning punted seven times for an impressive 46.7 yard average.

The Browns will finish the preseason on Thursday night at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.

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