Even the most optimistic Cleveland Browns fan would have to admit that the team has some serious weaknesses.
After tantalizing the faithful with a 6-0 halftime lead over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Raven, the Browns came back to reality and lost 14-6.
Fans who blame the team’s losses on quarterback Brandon Weeden have to consider that Weeden has been sacked 11 times in two games, on pace to break David Carr’s NFL record of 76 burials in 2002.
Those who think Jason Campbell deserves a chance may get their wish, since Weeden suffered a sprained thumb in the fourth quarter.
If Campbell starts against the Vikings and has no time to throw, then the fans will realize that the offensive line, not Weeden, is to blame.
Also, the wide receivers have to get better. Josh Gordon’s return will help, but Greg Little has to hang onto the ball. Wide receivers are supposed to get better in their third year in the league.
The offense has only produced one touchdown, wasting a pair of strong performances by the Browns’ run defense. After holding Miami to 20 rushing yards, the Browns limited Ravens star Ray Rice to 57.
However, the Browns’ defensive weakness is in the secondary. Joe Haden can only cover one receiver. Chris Owens and Buster Skrine have to stop receivers on the other side of the field.
Despite the Browns’ 0-2 record, they aren’t hopeless. However, they are more than just a tweak or two away from being a winning team.
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