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Browns get 2nd win
October 28, 2012 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND – It was a battle of the elements and the defenses Sunday as the Browns edged the San Diego Chargers, 7-6, Sunday at Browns Stadium.
The Browns scored on a 26-yard run by Trent Richardson on their first possession. They spent the rest of the game holding off threats by the Chargers. The final chance by San Diego ended when Buster Skrine deflected a pass by Philip Rivers on a fourth-and-10 play from the Browns’ 44.
This game was all about Richardson and a bend-but-don’t-break Browns defense. Richardson had 122 yards on 24 carries. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry.
The defense limited Rivers to 154 passing yards. Ryan Mathews rushed for 95 yards, but he lost one fumble and wasn’t able to break any long runs.
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden went a third straight game without throwing an interception. That was crucial on a day in which the wind was swirling through the stadium and a steady ran feel all play.
Weeden is becoming more in control with each passing week. He was just 11-of-27 for 129 yards, but he made good calls on plays where he threw the ball away instead of forcing it into coverage. Earlier this season he would have undoubtedly tried to squeeze the ball between defenders.
It was a big win for coach Pat Shurmur, who knows that new owner James Haslam III is keeping a close watch on everything brown-and-orange. Shurmur made a good call after the game when he presented a game ball to Haslam.
The Browns have a decent chance to win two straight and three of four when they host the Baltimore Ravens next Sunday. The Ravens have been decimated by injuries on defense and have been awful on offense.
A win over Baltimore would give the Browns their second AFC North Division win this season. That would be a big step towards earning the respectability they’ve been in search of for a long time.
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