Browns Vs. Rams: Cleveland fails to score touchdown, falls to St. Louis 13-12

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Browns vs Rams Scoring Update: Browns Can't Find End Zone, Lose To Rams 13-12

The Browns’ 13-12 loss to the Rams on Sunday can be classified only as a fluke.

The Browns have two of the NFL’s best special teams players in long snapper Ryan Pontbriand and kicker Phil Dawson. They’d combined for four field goals throughout the game. A 22-yard field goal to put the Browns ahead 15-13 with just over two minutes left should have been a chip shot.

Instead, Brown’ offensive lineman Alex Mack nicked Pontbriand’s snap, causing the ball to roll. That made Dawson hesitate and his kick sailed wide left. It was an odd ending for a team that couldn’t get the ball into the end zone all day.

Quarterback Colt McCoy had one of his better games, completing 20-of-27 passes for 218 yards. Running back Chris Ogbannaya had a solid second half, finishing the game with 90 yards on 19 carries. But it was the team’s inability to score a touchdown that doomed the Browns.

The loss drops the Browns to 3-6 while the Rams improve to 2-7.

The Rams went ahead in the game early in the fourth quarter. A fumble on a punt return by Josh Cribbs gave the Rams the ball near the red zone and Josh Brown field goal gave the Rams a 13-12 lead.

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Browns vs. Rams Scoring Update: Phil Dawson pushes Cleveland ahead 12-10

Kicker Phil Dawson continues to be the Browns’ only scoring option. He connected on a 27-yard field goal with a minute left in the third quarter to give the Browns a 12-10 lead.

The scoring drive was highlighted by a 32-yard run by Chris Ogbonnaya and a 22-yard, one-handed catch by Benjamin Watson. On the game, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is 18-of-25 passing for 202 yards.

The Rams controlled the ball for much of the start of the third quarter with running back Steven Jackson. After three quarters, Jackson has 20 carries for 98 yards.

The Rams were driving down the field early in the quarter, but Browns linebacker Chris Gocong forced and recovered a Jackson fumble. Gocong is having a nice day, breaking up a pass earlier in the game.

The injuries continue to pile up for the Rams. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui injured his leg on a Joe Haden tackle on the last play of the quarter. The Rams, who have the ball going into the fourth quarter, have two turnovers on the game.

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Browns vs. Rams Injury Update: Rodger Saffold Out With Head Injury

The Rams will be without starting left tackle Rodger Saffold for the remainder of the game after he suffered a head injury.

Initial reports were no more specific about the injury Saffold suffered early in the third quarter.

Early in the third quarter it looked like Rams quarterback Sam Bradford re-injured his ankle when Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin landed on him following a run. Bradford missed just one play.

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Browns Vs. Rams Score Update: Big Play For Greg Little Narrows Rams Lead To 10-9

Finally, a Browns wide receiver got separation on a deep route as Colt McCoy completed a 52-yard strike to rookie Greg Little late in the second quarter. The pass set up an eventual 43-yard field goal for Phil Dawson. With the completion to Little, McCoy is having arguably his best half of the season.

On the previous drive the Rams connected on a 29-yard field goal by Josh Brown.

The Browns were able to narrow the lead to 7-6 on a drive that was started by a Scott Fujita interception. Phil Dawson connected on his second field goal of the day, this one for 32 yards. The drive, which started a midfield, at least had some excitement to it. The Browns successfully ran a trick play with Colt McCoy lining up at wide receiver, receiving a pitch and completing a pass to backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.

McCoy is 13-of-19 passing through two quarters for 152 yards. The Browns are behind largely due to their inability to run the ball. Starter Chris Ogbonnaya has 32 yards on nine carries. Little leads the Browns in receiving with four catches for 67 yards.

For the Rams, Sam Bradford has completed 8-of-15 passes for 96 yards a touchdown and an interception.

The Rams will receive the ball to start the third quarter.

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Cleveland Browns Injury Report, Week 10: Mohamed Massaqoui Likely Out Vs. Rams

The Cleveland Browns have plenty of injuries to deal with this week as they prepare for Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams. They didn't get any good news on that front in Thursday's injury report, however, as the only change from Wednesday was the status of kicker Phil Dawson.

Dawson was added to the injury report due to illness, though -- an ilness that shouldn't affect his playing this weekend.

"He won't kick today," Browns coach Pat Shurmur told the media on Thursday. "We don't feel that will have any effect on Sunday."

The news wasn't as good for wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi as it seems he will join Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty as Browns offensive weapons missing Sunday's game.

He attempted to come back last Sunday in Houston, but was forced out of the game after feeling "woozy." Now, it appears he will miss the Rams game.

"He still wasn't feeling right," Shurmur said.

The remaining injury report is listed below.

NAMEPOSITIONINJURYWED.THU.FRI.GAME STATUS
Dawson, Phil K Illness - DNP - -
English, Auston DL Knee DNP DNP - -
Hardesty, Montario RB Calf DNP DNP - -
Hillis, Peyton RB Hamstring DNP DNP - -
Maiava, Kaluka LB Knee LP LP - -
Massaquoi, Mohamed WR Head DNP DNP - -
Maynard, Brad P Left Thigh FP FP - -
Mitchell, Jayme DL Chest/Ankle LP LP - -
Pashos, Tony OL Ankle LP LP - -
Patterson, Dimitri DB Knee DNP DNP - -
Spears, Quinton LB Ankle FP FP - -
Ventrone, Ray DB Hamstring LP LP - -
Ward, T. J. DB Foot/Finger DNP DNP - -
Young, Usama DB Hip DNP DNP - -

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