Browns Get The Job Done, Beat Indianapolis 27-19

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Pat Shurmur Celebrates 1st NFL Head Coaching Win

Browns' head coach Pat Shurmur was quick to give praise to the players who got the job done on the field after his first win in the NFL Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

This story from ClevelandBrowns.com gives the full story of this momentous occasion.

"I’m proud of our team. I think they played well," Shurmur said in his postgame press conference. "Victories, I think, start after the last game. I think they came in and cleaned up their corrections from last week -- and we had a boatload -- and made an effort to put that game behind them and move forward to put everything in place to win this one. I’m proud of their efforts for that."

The players also shared in the relief of the victory for Coach Shurmur:

"He was very positive, very optimistic, but you could still tell he wants to win," running back Peyton Hillis said. "It was great to give him that first victory and just seemed like a lot of stress was lifted off his shoulders and it’s good to give back to your head coach like that."

The article states the obvious, and that is the Browns did not take the Colts lightly, even without Peyton Manning:

"What I’m most proud of is we’ve got a good group of guys that play hard," Shurmur said. "They buy into what I’m telling them and what we’re coaching them to do. When you win, it’s just a reward for doing all those things. Don’t underestimate that team. That’s a team that’s won 12 games the last two years and many, many before that. They’re a very talented team, an organization that is to be admired and for us to get our first victory this year against them, that’s a big deal."

Now we will see if the Browns can get that second win next week against the Miami Dolphins.

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Browns Vs. Colts Final: Browns Defeat Manning-Less Indy 27-19

The Browns knew coming into this game that they would be facing a Colts’ team that was without Peyton Manning and embarrassed over their performance in Week 1 in Houston, and with Indianapolis at home, they also knew that that would be a dangerous combination.

But holding the Colts to four field goals until garbage time, and finding enough offense to get the job done, the Browns prevailed 27-19 to even their season’s record at 1-1 heading into a game next Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium against the Miami Dolphins.

The victory was the first for Cleveland over Indianapolis since 1994.

Colt McCoy was much sharper this week than he was last week against Cincinnati, and Peyton Hillis atoned for a lost fumble with a TD that basically put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter.

And Josh Cribbs set Cleveland up nicely when they really needed it with a big kickoff return and a big punt return to shorten the field for the offense.

Kerry Collins, serving as Manning’s replacement, looked lost for much of the game, and only was able to come through in the final minute, when the Browns were employing the dreaded prevent defense.

Joseph Addai had a good day for Indy, but even so and as stated earlier, it mattered that the Browns were able to hold the Colts to 3’s instead of 7’s while the game was in doubt.

After Adam Vinatieri gave Indianapolis a 3-0 lead about five minutes into the game with a 39-yard field goal, both offenses struggled until Vinatieri came through again at the beginning of the second period from 27 yards out to make it 6-0.

Cleveland finally got it going and converted on a 16-yard TD pass from McCoy to Evan Moore with 7:53 to go before halftime for a 7-6 Browns’ lead.

Vinatieri hit again four minutes later from 52 yards out, and the Colts had their last lead of the day at 9-7.

Peyton Hillis’s one-yard TD run (after one seeming touchdown was called back when Hillis’s knee was ruled down after review) gave Cleveland a 14-9 lead heading into the locker room.

The third quarter resembled the first, with the only scoring being Vinatieri’s fourth field goal of the day, a 36-yarder with 6:52 left in the quarter to cut the lead to 14-12.

But the Browns put it away with 13 points in the fourth period.

First Cleveland drove all the way to the 3-yard line before stalling and having to settle for a 20-yard Phil Dawson boot to make it 17-12. Then, with 3:55 to go, Hillis broke free and scored from 24 yards out to make it 24-12.

Less than a minute later Dawson hit again, this time from 23 yards, to make it 27-12, before Indy marched right down the field against the prevent D and scored with 24 seconds left on a 6-yard Collins’ pass to Dallas Clark.

But Cribbs recovered the onside kick attempt, and it was all over but one McCoy kneel-down.

McCoy ended up 22-32 on the day for 211 yards, with the one TD and no picks, while Collins went 19-38 for the Colts for 191 yards with one TD and one interception.

On the ground, Hillis gained 94 yards on 27 carries, accounting for all but 12 of the Browns’ rushing yards. For Indy, Addai netted 64 yards on 14 carries, while Delone Carter ran for 46 yards on 11 carries.

Greg Little and Hillis each had four catches to lead the Browns, while Mohamed Massaquoi, Cribbs and Alex Smith each had three receptions.

The Browns fumbled four times, but lost only one of them to end up with one turnover, while the Colts lost both a fumble and the one interception by Usama Young. Young took his pick back 28 yards.

Indianapolis won the first down battle 19-18, but the Browns won the more important stat, keeping the ball for 34:34 as opposed to only 25:26 for the Colts.

The Browns, as said earlier, will be home next Sunday to take on the Dolphins, who are in action in a late game this afternoon and stand at 0-1. The Colts will be entertaining the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.

Since the Baltimore Ravens lost this afternoon in Tennessee and Pittsburgh won at home vs. the Seahawks, if the Broncos can beat the Bengals in a late game this afternoon in Denver, the entire AFC North would be 1-1 heading into Week 3.

Go Browns!

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Looking At Sunday's Game From Both Sides

As the Browns get ready to take on the Indianapolis Colts at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, let's take a look at how Indy and Cleveland each view the game on the websites of their respective newspapers.

For the Colts, that would be the Indianapolis Star, while for Cleveland of course, it would be The Plain Dealer.

The Star's website talks about how today is a "get off the floor" kind of game for the Colts, after they went to Houston last Sunday and were thrashed by the Texans, while Cleveland.com calls it a "battle of the embarrassed".

Indy media seems to think that the Browns can be used as a "barometer" after their opening loss, while Cleveland cuts to the chase and points the barometer in both directions.

Will Josh Cribbs settle for touchbacks on kickoffs today? The Star doesn't think so. The Colts' shaky coverage team makes Indy people see Cribbs testing it, even if that means bringing the ball out of the endzone.

Tony Grossi looks for Peyton Hillis to run a lot this afternoon.

All these and a thousand (well, at least several) more stories can be found by clicking on the links provided above.

Go Browns!

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Colts-Browns Injury Report: Each Squad Has 3 Players 'Out' Sunday In Indy

Both the Browns and the Colts will be short three players on Sunday at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, according to the injury report via the 'Indianapolis Star'.

Cleveland players who are out include linebacker Titus Brown, defensive back Eric Hagg and offensive tackle Tony Pashos.

Probables for the Browns include wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Carlton Mitchell and defensive backs Dmitri Patterson, T.J. Ward and Usama Young.

The Colts are obviously without quarterback Peyton Manning, but will also be missing linebackers Gary Brackett and Ernie Sims.

Questionable for Indianapolis are defensive ends Tyler Brayton and Robert Mathis, defensive tackle Eric Foster, linebacker Kavell Conner, tight end Brody Eldridge, and wide receivers Blair White and Anthony Gonzalez.

Probable for the Colts are defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

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Week 2 NFL Odds: Browns Vs. Colts - Cleveland Once Again Favorites To Win

The Cleveland Browns are once again the favorites to win and are hoping to avoid the meltdown that likely cost them against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1.  According to OddsShark, the Browns are 3 points favorites(-3) over the Indianapolis Colts despite the fact the game is being played at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis.

The Colts are without Peyton Manning, of course, and looked awful in losing to the Houston Texans in Week 1.  Now that the Manning-shock has worn off, expect the Colts to feed off their crowd and take an 'us-against-the-world' mentality during their home opener.

The Browns have played the Colts tough, however, even with Manning under center.  Cleveland is 14-12 All-Time against the Colts - a surprising 9-5 on the road in Indianapolis.

Colt McCoy has proven during his young career that hostile road environments do not affect him.  McCoy made his first start in Pittsburgh against the Steelers, and led the Browns to an upset over the then-Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints at the Super Dome.

Cleveland is just 1-8 over their last nine September road games, however, and must turn it around if they are going to avoid an 0-2 start in 2011.

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Indy Will Probably Be Short 2 Linebackers Vs. Browns

According to the Indianapolis Colts' team page on NFL.com, the Colts will be short linebackers Gary Brackett and Ernie Sims for Sunday's contest against the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis.

Brackett, the Colts' defensive captain, is out with a bruised shoulder, while Sims sprained a knee during the Texans' 34-7 victory in Indianapolis' season opener.

Brackett is said to be hoping that he will be able to go, but coach Jim Caldwell sounds as if he is putting the nix to that idea:

"Well, I can tell you when I said those two guys are out, unless some miracle occurs, OK?" Caldwell told reporters Wednesday. "And it’s happened with a couple guys.

"That’s why often times we kind of avoid even telling you that because of the fact that if they happen to pop up, if he happens to come through and say, 'Coach, you know what, I can go,' then we’re going to let him go. And I’ll just have to come back and tell you I was wrong."

Second-year linebacker Pat Angerer would likely shift to middle linebacker should Brackett, indeed, not be able to go. The Colts have also re-signed linebacker Nate Triplett, who was one of the final cuts for Indianapolis.

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