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Chiefs vs. Browns: Montario Hardesty provides impressive change of pace again

Head coach Pat Shurmur admitted after the game he was angry with himself for not giving the ball to Hardesty at the goal line after he coughed the ball up.


For the second straight game, Montario Hardesty made big contributions to the Cleveland Browns offense in a win, this one a 30-7 domination of the Kansas City Chiefs. After going for 39 yards on five carries, including a long run of 19 yards against the Oakland Raiders last weekend, Hardesty picked up 52 yards on 10 carries, including a 25-yard scramble against the Chiefs today.

About the only thing Hardesty did wrong was his fumble at the goal line in the fourth quarter. The Browns were able to pounce on the football and running back Trent Richardson punched it in for the final score of the day on the next play. After the game, head coach Pat Shurmur wasn't pleased with himself when he put the ball in Richardson's hands instead of Hardesty's.

Richardson and Hardesty combined for 94 yards on 28 carries against the Chiefs. The Browns will look for more production out of their young backfield as they try to extend their winning streak to four games against the Washington Redskins next weekend.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.