Saturday, August 13, 2011

Browns' First Preseason Game

Tonight was the Browns' first preseason game, against the reigning Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

As you can see from the photo on the right, I watched the game with the Browns' biggest infant fan. Boomer's Browns socks and my jersey are courtesy of his Aunt Stacy & Uncle Aethan, while The Wife contributed the little guy's cool football shirt (notably absent is Boomer's Browns soother, but he doesn't use them very much anymore . . .). I look kinda goofy in the photo, probably because hats, in The Wife's opinion, make me look like a Make-A-Wish kid.

As for the game itself, the Browns looked great. Colt McCoy had a near-perfect game, completing 9/10 passes for 135 yards and a TD. The running game wasn't spectacular, but it moved the chains and Peyton Hillis got a 3 yard TD run. I still think the Browns are weak in the wide receiver department, but having a couple of good tight ends should help. As for the defense, the pass rush made some big plays in the second half, causing three fumbles (and returning one for a TD). The pass defense looks porous, however, as the Packers' first, second, and third string QBs moved the ball down the field pretty well.

All in all, not a bad way to start the preseason and a little bit of hope that this season will be better than the last two.

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