But after consecutive close losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins, the Browns appear close to notching their first win of the season. And just as everything else in this three-games-old season, it wasn’t easy.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor put up a heck of a performance in his team’s overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins last week.
The Dolphins don’t have much time to celebrate. The Bengals are one of the contenders in the league and they’ll be playing them in the NFL’s weekly Thursday night showcase.
This one was nearly decided in regulation.
On Sunday, against the Cleveland Browns, former first-round right tackle Ja’Wuan James was shown the bench after giving in to a pass rush that resulted in a strip-sack in the fourth quarter. I’m anxious to see just how head coach Hue Jackson will use Pryor. He missed three of his six field-goal tries September 25, including a 46-yarder that would have won it on the final play of regulation.
Billy Turner then replaced James in overtime as the Dolphins won by a game-winning Jay Ajayi touchdown run. “There was one to (wide receiver) Jarvis (Landry), he threw it in that area knowing, ‘There’s nobody there if I could get a second to get it there.’ That’s the frustrating part about playing quarterback”.
More, please… Punter Matt Darr may have been Miami’s best player on Sunday.
“I know everybody will say it came down to the field goals, but I’m not going to put that kind of pressure on Cody”, Browns coach Hue Jackson said.
Granted, Tannehill has made his own fair share of mistakes.
Terrelle Pryor, the Cleveland Browns’ breakout wide receiver, thinks his 0-3 team has a chance to win out and finish 13-3. Jason Jones recovered the fumble. But Wake was flagged for an offside.
Extra Points. I was watching this game and I noticed Tannehill kept throwing to DeVante Parker, and aside from a touchdown play, unsuccessfully.
In the two games before, Pryor made six catches for 100 total yards and did not have a rushing or passing attempt.
“It’s awesome but learning quarterback, running back, receiver, it takes a lot of mental gymnastics to be able to go out there and do it the right way”, left tackle Joe Thomas said on Wednesday. Later on before halftime Miami also kicked a field tying the game at 10-10. And the lead got stretched to 24-13 when Tannehill hit Damien Williams with what became a 10-yard scoring throw early in the fourth. Now there is only one thing left to do – win.
Parkey would play a key role in the game, but for the wrong reasons.
Cody Kessler, the Browns’ third starting QB this season, went 21 for 33 passes for 244 yards.
Beyond that, the Browns grew while falling to 0-3 on the season.
Miami offensive line also suffered from the injury bug as center Anthony Steen and left tackle Branden Albert both hurt their ankle against the Browns. Koa Misi (neck) and Jelani Jenkins (groin and knee) sat out Tuesday’s practice, and Kiko Alonso was limited because of a hamstring injury.