Cleveland Browns – 2014 Mid-Season Recap

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Week 5 . . . Browns @ Titans

After a disappointing 1-2 start to the season, the Browns were, at least, competitive. Their two losses were by a combined 5 points against two of the perceived to be better teams in the AFC North. And, they were exciting games to watch as all three games were decided by field goals either as time expired or close to it.

The Titans had other ideas though and raced out to a commanding 28-3 lead with 2:55 left in the 1st half. Adding to the pain was that the Titans did this with back-up quarterback Charlie Whitehurst replacing injured starter Jake Locker in the early minutes of the 2nd quarter.

. . . clack, clack, clack

However, after the single field goal early in the 2nd quarter, the Browns scored their first of 26 unanswered points with 0:16 left in the first half and never looked back.

The second half belonged to the Browns as they amassed 149 yards rushing with Ben Tate accounting for 124 yards by himself. Brian Hoyer ended up going 21 of 37 for 291 passing yards, 3 TD’s and 1 Int. As it turned out though, the single biggest play of the game was a blocked punt by Tank Carder that resulted in a safety for the Browns and the ball after the free kick. That ensuing drive added a 17 yard scoring strike to Travis Benjamin to pull the Browns to within 6 points and the rest made NFL history. The victory was the largest road team comeback in NFL history and was culminated by a Brian Hoyer to Travis Benjamin 6 yard TD pass with 1:15 left in the game.Benjamin TD vs Titans

So far in the 2014 season, all four of the Browns’ games were decided by three points or less.

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Next up – Week 6; The Pittsburgh Steelers

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I am a transplanted Connecticut Yankee. My family moved to Northern Ohio in the very early 1950's and plopped me right smack dab in the middle of the Otto Graham, Dante Lavelli, Marion Motley era Cleveland Browns and I have been a fan ever since. I'm also an avid history buff so the combination of the NFL and history seems to be a perfect match for me. I hope that I will be successful in sharing some of my research on the history of the NFL and hope you learn something new while reading my articles.
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