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09-09-2008, 07:36 PM
Browns say they'll bounce back in Week 2 against rival Steelers

john.dudley@timesnews.com [more details]

Published: September 09. 2008 3:00AM

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CLEVELAND -- Difficult as it is to believe, there is news coming out of the NFL's opening weekend that doesn't involve Tom Brady's knee.

And some of it centered on how the Cleveland Browns will react to hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday on the heels of their season-opening, blowout loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

While the Steelers, last year's AFC North champs, were warming up for their division opener by bludgeoning Houston 38-17 at home, the Browns staggered throughout a 28-10 loss to the Cowboys that exposed their young secondary and raised doubts about the effectiveness of one of the NFL's most potent offenses.

There isn't much time to fix the Browns' problems, with the Steelers due to arrive at Cleveland Browns Stadium for a Sunday night game that will be nationally televised on NBC.

"Next week's game is much bigger than today," said linebacker Andra Davis, part of a defense that surrendered 487 total yards Sunday. "We have a chance to erase what happened today with a win next week."

There is plenty of erasing to do.

The Browns were outplayed in every phase, converted only 3-of-9 third downs and gave up touchdown drives of 80, 69, 69 and 86 yards.

"We have to worry about everything," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said in the wake of the franchise's ninth loss in 10 home season openers since 1999. "Defense, running, coverage and pass rushing -- we'll take a look at that and see if we can get better."

Quarterback Derek Anderson, a Pro Bowler last year in his first season as a starter, came up mostly empty against a swarming Cowboys defense. Anderson threw for only 114 yards and at one point had nine straight incompletions.

His primary weapons were barely factors. Braylon Edwards had two receptions for 14 yards and two costly drops. Donte' Stallworth injured his groin in warm-ups and didn't play.

As a result, the Browns never got their offense in gear, and never were able to get a lead and unleash their power running game behind Jamal Lewis, who pronounced himself healthy Sunday after missing time in the preseason with a sore hamstring.

"I felt great -- how did I look?" Lewis asked in the locker room afterward. "We just need to settle down and get it going and we'll be fine."

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo torched the Browns' young secondary for 320 yards, and wide receiver Terrell Owens burned second-year corner Brandon McDonald for a 35-yard touchdown that gave Dallas the lead for good in the second quarter,

McDonald chalked up the score to miscommunication and suggested the Browns weren't so much overmatched as undisciplined.

"We have some things we need to get fixed," said McDonald, who made only two starts last year but was pressed into a starting role when Daven Holley went down with an injury and the Browns jettisoned Leigh Bodden. "Like I said earlier in the week, they were going to use their weapons and they found ways to do that."

The Steelers have weapons, too, and they were on display Sunday in an easier-than-expected rout of the Texans. Veteran wide receiver Hines Ward caught two touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger, who was a near-perfect 13-of-14 for 137 yards,

The 1-2 backfield punch of Willie Parker (138 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and rookie Rashard Mendenhall helped the Steelers run for 187 yards.

Although the Steelers appear to have all the momentum as they prepare to visit a stadium where they have not lost since 2000, the Browns insist they can turn things around with a good week of practice and better execution this weekend.

"I promise you we will bounce back," safety Mike Adams said. "The only thing hurting is my pride."

JOHN DUDLEY can be reached at 870-1677 or by e-mail. Check out his blog at http://www.GoErie.com/blogs/NFL.

09-09-2008, 07:44 PM
That's what they better be saying. What did you expect them to say, "Damn, we suck...the season's over!" Actually, that wouldn't be too far off. :brownssuck

09-09-2008, 10:33 PM
Gee! The attitude is better than normal.

Too bad their play won't be! :lol: :lol: :lol: