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Browns blank Patriots in first half

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After the Patriots beat the Texans last weekend, Texans defensive end Antonio Smith joked that the Patriots had spied on the team because they seemed to know all of Houston’s defensive adjustments.

If anyone was spying this week, it was the Browns. The Browns have shut out the Patriots through 30 minutes in New England and hold a 6-0 lead at the half. The Patriots have been held to 130 yards, eight first downs and four punts by the Cleveland defense thus far. Tom Brady was intercepted by D’Qwell Jackson in the first quarter and sacked once on his way to an ugly 7-of-19 for 91 yards in the first half.

The Browns offense hasn’t been nearly as impressive as the defense, but they haven’t turned the ball over and that’s allowed them to run 40 plays and hold the ball for nearly 20 minutes. Jason Campbell is 14-of-23 for 125 yards, but the team hasn’t gotten much of anything on the ground thus far. If they can control the ball and the clock, though, their defense will have a chance to hold on if they can continue to confound Brady.

Easier said than done, even on days that start off as poorly as this one has for the Patriots quarterback.

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19 Responses to “Browns blank Patriots in first half”
  1. elliottcovert says: Dec 8, 2013 2:43 PM

    It seems like the Patriots always lose one game per year to a terrible underdog team under Belichick/Brady.

  2. audient says: Dec 8, 2013 2:44 PM

    You say they have nothing to play for?
    We say they have nothing to lose.

    Go Browns!

  3. bobsacamano2 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:47 PM

    A Mingo ate your Brady.

    (still have no faith in Browns winning this game)

  4. donchacho says: Dec 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    I think they’ll win this game but I don’t see them going far in the playoffs. This is the worst pats team in the last decade, they can’t even dominate average to mediocre teams. If a good team gets up on them they’ll be in a lot of trouble

  5. coltsreign says: Dec 8, 2013 2:50 PM

    TGITB
    Keep it up browns
    Even if we lose the pats will go down with us.
    #HUGEFAVOR

  6. flash1283 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:53 PM

    donchacho says:
    Dec 8, 2013 2:50 PM
    I think they’ll win this game but I don’t see them going far in the playoffs. This is the worst pats team in the last decade, they can’t even dominate average to mediocre teams. If a good team gets up on them they’ll be in a lot of trouble


    You mean a team like Denver who was up 24 and lost?

  7. cgsuddeath says: Dec 8, 2013 2:56 PM

    NE will come back a blow them out.

  8. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 8, 2013 2:56 PM

    Wow, the Patriots are bad.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 8, 2013 3:01 PM

    Andy Dalton vs. DIVISION RIVAL Cleveland:

    60 QB rating

    tom brady vs. Cleveland:

    45 QB rating

  10. logicalcomment says: Dec 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    GRONK just down and it looks VERY BAD, knee injury

  11. floridascuba1 says: Dec 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    3rd game. Watch them come out clicking at half. Still saying Pats are cheating again. It’s a awfully familiar to last time.

  12. thebirdofprey2 says: Dec 8, 2013 3:12 PM

    Wow TJ Ward just laid one of the dirtiest hits on Gronk. That is as bad or worse than the one Texans S put on Dustin Keller.

    Not a Pats fans but I felt sick for them losing such a good player to dirty play.

  13. jasonculhane says: Dec 8, 2013 3:20 PM

    Naw…Just look like the Pats took a week off of spying due to all the attention they were getting. They’ll be back at again when they play a team that matters.

    That’s 3 weeks in a row, they’ve had a first half that sucked.

  14. donchacho says: Dec 8, 2013 3:30 PM

    I wouldn’t call that a typical game flash, but as I’m typing this 80 yard catch by gordon. That’s what I’m talkin about smartass

  15. flash1283 says: Dec 8, 2013 3:41 PM

    donchacho says:
    Dec 8, 2013 3:30 PM
    I wouldn’t call that a typical game flash, but as I’m typing this 80 yard catch by gordon. That’s what I’m talkin about smartass


    Oh no 8 point game. Smart ass

  16. dcpatfan says: Dec 8, 2013 3:51 PM

    Tom is looking less than stellar…and Nate Solder needs a timeout with Dante

  17. urbusted2 says: Dec 8, 2013 4:22 PM

    cgsuddeath says:
    Dec 8, 2013 2:56 PM
    NE will come back a blow them out.

    I Don’t think so….

  18. donchacho says: Dec 8, 2013 4:47 PM

    Can you read? I said they would probably win the game! My point was that if they keep playing like this a good team will bury them. The browns are not a good team. That being said if the refs didn’t gift them that bogus pi call the browns probably win that game

  19. magnuminsp says: Dec 8, 2013 4:48 PM

    27-26

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