Browns take lead with help from Vontaze Burfict penalty

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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is often on the radar of officials and coach Marvin Lewis has told him he won’t get the benefit of the doubt on borderline calls, which appeared to hurt him early in Sunday’s game against the Browns.

Burfict was called for a personal foul for a hit on a defenseless receiver for hitting Browns wideout Corey Coleman while Coleman was running a route on a second down play. It was the type of hit that you’d usually expect to draw more than an illegal contact, which suggests that Lewis is right about Burfict’s limited margin for error.

DeShone Kizer scrambled for eight yards to midfield on the play, so the penalty put the Browns into Bengals territory.

They’d move inside the 10, but an offensive pass interference penalty on tight end David Njoku knocked them back and the team had to settle for a Zane Gonzalez field goal that put them up 3-0 with a little more than nine minutes to go in the quarter.

Isaiah Crowell ran five times for 30 yards and the team had 50 rushing yards overall, which matches their total for all of last week’s loss to the Jaguars.

7 responses to “Browns take lead with help from Vontaze Burfict penalty

  1. Nothing “borderline” about that hit at all, it was absolutely 100% legal. The league isn’t even going to pretend anymore they don’t have a target on Burfict. Love him or hate him if you care about football at all you can’t be okay with this

  2. That wasn’t a crap call on VB. Just a normal Sunday for him. You get one chuck inside 5 yards, after that it is a penalty. The crap call was taunting on an 0-10 team. You can play duck duck goose in the end zone but you can’t look at an opposing player after a decent, not even good play.

    Other note – Kizer has to go. Calling your own number time after time is college/high school BS. He does it time and time again. I don’t want the revolving door at QB that the PFT brain trust will talk about, but I think the D is solid, the O needs better play calling and some WRs. We got the picks for that. For once I think they are ready for a real QB. They weren’t before.

    And I hope Zane G is gone after this week as well.

  3. doctorrustbelt says:
    November 26, 2017 at 1:32 pm
    Crap call… but… par for the nfl course.

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    In other words you dont like it on a homey basis. Because there was no question on the penalty. I get it he will get flagged even on borderline calls but this was no such case, any player in the league would have gotten that one called on them.

  4. The announcer said the hit was within 5 yards, which is not a penalty. They also said if it was beyond 5 yards it should be illegal contact not a personal foul.

  5. peytonwantsaflag says:
    November 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm
    Nothing “borderline” about that hit at all, it was absolutely 100% legal. The league isn’t even going to pretend anymore they don’t have a target on Burfict. Love him or hate him if you care about football at all you can’t be okay with this
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    You’re always ready to blindly defend this turd.

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