CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - This was Josh McCown's finest day as a Brown, and one of his finest as a pro. It wasn't just the 356 yards passing, or the two
touchdowns. It was the pocket presence, at times making something out of what appeared to be nothing. Yes, he fumbled again, which he's done now in 6 of his past 7 seven games, but down the stretch, McCown did his part, and then some. I'm giving him an "A".
It's no secret who his go-to-guy is. Gary Barnidge set up the first field goal with a 27 yard catch, and set up the game-tying sequence with a spectacular, juggling 19 yard catch. Then, of course, he pulled in the touchdown, which set up the two-point conversion
that tied the game with two minutes left. Barnidge is taking home an "A".
Duke Johnson couldn't have done much more. 9 catches for 85 yards, his first NFL TD, and something you may have missed: a great block on Manti T'eo on the 15 yard pass to Travis Benjamin in the final minute of the first half that set up a game-tying field goal.
The rookie is rolling away with his first "A+".
The defense? I'm not gonna hang Philip Rivers' first TD toss on 'em. It was a perfect pass. There wasn't much Pierre Desir could do about defending that throw. But three times McCown gave 'em the lead, and three times they failed to hold it, and then, they
folded like a cheap tent in the end. Can't spell defense without the "D".
As for the head coach, he has to set the tone for this team, yet Mike Pettine watched 'em rack up 12 more penalties, for 91 yards, including an offsides call that gave Josh Lambo another shot to win it, which, of course, Lambo did. The stupid mistakes continue
to kill this team, and continue to bring the coach down to a "C".
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