Monday, December 13, 2004

Two Underreported Facts about the Cleveland Browns

I wonder why the professional sports writers in Cleveland haven’t put more emphasis on two particular items (to my knowledge they’ve barely commented on these points)…

1) The Cleveland Browns strength of schedule has been the toughest in the NFL. Coming into Buffalo, their opponents were at .599.

2) The Browns apparently had an All-Pro middle linebacker in Andra Davis. How could someone tell? Davis went down with an injury during the 10-7 loss to the New York Jets. I don’t recall for sure, but I seem to recall the Browns were the 12th ranked defense at that point (in terms of yardage surrendered). Overall, the team was allowing opponents to score 20.8 points per game. In the last three weeks, without Davis in the line-up, they’ve given up 45.6 points per game. The last three games have been plagued by poor tackling. And you guessed it; Davis was the leading tackler.

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