2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Weeden's INT dooms Browns in 31-17 loss to Lions

By TOM WITHERS - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-13 18:34

CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Weeden's decision-making has been questioned throughout his brief NFL career.

One choice Sunday may haunt Cleveland's quarterback until his playing days are over.

Weeden's ill-advised, backhanded flip toward fullback Chris Ogbonnaya was intercepted by Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy with 4:36 left, and the Lions rallied for a 31-17 win. The Browns fell apart in the second half and had their winning streak stopped at three.

With the Browns trailing 24-17, Weeden, under pressure and grabbed around the left ankle by defensive tackle C.J. Mosley, attempted to pitch the ball over Ogbonnaya's head. Levy reached up and snared it in front of Detroit's sideline, ending Cleveland's comeback attempt.

``Just a boneheaded play,'' said Weeden, making his first start since Week 2. ``It's on me.''

Weeden's blunder wasn't all that went wrong for the Browns (3-3), who led 17-7 at halftime but were outscored 24-0 after that by the Lions (4-2).

Matthew Stafford threw four touchdown passes - three to huge tight end Joseph Fauria.

Weeden was making his first start since Sept. 15, when he sprained his right thumb in a loss to Baltimore. While he was sidelined, Brian Hoyer led the Browns to two straight wins before sustaining a season-ending knee injury Oct. 3 against Buffalo.

This was Weeden's second chance to prove he could be a long-term solution at quarterback. But one day before his 30th birthday, Weeden may have thrown it away.

``In that situation, you're trying to make a play. You don't want to hurt your team by taking an 8-, 10-yard sack,'' Weeden said. ``I tried to flip it as far as I could. Anytime you try underhand stuff, bad things happen.''

Weeden's costly mistake put an exclamation point on a second half in which the Browns couldn't find a rhythm on offense and couldn't stop Detroit's offense.

After the Browns held Reggie Bush to 14 total yards in the first half, the versatile running back gashed them for 121 in the second. Whenever he needed a big play, Stafford got the ball to Bush, who had a 39-yard run in the third and caught an 18-yard TD pass to bring Detroit within 17-14.

Stafford finished 25 of 43 for 248 yards. He completed eight passes to Kris Durham, who took over as Detroit's primary target with superstar Calvin Johnson not himself because of a balky right knee. Johnson, who missed last week's loss at Green Bay, had just three catches for 25 yards, but the Browns were forced to keep a watchful eye on ``Megatron'' at all times.

``If your playmakers are not making plays, you go to your other playmaker, which is Reggie Bush, and that's what they brought him in for,'' Browns linebacker Quentin Groves said. ``He had our number today.''

Unlike the previous two weeks, the Browns didn't get any breaks, either. A long pass by Weeden to Greg Little in the fourth quarter was ruled out of bounds, and Browns coach Rob Chudzinski lost a replay challenge of the call. Groves was called for roughing Stafford, giving the Lions a first down and setting up their final score.

After gaining a season-high 115 yards rushing in the first half, the Browns picked up just 11 after halftime as Detroit's defensive front turned things around after being dominated early on.

``I give a lot of credit to Detroit,'' Chudzinski said. ``I thought they came out and took the game. Every time we looked and there was a play to be made, they made it. It seemed like every time they needed a play, Reggie Bush was there.''

Weeden wasn't there when the Browns needed him.

Although he finished 26 of 43 for 292 yards and two TDs, his performance will be stamped by the botched flip.

``It all happened so fast. You're trying to make a play. You want to be smart - don't take the sack. But I've just got to fall on it,'' he said. ``Take the sack and move on. That play's on me.''

NOTES: Browns WR Josh Gordon had seven catches for 126 yards. ... Weeden threw an interception - also by Levy - in the first half, his first in 111 attempts. ... Browns LB Jabaal Sheard missed his third straight game with a sprained left knee. He returned to practice this week but isn't ready to play. ... WR Travis Benjamin had a 45-yard run on an end-around in the first half. But the Lions did a great job against Benjamin on punt returns, holding him to minus-10 yards on three returns. He had 179 yards in returns against the Bills 10 days ago.

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Thaddeus LewisJul 22 10:33a

Buffalo Bills QBs Jeff Tuel and Thaddeus Lewis are alternating series with the second unit in team drills Tuesday, July 22.

Tyler BrayJul 22 09:13a

Kansas City Chiefs QBs Tyler Bray and Chase Daniel are likely to compete for one roster spot with QB Aaron Murray likely to make the team behind starting QB Alex Smith.

Navorro BowmanJul 22 12:13a

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) will likely return to action in Week 9 after the team's Week 8 bye, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Jacques McClendonJul 21 11:03p

Jacksonville Jaguars OG Jacques McClendon is the frontrunner to start at right guard heading into training camp, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. OG Brandon Linder is the other candidate for the starting job.

Aaron ColvinJul 21 10:53p

Jacksonville Jaguars CB Aaron Colvin (knee) will begin training camp and the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate [ More ]

Jeromy MilesJul 21 10:03p

Baltimore Ravens S Jeromy Miles has seen some reps with the first-team defense this offseason and is a dark horse candidate to win the starting free safety job, according to ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley.

Brandon MosleyJul 21 09:43p

New York Giants OT Brandon Mosley will be given the first chance to start in place of OG Chris Snee when the first-team offensive line takes the field Tuesday, [ More ]

T.J. GrahamJul 21 09:23p

Buffalo Bills WR T.J. Graham had a pass fall through his hands after beating his defender on a deep route in camp Monday, July 21.ESPN.com's Mike Rodak believes Graham [ More ]

Sammy WatkinsJul 21 09:02p

Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins made several big plays in practice Monday, July 21, according to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak. Watkins beat CB Leodis McKelvin deep, hauled in a pass [ More ]

Marvin JonesJul 21 07:03p

Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron (shoulder), WR Marvin Jones (ankle) and CB Onterio McCalebb (knee) have been placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

Devon StillJul 21 07:03p

Cincinnati Bengals OG Clint Boling (knee), LB Marquis Flowers (hamstring), P Kevin Huber (neck), WR Colin Lockett (hamstring), DT Zach Minter (back), DT Devon Still (back) and WR Ryan [ More ]

Cordy GlennJul 21 06:53p

Buffalo Bills OT Cordy Glenn (illness) does not have a timetable for his return at this point, according to head coach Doug Marrone. 'I don't know that. It's a [ More ]

Mike CaussinJul 21 06:43p

The Washington Redskins have signed free-agent TE Mike Caussin (Bills). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The team also waived LS Kyle Nelson.

Cheta OzougwuJul 21 06:32p

New Orleans Saints DE Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) and DT John Jenkins (pectoral) have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Brennan WilliamsJul 21 06:22p

Houston Texans OT Brennan Williams (undisclosed) has been waived with a failed physical designation.

Brian CushingJul 21 06:22p

Houston Texans DT Louis Nix (undisclosed), LB Brian Cushing (undisclosed) and LB Trevardo Williams (undisclosed) have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Eric HaggJul 21 06:13p

Denver Broncos SS Eric Hagg has informed the team that he has decided to retire from professional football.

Dominique EasleyJul 21 05:23p

New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley, RB Roy Finch, LB Deontae Skinner and OT Chris Martin have been placed on the team's non-football injury list.

Alfonzo DennardJul 21 05:23p

New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), WR Aaron Dobson (foot), WR Jeremy Gallon (undisclosed), DT Tommy Kelly (knee) and WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed) will begin training camp on [ More ]

Leon HallJul 21 05:12p

Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) and CB Leon Hall (Achilles') will begin training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list.

Jon BeasonJul 21 05:12p

New York Giants LB Jon Beason (foot) will begin training camp on the team's physically unable to perform list.

John JerryJul 21 05:02p

New York Giants OT William Beatty (leg), OG John Jerry (knee) and WR Mario Manningham (knee) will be limited when training camp starts.

Kraig UrbikJul 21 04:33p

Buffalo Bills OT Chris Hairston and OG Kraig Urbik saw first-team repetitions at right guard Monday, July 21.

Dezmon BriscoeJul 21 04:03p

The Dallas Cowboys signed free-agent WR Dezmon Briscoe (Redskins), according to his agent. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Phillip HuntJul 21 03:12p

Former Philadelphia Eagles DE Phillip Hunt (knee) has recovered from anterior cruciate ligament surgery and should begin workouts with teams in the near future.

Chris ConteJul 21 02:12p

Chicago Bears FS Chris Conte said he feels good as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but is unsure of his availability for the start of training camp. He could [ More ]

Alameda Ta'amuJul 21 01:53p

Arizona Cardinals DT Alameda Ta'amu (knee) and FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) are candidates to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp.

David WilsonJul 21 01:42p

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) should be able to help the offense if he is able to stay healthy this upcoming season, according to former offensive coordinator [ More ]

Chris SneeJul 21 01:42p

Updating a previous report, New York Giants OG Chris Snee has officially announced his retirement from professional football.

Garrett CelekJul 21 01:22p

San Francisco 49ers TEs Derek Carrier and Garrett Celek will compete for the No. 3 tight end spot during training camp.

De'Anthony ThomasJul 21 01:22p

Kansas City Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas spent most of his time with the running backs during practice Monday, July 21. Thomas run a lot of passing routes out of [ More ]

Christopher OwensJul 21 01:13p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee), WR Kyle Williams (knee), WR A.J. Jenkins (hamstring) and CB Christopher Owens (hamstring) participated in practice Monday, July 21.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group