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Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-09-27


Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-09-27
--The first game between the Browns and the expansion Bengals, played on Oct. 11, 1970, had extra significance because Paul Brown was coaching the Bengals against his old team. Art Modell fired Brown in 1963, two years after buying the Browns for $4 million. The Browns won the first game, 30-27, but five weeks later the Bengals got revenge, 14-10.


--Butch Davis' final game as head coach was against the Bengals in Cincinnati in 2004. The Bengals won a wild shootout, 58-48. The Browns were driving for what could have been the winning touchdown, but Kelly Holcomb's pass for Aaron Shea was intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Davis said he had 'a panic attack' and resigned the next day.

--Derek Anderson's coming-out party was against the Bengals in Game 2 of 2007. Anderson completed 20 of 33 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns -- two to Braylon Edwards, two to Joe Jurevicius and one to Kellen Winslow Jr. Leigh Bodden iced the game for the Browns by intercepting a pass from Carson Palmer on the Browns 27 with 20 seconds left.

--The low point of Anderson's career was also against the Bengals last season. He threw four interceptions in the 19-14 loss that knocked them out of the playoffs. Two were thrown at the end of the first half, resulting in a pair of Cincinnati touchdowns, one with 1:05 left in the second quarter on a catch by T.J. Houshmandzadeh and one with 26 seconds left in the half on a run by Kenny Watson.

--The Browns franchise record for total points between both teams was the game played between the Browns and Bengals on Nov. 28, 2004, when the Bengals won 58-48. The second-highest point total between two teams in a game involving the Browns was the 51-45 victory over Cincinnati in the second game last year.

--In 1987 the NFL players went on strike, but it began to weaken after three games involving replacement players. The Browns had nine regulars in the lineup compared to two for the Bengals in a game played in Riverfront Stadium. Gary Danielson threw four touchdown passes while completing 25 of 31 passes for 281 yards. Danielson said the statistics shouldn't have counted because of the mismatch. It was the first shutout in 34 meetings between the Browns and Bengals.

--The big debate for the Browns in 1999 was which quarterback to take with the first pick in the draft. They chose Tim Couch over Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith. History shows Couch and Smith had ill-fated careers, but when they met in Cleveland Browns Stadium on Oct. 10, 1999, Smith was making his first NFL start. Smith threw the winning touchdown pass to Carl Pickens with nine seconds left. He let the Browns know what he thought about them spurning him by standing at midfield and taunted the Browns after the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Times the Browns started 0-3 prior to 2008. Their best finish was 5-11 in 1980.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have to focus on getting the guys on the field that give us the best chance to win, guys that will concentrate and focus and play to the best of their ability. Then we have to try to adapt and adjust if a guy is limited for whatever reason to try to limit the tough situations that he's put in." -- Head coach Romeo Crennel, on possible lineup changes.



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: September 27, 2008

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