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Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-10-17


Cleveland Browns Notes, Quotes 2008-10-17
--The Redskins were the victims of the most lopsided victory in Browns franchise history. On Nov. 7, 1954, the Browns pounded the Redskins 62-3. George Ratterman took over from Otto Graham at quarterback with the Browns holding a 13-3 lead. By the time Ratterman left the game in the third quarter the Browns led 41-3. Ratterman threw three touchdown passes while completing 10 of 11 passes for 208 yards. The Browns gained 515 yards of offense -- 227 on the ground and 288 through the air.


--The Browns and Redskins played some close games as well. Jim Brown was a rookie when the Browns rallied to win 21-17 in Cleveland on Nov. 3, 1957. Brown rushed 21 times for 109 yards, his best game as a pro up to that point. He scored on touchdown runs of three and nine yards. The Browns, trailing 10-7 in the third quarter, scored two touchdowns for a 21-10 lead and then bled the clock after the Redskins' Bert Zager scored on a 56-yard punt return for just under six minutes to play.

--Bobby Mitchell, traded to the Redskins after the 1961 season, got revenge on the Browns by scoring the winning touchdown with 1:30 left in a 17-16 Washington victory on Sept. 23, 1962. Mitchell lined up as a flanker on the play, caught a short pass from Norm Snead and turned it into a 50-yard scoring play. The Browns still had a chance to win the game, but Lou Groza missed field-goal tries of 34 and 50 yards.

--Running back Clinton Portis was held to 58 yards when the Browns held off the Redskins, 17-13, on Oct. 3 four years ago. Lee Suggs, the Browns less famous running back, outplayed Portis while rushing for 82 yards and the winning touchdown on a three-yard plunge. Amazingly, it was the Browns' first rushing touchdown of the season after a 1-2 September. It was a strange game. Jeff Garcia was flagged twice for intentional grounding. He also threw a touchdown pass to Aaron Shea.

--The Redskins hammered the Browns 42-17 on Oct. 13, 1991, in Washington. Bill Belichick was a rookie head coach, but Joe Gibbs being on the opposite sideline isn't the only reason the Browns lost. Starting right cornerback Randy Hilliard became the Browns eighth defensive back lost to injury when he had to leave the game with a pulled groin.

--"The Express," a movie currently in theatres, centers on Ernie Davis, whose rights were acquired for Bobby Mitchell. Davis died from Leukemia before ever playing an NFL game.

--On Nov. 26, 1967, Redskins quarterback Sonny Jurgensen passed for 418 yards on the Browns but the Browns won, 42-37.

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 -- The Browns have nine interceptions through five games after intercepting 17 passes in 16 game last year.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "As you look around, the Redskins got beat by a team that hadn't won a game, Dallas got beat again and we won a game against a team that was undefeated. That's the way it happens in the NFL." -- Coach Romeo Crennel, on the unpredictability of NFL games.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 17, 2008

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