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Tony's Take: A flat start and a flat finish make for another miserable afternoon at home

Sep 23, 2012 -- 6:41pm

By Tony Grossi

Tony’s Take on Browns 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills

Offense: It didn’t show up in the first and fourth quarters. Possessions in the first quarter: Three plays and punt, three plays and punt, three plays and punt. Possessions in the fourth quarter: Five plays and punt, five plays and punt, two plays and interception, three plays and interception. Leading wide receiver on the day: Josh Gordon, three catches for 40 yards. Bottom line: Remarkably inefficient.

Defense: They knocked out C.J. Spiller early and still gave up 91 yards to replacement back Tashard Choice. Ryan Fitzpatrick was the second QB in two games to toss three touchdowns against them to three different receivers. If anyone had a good game, I apologize for missing it. Bottom line: Never met a screen pass it could defend.

Special teams: Reggie Hodges averaged 35.4 yards net on eight punts. They allowed punt returns of 33 and 20 yards to Leodis McKelvin. On the positive side, Josh Cribbs had two kick returns of 34 yards and a punt return of 27 yards. Bottom line: Simply not good enough.

Coaching: How can a team come out so flat seemingly everyt home game? What a buzz kill to go 3-and-out on the first three offensive possessions of the game. In the fourth quarter, down by 10 points, Pat Shurmur punted on fourth-and-nine from his own 36 with 6:30 to go. Bottom line: Nine losses in a row.

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and

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