Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Official Game Thread

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CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-9) WEEK 15 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (7-5-1)
VS.
Date: December 15, 2008 Location: Philadelphia, PA
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Stadium: Lincoln Financial Field
TV: ESPN (Local FOX)
Favorite: Eagles by 15.5
Radio: WMMS, 100.7 FM Over/Under: 40
SBN Coverage: Bleeding Green Nation Announcers
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The only excitement I can imagine coming out of this week's game is whenever Joshua Cribbs lines up at quarterback. This isn't about "parity" in the National Football League. Much like last week, we are clearly overmatched. Ken Dorsey doesn't have a strong enough of an arm or the mobility necessary to beat the Eagles' defense. Although our defense has tackled better recently, Brian Westbrook should be able to run all over us.

We're already out of it, and I can't even get into this game because I know full well that Romeo Crennel will not play guys like Beau Bell and Martin Rucker. In other words, there is virtually nothing positive we can get out of this game, even if we win. Sure, it'd be nice to increment our win column by one. At the same time, we could thank Crennel for decrementing the value of our future draft picks.

Let's start off this week's preview with the overall team statistics thus far...

OFFENSE

Category Browns Eagles
Points Scored 17.1 (28th) 26.1 (6th)
Passing 167.7 (29th) 249.8 (5th)
Rushing 100.1 (24th) 104.9 (22nd)
Total Offense (yards) 267.8 (29th) 354.8 (7th)

DEFENSE

Category Browns Eagles
Points Scored 21.2 (14th) 20.2 (11th)
Passing 210.8 (15th) 187.4 (4th)
Rushing 148.5 (28th) 93.1 (6th)
Total Defense (yards) 359.3 (26th) 280.5 (3rd)

CLEVELAND BROWNS Position PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Dorsey shouldn't be blamed for not executing -- he wasn't brought here to win games for us.
  QB - Donovan McNabb threw for 376 yards and 4 TDs the last time he faced Cleveland (2004).
Saying Jamal Lewis will "improve upon last week's performance" isn't saying much.
  RB - Brian Westbrook is utilized in many of the ways I envision Jerome Harrison being used.
Braylon Edwards, Donte Stallworth, and Steve Heiden isn't a horrible starting combination.
- WR - The Eagles have a decent group of young receivers, led by rookie DeSean Jackson.
The line is drained, but unfortunately we really don't have any young guys worth trying out.
- OL - While not as effective as the Titans' line, the Eagles still know how to get the job done.
Memo to Savage: we brought in Corey Williams to be effective -- not just to "be a healthy body".
  DL - Former fifth rounder Trent Cole is having another impressive season. Our first-round d-lineman don't even amount to anything.
Please, please, can't we just try to move Kamerion Wimbley over to the other side for once?
  LB - The Eagles are ranked sixth in defending the run.
Our secondary played well again against the Titans -- can they bait McNabb into some picks?
  DB - Brian Dawkins and Lito Sheppard remain a core veteran duo the Browns are lacking.
Cribbs for president.
- ST - The Eagles are fairly dynamic in the return game, thanks to DeSean Jackson on punts.

 

FINAL PREDICTION: Philadelphia Eagles 27, Cleveland Browns 9.
The Browns' touchdown drought will continue, as the defense will again play tough early on but be worn down by our offense's inability to move the football. Also, if the Eagles' defense scores me 20 fantasy points today, I will somehow survive Buckeye Brad in the DBN Fantasy Football league!

This is the official gameday topic for the Cleveland Browns in Week 15 as battle the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. All comments regarding the game should be posted in this topic. Enjoy the game, and GO BROWNS!!!

 

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