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It would be difficult to understate the importance of the Browns winning this game, both for the prospects of this season and for the credibility of the new coaching staff and ownership in the years ahead. Clutch wins have come few and far between since the team's return in 1999 and as a result, it is essential for this new coaching staff to continue to prove to the locker room that this latest regime means business and will not accept failure.
And business is what was taken care of behind another outstanding performance by Jason Campbell (3 TD, 0 INT) and the Browns defense, who sacked Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco 5 times, a week after sacking Chiefs QB Alex Smith 6 times. When it mattered most, the Browns defense was able to put pressure on the quarterback and when facing 3rd down situations of their own, the Browns either converted in a big way (Greg Little for 46 yards on 3rd and 10 in the 4th quarter), or better, Coach Chudzinski showed the faith in his players so rarely displayed by coaches past and converted on 4th down, netting another perfect 2/2 in such situations today.
For years fans and players alike have lamented the aura of losing and lack of a winning culture in Cleveland.
Heading into the Bye week at 4-5, with 7 winnable games remaining, gritty performance after gritty performance has many of us believing the Browns have found daylight once again.
Next Week: Bye
Current Standing: 2nd, AFC North (4-5)