The Browns seem to be unable to handle the 49ers' outstandingl playing on both sides of the ball in a 20-10 loss.
By James W. Wade III
The Cleveland Browns lost another game this week against the
The Browns are now (3-4) and played without their running backs backs. Peyton Hillis didn't play for the second straight game because of a hamstring injury and Cleveland then lost Montario Hardesty to a calf injury in the first half.
McCoy accounted for four of Cleveland's five fumbles, one of which was lost and helped set up Gore's early TD run.
McCoy lost the ball on the second play from scrimmage after he was stripped by Ahmad Brooks. Isaac Sopoaga recovered at the Cleveland 20. Gore ran 4 yards for the first points. Gore rushed for a touchdown in his fourth straight game, the first time in his career he's done so.
McCoy was sacked four more times after five last week by the Seahawks.
Cleveland's D'Qwell Jackson hurt the Browns with a costly facemask penalty against Gore that would have stopped San Francisco on third down 2 yards short in the waning minutes. David Akers sealed it with his second field goal of the day, a 26-yarder.
It was clear to see the 49ers were the better opponent. They were the bigger, stronger, and tougher team, and it showed on both sides of the line of the scrimmage. The Niners took a street-brawler’s approach to this one, and the Browns weren’t able to handle it.
McCoy did some highly impressive work as a runner. He is a legitimate big-play threat as a scrambler. But it would be nice to see him do a whole lot more with his passing arm. His throw to