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Browns Browns Archive Brownie Bits: Week 15
Written by Jonathan Knight

Jonathan Knight

brownie elfUseless nuggets of information from Sunday’s Browns game that you can certainly live without…

BAD HISTORY: With Sunday’s defeat, the Browns clinched their fifth consecutive losing record. It’s the longest stretch in team history, topping four-year skids from 2003-2006, 1995-2001, and 1990-1993. This is their 13th losing record in their last 15 seasons and 17th in their last 20.

OFFENSIVE DIFFERENCES: This was the sixth time this season and the second time in three weeks a Browns’ opponent topped 400 total yards. It also marked the sixth time this year the Browns failed to accumulate 300 yards of offense themselves.

MIXED BAG FOR T-RICH: The good news is that Trent Richardson has scored six touchdowns in his last four games, including four scores in his last two. The bad news is that in those last two games, he’s rushed for a total of just 60 yards on 29 carries. Sunday was the fifth time this year he’s rushed for less than 40 yards in a game. Still, he moved within 103 yards of the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

GO FIGURE: Though Washington more than doubled the Browns in total rushing yards (122 to 58), the Browns had a better per-carry average (3.9 to 3.5).

NO-NO NFC: The Browns have now lost seven of their last eight games against NFC opponents and are 4-16 against the NFC over the past five seasons.

POINTS AND DIFFERENTIALS: The 38 points Washington scored were the most the Browns had allowed in a game since the Giants lit them up for 41 in Week 5. This was the Browns’ largest margin of defeat since losing to Houston by 18 points last November - 15 defeats ago.

LONG TIME COMING: To give you an idea for how long it’s been since the Redskins won a game in Cleveland, the last time it happened (1985), Joe Theismann threw for a touchdown and John Riggins ran for another.

TELLING RECORDS: The Browns stand at 4-2 against teams that are currently at or below .500. They’re 1-7 against teams that have winning records.

‘SKIN SCORING PROBLEMS: The Browns had failed to score more than 17 points against the Redskins in their previous seven meetings. This was the Browns’ highest point total against Washington since 1969.

TIDBITS: The Browns only had possession of the football for 2:34 of the fourth quarter and just 8:32 of the second half...The 69-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin accounted for 24% of the Browns’ total yardage for the day....Washington nearly gained more yardage in the second half (271) than the Browns did for the entire game (291).

SURPRISING: T.J. Ward’s interception in the opening minutes was just the third of his three-year career.

SEASON BEST: Reggie Hodges’ 58-yard punt in the first quarter was his longest of the season. He’s now averaging 42 yards per kick in 2012.

HISTORIC LOSS: Going in, the Browns were 6-0 all-time against the Redskins in the month of December.

WEEDEN WOBBLY: Brandon Weeden scored a mediocre 66.8 passer rating on Sunday. Even worse, if you take away the 69-yard scoring pass to Travis Benjamin, it drops to a much more reflective 48.0. For the year, his passer rating is now 72.4.

CHASING PEYTON: With his pair of rushing scores on Sunday, Trent Richardson matched Peyton Hillis’ 11 rushing touchdowns in 2010 and is now just one score away from tying Hillis’ overall tally of 13 two years ago.

THE SERIES: The Browns still have a commanding lead in the all-times series, 33-11-1. The Redskins have won six of the last eight meetings after the Browns won 31 of the first 37.

EAST BEASTS: The Browns finished 0-4 against the NFC East this year and are now 2-12 since their return. Their sole victories were over the Giants in ’08 and the Redskins in ’04.

GROUND GROANS: Compiling just 58 total rushing yards as a team on Sunday, the Browns snapped their string of six consecutive games in which they topped the century mark on the ground. They failed to rush for 100 yards as a team in five of their first seven games - all defeats.

AVERAGE AT HOME: The Browns finished their home schedule with a 4-4 record, marking only the fourth time in the 14 seasons since their rebirth that they didn’t have a losing mark for the season at Cleveland Browns Stadium (joining their 7-1 record in 2007 and 4-4 marks in 2006 and 2001). They’re now 41-71 all-time at CBS.

SACK EXCHANGE: With another sack on Sunday, Juqua Parker maintained his team lead with six for the year. Second-place Jabaal Sheard kept pace, notching his fifth.

OUT-FOXED AGAIN: The Browns are now 10-17 all-time in games televised by FOX. (Keep in mind that all of these games were played in Cleveland.)

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