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Postby slowkidz » Sun Oct 03, 2004 6:19 pm

Cleveland 17, Washington 13

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
October 3, 2004

AP - Oct 3, 3:03 pm EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Finally on the field, Lee Suggs
got the Cleveland Browns running in the right
direction.

Suggs, who missed Cleveland's first three games
with a neck injury, rushed for 82 yards and
scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth
quarter, leading the Browns to a 17-13 win over
the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

From his first carry of the season, a 25-yard
dash in the first quarter, the speedy Suggs gave
the Browns (2-2) the spark that their ground game
had been missing.

Jeff Garcia went 14-of-21 for 195 yards and a TD
for the Browns, who didn't secure the win until
Washington's Laveranues Coles fumbled with two
minutes left.

The Redskins (1-3) can pin their third straight
loss on going just 1-for-11 on third downs. Mark
Brunell finished 17-of-38 for 192 yards.

Browns tight end Aaron Shea had a TD catch and
Phil Dawson kicked a 31-yard field goal,
extending his NFL-leading streak to 18 in a row.


John Hall kicked two field goals for Washington.

Leading by four late, the Browns faked a field
goal but holder Derrick Frost was stopped short
of a first down. Brunell then completed a 13-yard
pass to Coles, who fumbled as he was being taken
down, and Browns safety Earl Little recovered.

Garcia, who played poorly in Cleveland's two
previous losses, then only had to kneel and run
out the clock since the Redskins had used up
their timeouts.

Clinton Portis gained only 58 yards on 20
carries.

Other than his 25-yarder the first time he
touched it, Suggs wasn't very flashy -- just
efficient. With the Browns down 13-10, he ripped
off a 14-yard run as Cleveland drove for the
go-ahead score and Garcia completed a huge
third-down pass to Quincy Morgan.

A few plays later, Garica lofted a 26-yard pass
to uncovered wideout Andre' Davis to the
Washington 3. On the next play, Suggs pushed in
to make it 17-13.

Trailing 10-3, the Browns, who have yet to score
a TD in the first half this season, were booed as
they left the field for halftime.

Garcia's struggles continued as he went just
4-for-8 for 64 yards -- 37 coming on one play --
in the first 30 minutes.

But Cleveland got a break when Portis fumbled on
the first play of the third quarter and Andra
Davis recovered at the Washington 31.

Garcia capitalized, using three short rollout
passes, the last to Shea, who ran untouched for
14 yards and then plowed over two defenders for
the last one as the Browns tied it 10-10.

A gamble by Redskins coach Joe Gibbs late in the
second quarter led to Washington's first
touchdown. Gibbs decided not to punt and went for
it on fourth-and-6 from the Cleveland 37.

The Browns then got burned on a blitz as Brunell
found Coles wide open over the middle for 30
yards. Two plays later, Portis surged in from the
1 and the Redskins took a 10-3 lead.

Hall gave the Redskins a 3-0 lead with a 31-yard
field goal in the first quarter.

Helped by two Washington penalties -- one a
questionable flag against safety Matt Bowen for
roughing Garcia -- the Browns tied it on Dawson's
30-yard kick.
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Postby slowkidz » Sun Oct 03, 2004 6:20 pm

Suggs sparks Browns victory
October 3, 2004


Jeff Garcia overcame a slow start, and Lee Suggs
provided a much-needed spark as the Browns
rallied to beat the Redskins, 17-13.

Suggs, playing for the first time in the regular
season, ran 22 times for 82 yards and scored the
game-winning touchdown, a 3-yarder, with 6:51 to
play.

His run capped an impressive nine-play, 80-yard
drive. Suggs carried four times for 32 yards on
the drive, and Garcia completed a 23-yard pass to
Andre' Davis that set up Suggs' touchdown.

Earl Little recovered a Laveranues Coles fumble
with 1:58 to go, thwarting the Redskins' last
attempt to win. Kevin Bentley was credited with
the forced fumble.

Garcia finished 14-of-21 passing for 195 yards.
He threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Shea
in the third quarter to tie the game at 10.

The Browns defense held Clinton Portis to 58
rushing yards on 20 carries.

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Postby slowkidz » Sun Oct 03, 2004 6:20 pm

Winning is what matters
By Pat McManamon, Editor
October 3, 2004


The neighbor - one of the good guys in the
suburban 'hood we call home - reminded me before
I left for Sunday's game.

"Be fair and balanced," he said.

No problem.

Little did I know what I was in for, though.
Let's just say that Sunday's 17-13 win over the
Washington Redskins was not one of the prettiest
games you'll ever see.

But to be completely fair and balanced, the
Browns snuck one out the side door. On a day when
they did not play well and did not look like they
had a sense of smell, much less a sense of
urgency, the Browns pulled out a win thanks to
Lee Suggs and a fourth-quarter drive that finally
saw quarterback Jeff Garcia making some plays.

That 80-yard drive led to a Suggs touchdown that
put the Browns ahead. The win sends the Browns to
Pittsburgh with some good feelings - but also
with much, much, much room for improvement.

The brightest note on a day that could have been
very disappointing was the running of Lee Suggs,
who provided the lift the struggling offense
needed.

Suggs opened with a 25-yard run, then had 12
yards on his next 12 carries but came up with
several big carries in the fourth quarter as the
Browns turned a 10-3 halftime deficit into a win.


Garcia, too, finally completed a few big passes.
Most notable were a third-down throw to Quincy
Morgan and a key throw off the blitz to Andre'
Davis that set up the go-ahead touchdown.

Up 17-13 and trying to run out the clock, Garcia
also hit Davis down the sideline on a pump-and-go
for a big completion on third-and-two.

Was it pretty? No.

But when Dallas beat the Browns in week two, Bill
Parcells said his team didn't play well but it
had won - and that was what mattered.

The Browns did a lot of things to hurt
themselves. They made some bonehead plays. They
were booed coming off the field at halftime.

But when all was said and done, they had won.

And that mattered more than anything
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Postby kanezfan11 » Tue Oct 05, 2004 3:09 pm

Nice.

Any team that beats the 'Skins get's my thumbs up. ;-D ;-)
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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed Oct 06, 2004 5:12 pm

If you'll notice (which you probably didn't), I picked Cleveland to win this week on Ladders...just had a feeling. ;-) Too bad I picked that as game 13 (as well as SD over TEN as game 14). :-t

This week is a different story, though...should be another great Steelers vs. Browns contest! ;-D
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