Exposed: Patriots Embarrassed By Browns In 34-14 Rout

The Browns handed the Patriots their second loss of the season, dominating them in all aspects of the game. For more, visit SB Nation Cleveland and our team blogs, Pats Pulpit and Dawgs By Nature.

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Browns 34, Patriots 14: Peyton Hillis Leads Cleveland To Rout Over New England

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy threw for 174 yards on 14-of-19 passing and also turned in a rushing score as Cleveland posted an unexpected rout over New England, 34-14, at Browns Stadium.

Peyton Hillis ran for a career-best 184 yards and two scores on 29 carries for the Browns (3-5), who have won two in a row sandwiched around a bye week, and helped head coach Eric Mangini gain a measure of revenge against the team which employed him as a defensive coach from 2000-05.

"It's special. It's special because of my guys," Mangini said when asked if he held any special significance in beating one of his former teams. "It's a good group of guys who work hard."

Chansi Stuckey added an 11-yard TD rush and Phil Dawson kicked two field goals for Cleveland, which snapped a four-game losing streak to New England stretching back to November 12, 2000.

Tom Brady completed 19-of-36 passes for 224 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Aaron Hernandez for the Patriots (6-2), who hadn't tasted defeat since a Week 2 loss on the road against the New York Jets.

Hernandez wound up with 48 yards on five receptions and Danny Woodhead was limited to 54 yards on nine carries for New England, which travels to Pittsburgh next Sunday night.

"Obviously they did everything better than we did, every single thing you could measure," noted Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. "We've got a lot of work to do. Pick any subject you want we didn't do what we wanted to."

McCoy put the Browns ahead 24-7 with 5:53 to play in the third quarter, as his bolt for the left pylon from 16 yards out was upheld by a lengthy review.

The rookie signal-caller then orchestrated a 13-play, 61-yard march which bridged the third and fourth periods and ended on a 37-yard field goal from Dawson.

The visitors earned a reprieve on their next series, as a defensive pass interference call on a 4th-and-10 gave them possession at the Browns' one. Brady hit Hernandez two plays later, cutting the Patriots' deficit to 27-14 with 6:37 remaining.

However, Hillis broke to the outside and rolled into the end zone for a 35- yard score with 2:38 to play and the Browns extended their advantage to 34-14.

Brian Hoyer was under center for the Patriots' next drive but was picked off by Eric Wright on the second play of the series. Cleveland didn't advance the ball and a punt pinned New England in the shadow of its own goal line in the final seconds.

"The will to win is something we talked about a lot. First, you learn how to compete, then you learn how to win, and then you learn how to win consistently," Mangini said about his philosophy in trying to turn around the franchise. "So my expectations are that we continue to learn how to win consistently. That's important to keep in step as a team."

Cleveland's initial drive of the contest resulted in a Dawson 38-yard field goal, then after Pats returner Sammy Morris muffed the kickoff, the Browns were set up on the New England 19-yard line.

Evan Moore made a leaping catch at the right sideline for 17 yards on first down, then Hillis rumbled up the middle for a two-yard score and 10-0 advantage.

Hillis, though, coughed up the ball on the Browns' ensuing drive but the Pats failed to make any headway.

New England did pick up its first points of the day when Hernandez hauled in a tipped pass at the back of the end zone and got both feet in before falling out of bounds. It capped an 11-play, 79-yard drive with 8:43 left in the half.

Stuckey's 11-yard run to paydirt on the ensuing possession put the Browns up 17-7, and the Patriots fumbled away a chance at points in the final seconds of the half when tight end Rob Gronkowski had the ball stripped away near the goal line.

"We didn't play well. We had to take advantage of scoring opportunities, gotta convert on third down, and gotta hold on to the football," added Brady. "Collectively, we have to perform better with our backs against the wall."

Cleveland outgained the visitors by a 404-283 count and limited New England to 68 yards rushing...Patriots kicked Stephen Gostkowski left the game in the second quarter with a thigh injury and did not return...New England had also taken six of the last seven meetings with Cleveland dating back to 1995...Patriots guard Logan Mankins was in the starting lineup for the first time since resolving a contract dispute. He was added to the active roster on Saturday...The Browns host the Jets next Sunday.

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Peyton Hillis Ices It With Long Touchdown Run

Peyton Hillis just put the game out of reach, running 35 yards into the end zone to give the Browns a 34-14 lead. The Browns doubled their average scoring on the season against the Patriots defense, and scored four more than the Bills, who had set the previous high against the 2010 Pats at 30.

For a team that was one week ago being hailed as the best in the league, it’s a loud wake up call that there are huge problems left unsolved on both sides of the ball. The Pats certainly didn’t look 6-1 this week, and going into Pittsburgh next week, they can’t afford to look like anything else.

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Hernandez Grabs Second Touchdown, Brings Patriots Within Two Scores

It might be too little too late, but the Patriots have finally scored again.

Rob Gronkowski drew a pass interference call in the end zone to put the Pats in easy striking distance, and Tom Brady found Aaron Hernandez for his second touchdown of the game—another leaping grab from the tight end.

Wes Welker kicked the extra point for the injured Stephen Gostkowski, making it a 27-14 game.

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Browns Pull Away As McCoy Takes It Himself For Seven

The Patriots are facing their biggest deficit of the season as the Browns have taken a 17-point lead following a 16-yard touchdown scramble by Colt McCoy.

It seemed like the Patriots might have some life coming out of the half, moving to midfield in a hurry, but a false start and missed catches by Aaron Hernandez stopped the drive well short. The Browns responded by marching steadily downfield for a 10-play, 7-minute touchdown drive capped off by McCoy’s run.

It’s do or die time in Cleveland.

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Gronkowski's Red Zone Fumble Costs Pats Points

Remember that game in the preseason where Rob Gronkowski hopped into the end zone, dragging a defender all the way?

Well, this is why you don’t do that. After Brady led the team down the field in the last few minutes of the half, Gronkowski caught a pass around the 5-yard line, stayed on his feet, pushed towards the end zone, and coughed the ball up. That’s at least three points thrown down the drain, probably seven.

The Patriots are looking at a 10-point deficit at the half, and so far, aren’t showing signs that they’re a good enough team today to recover from it. Gonna need another good halftime talk from Bill Belichick.

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Browns Return Fire, Injuries Piling Up For Patriots

The Browns didn’t waste any time building the lead back up to 10. A squib kick set Cleveland up with good field position, letting McCoy lead the Browns down the field on another touchdown drive, escaping big third down pressure to extend the drive in the red zone. A trick play freed Chansi Stuckey for an 11-yard run into the end zone for the touchdown.

Meanwhile, the Patriots have lost kicker Stephen Gostkowski to a thigh injury—his return is questionable—and Kyle Arrington went down on the touchdown run. No word yet on his status.

The Patriots have three minutes to drive down the field and get the game closer before the half.

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Browns Winning Field Position Battle As Teams Exchange Punts

Things have quieted down some as a Peyton Hillis fumble and improved defense from the Pats has kept the Browns off the board. But if the Browns aren’t getting much, the Patriots are getting far less.

Everything seems to be going wrong on offense, really. Brady is missing open receivers and rushing throws. BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran directly into his blocker with almost nobody else nearby, and if Rob Gronkowski catches a pass this game it will be a miracle.

The Pats have been a second-half team of late, but they just got outgained by over 100 yards in the first quarter. Something has to change fast or they’re going to have their work cut out for them at the half.

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Huge Special Teams Gaffe Costs The Patriots Seven

The Patriots have dug an early hole for themselves with one big stupid mistake.

After the Browns’ opening-drive field goal, the ensuing kickoff was high and short. Rob Gronkowski called for a fair catch around the 20-yard line before letting the ball fall behind him. Sammy Morris tried to cover it up, but the Browns rushed in and grabbed the loose ball. A great catch from TE Evan Moore put the Browns just a few yards away, and Peyton Hillis pounded the ball in for the 10-0 lead.

There’s 55 minutes to go, but that’s the worst 5 minutes the Patriots have had in a long time.

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Patriots and Browns Anounce Inactives

The Patriots and Browns have announced their inactives for today’s game.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OL Mark LeVoir
OL Rich Ohrnberger
OL Ryan Wendell
WR Taylor Price
RB Fred Taylor
NT Kyle Love
S Patrick Chung
S Jarrad Page

CLEVELAND BROWNS

QB Jake Delhomme
QB Seneca Wallace
OL John St. Clair
OL Steve Vallos
WR Demetrius Williams
RB Thomas Clayton
TE Alex Smith
DE Jayme Mitchell

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Patriots Activate Logan Mankins, Release Terrence Wheatley, Tyrone McKenzie

The Patriots have activated guard Logan Mankins for Sunday’s game against the Browns, releasing cornerback Terrence Wheatley from the 53-man roster and Tyrone McKenzie from the practice squad in response.

Mankins reported to the team earlier this week after holding out for the first seven games of the season over a contract dispute with the Patriots. His addition should help to bolster what has been an at times porous offensive line.

Wheatley and McKenzie share similar stories. Second and third round draft picks respectively, each ran into injury troubles that prevented them from performing up to their potential. Wheatley played in only five regular-season games in 2009 before sitting out all of 2010, while McKenzie never saw action with the team during the season.

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Patriots At Colts: Deion Branch, Patrick Chung Both Listed As Questionable On Friday's Injury Report

The injury report following Friday's practices have been released in advance of Sunday's Week 9 game between the Patriots and Browns, and as expected, both Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme are listed as doubtful. Meanwhile, on the Patriots side, both Deion Branch and Patrick Chung are questionable after limited participation in practice. 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 
Out
Jarrad Page, S (Calf) 
Fred Taylor, RB (Toe)

Questionable
Deion Branch, WR (Hamstring)
Patrick Chung, S (Knee)
Matt Slater, WR (Ankle)

Probable
Tom Brady, QB (Right Shoulder)
Tully Banta-Cain, LB (Not injury related)
Brandon Spikes, LB (Knee)

CLEVELAND BROWNS 
Doubtful
Jake Delhomme, QB (Ankle)
John St. Clair, OL (Ankle)

Questionable
Kenyon Coleman, DL (Knee)
Shaun Rogers, DL (Ankle)
Matt Roth, LB (Hamstring)
Seneca Wallace, QB (Ankle)

Probable
Alex Smith, TE (Ankle)

It should be noted that the Browns beat writer from the Plain Dealer, Mary Kay Cabot, is reporting that the Patriots' injury report is incorrect -- Wallace was not limited in practice, but rather he didn't practice at all. 

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Patriots At Browns: Colt McCoy Officially Named Cleveland's Starting Quarterback

As was expected, the Cleveland Browns will start rookie quarterback Coly McCoy Sunday at home against Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. The decision was officially announced Friday afternoon by head coach Eric Mangini. 

"I think with each experience, it helps you, because you recognize some things better and you get more comfortable adjusting," Mangini said.

Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, Cleveland's other two QBs, both missed Thursday's practice as they continue to recover from high ankle sprains, both suffered in the game against the Falcons on Oct. 10. Neither have practice since then. Wallace could be active for Sunday's game, as the No. 2 or No. 3 option, while Delhomme will likely be inactive against the Patriots. Brett Ratliff is the Browns' other option for back-up. 

Sunday will be McCoy's third NFL start, and his first at home. In his first two games, at Pittsburgh and at New Orleans, McCoy was 32-of-49 with 355 yards and touchdowns. 

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