Nov 4, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) walks off the field after throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Looking Ahead to the Cleveland Browns vs. Dallas Cowboys

This week I’m going to skip the recap of the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles game  because that has already been completed by the “SportDFW Staff.” This week, Cowboy fans (actually) look forward to the Cleveland Browns, who kick off a three game home stretch. Notably, the Cowboys only have two more road games to play: one in Cincinnati and one in Washington to end the regular season. Bluntly put, the Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden has been awful in every regard: he ranks dead last in average QBR (behind such stalwarts as Mark Sanchez and Blain Gabbert.) While our Fansided sibling the Dawg Pound Daily said Brandon Weeden was “obviously” a candidate for midseason MVP for the Cleveland Browns, they also put up their kicker Phil Dawson, so obviously pickings are slim. The Browns simply don’t compete very well at anything. They rank in the bottom ten in rushing yards, passing yards allowed and rushing yards allowed, and they are 19th in average passing yards. Despite everything I just said, they will be a tougher match up than the numbers suggest, evidenced by the fact that the Cleveland Browns have lost all but one of their match-ups by ten points or less. However, they haven’t won a game away from home this year, so this week’s match-up should help the Dallas Cowboys get to 5-5.

News and Notes:

November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (28) runs with the ball past Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp (55) during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

  • The Browns’ Defensive Tackle Phil Taylor will play. After injuring himself doing chest pressesin the locker room, Taylor returned against the Ravens. While he didn’t put up monster numbers (he only recorded 1 tackle),that really isn’t his job. As Jabaal Sheard, a rookie Outside Linebacker, explained, Taylor’s job is to force double teams so Sheard and other players can get one-on-one match-ups on the outside. As a Right Defensive End, Sheard will battle Tyron Smith which is a much better match-up for the Cowboys than him going against Doug Free.
  • Not really important but still pretty funny: Phil Dawson, the kicker, averages more points per game than the quarterback. Kickers leading the team in points isn’t unusual, but counting passing touchdowns,it is. In other words, since Brandon Weeden has thrown for 9 touchdowns in nine games, he averages six points per game, which is 1.4 points per game lower than Phil Dawson’s. To put this in perspective: In Green Bay, the difference between kicker Mason Crosby’s points per game total and QB Aaron Rodgers’ is -11.03 points per game.


The Dallas Cowboys rush for over 130 yards. That’s about the amount of yards the Cleveland Browns give up every game (2.2 more actually), and the Cowboys are nothing if not a frustratingly average team with flashes of brilliance. While the Cowboys’ closest comparable, the Bengals, only rushed for 80 yards the first game and 76 the next, DeMarco Murray might be back and should help better those numbers considerably. If he doesn’t come back, however, I don’t think the Cowboys will top 95 yards rushing.

November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

If you start Eli Manning every week in your fantasy league, Tony Romo is the guy you want to sub in. If my quarterback is out, I should put in my backup! Great advice! While stating the painfully obvious should give you an opportunity to consider me an idiot, what I’m saying is that if you’re in the lucky ten percent that has Tony Romo as a free agent, you should think very strongly about picking him up over whoever else is on your bench. Eli Manning, Jake Locker, Christian Ponder and Russel Wilson all have bye weeks, but you probably only have the first one on your team, so if you don’t have Eli Manning on your team, congratulations, you just wasted 20 seconds of your time. For the very small niche to whom this topic still applies, you could do a lot worst than Tony Romo. Basically, all of the players you would want to start played easy opponents and all of the viable bench players (save for Tony Romo and Andy Dalton) don’t.  Other possible bench option: if you’re lucky enough to have RGIII as well, take your pick-they both should do pretty well.

The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Cleveland Browns 24-17. Like the Cowboys, the Browns play up to better opponents. Since the Browns are awful in nearly every regard, that means they play better than expected versus everyone, and luckily for their fans they don’t have to experience the flip side-crushing disappointment or nail biting- like we do. Of course, the fans also rarely get to celebrate a victory, but honestly I don’t know which is worse, knowing your team is going to lose, your team losing, but being pleasantly surprised they hung on as well as they did or seeing pure talent on the field with new ways to squander it. Having lived both sides of it over the last two years, I’ll say the second one, but at least my team can still make the playoffs. Anyway, poor defense and an inept offense doom the Browns to a tantalizingly close score but they lose, we bite our nails against an “easy” opponent and the cycle repeats itself throughout the season,


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  • Guest

    You’re writing this article based purely on aggregate statistics. If you performed sufficient research, you would see the aggregate stats do not paint an accurate picture of this Browns team, rather, three games of the nine played tanked them overall. They have been a middle of the road team, much like Dallas, for 2/3 of the season but are plagued by the mistakes associated to being one of the youngest teams in the league. Solely for the sake of teaching you a valuable lesson in analytical research, I hope Cleveland fans get to see one of their team’s few wins against your Cowboys.

    • Greyson Taylor

      “Despite everything I just said, they will be a tougher match up than the numbers suggest, evidenced by the fact that the Cleveland Browns have lost all but one of their match-ups by ten points or less.” I guess I didn’t make the fact that I think the Browns are a better team than their record indicates clear enough. And I didn’t mean that nearly as passive aggressively as it reads.

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  • Ben

    Lol I find it hilarious that this writer claims we’re bad in every regard. I guess he hasn’t noticed Trent Richardsons 100 yard games against teams like the Chargers (Who’s Run DEF was ranked 3rd going into that game) and against the Ravens (Ranked 30th going in, but hey they’re still the Ravens by rep..). Also, did you notice that nobody has touched Brandon Weeden? Oh I’m sorry, he moved two feet forward, gave himself up and because it was behind the line it COUNTS as a sack. Excuse me. Lol this sports writer needs a brain. Oh, and he noticed that Phil Taylor is back, did he notice Ahytuba Rubin will be back too? So I guess that means Dallas’ backup FELIX JONES is going to run for 130 against the Browns? Lol. This is what I love. Biased sports writing, and ludacris predictions. I might aswell have my friend who’s a big Dallas fan write your sports section.

  • Ben

    I wonder how many interceptions Tony Romo can throw against the Browns. Vick threw 4 in the first game. Tony has thrown 5 at his worst.. In Dallas. LOL. This guy… THIS GUY…..

  • Gina Genochio

    One thing you forgot to mention was the Browns head coach Pat Shurmur who is almost guaranteed to be gone after this season. Think Porky Ryan would be interested, and do you think that might ‘motivate’ him to be even tougher on Cleveland?

  • Boom

    Way to over confident. They cowboys are under performing with a week schedule, while Cleveland is under performing with a very tough schedule and the youngest roster in the league. Furthermore, this is the first game where all of the browns starters will be playing. Richardson will have 100+ yards and two scores and romo is going to take a beating. As others hav stated, you should probably watch a few more games. You do realize Cleveland beat a bengals teams that just tore up the the only good team in the NFC east right?

    Just another cocky Dallas fan that thinks their miserable team is a super bowl contender. I can wait until the browns hit um in their mouth.

    • Greyson Taylor

      I put the Cowboys up by only seven points. And they do have a tough schedule and they do have a young team. If Brandon Weeden shows more development, they could be a decent team in a year and a good one in two. But did you read the intro? “Despite everything I just said, they will be a tougher match up than the numbers suggest” Even though the Cowboys are awful at home, compared to Cleveland, a pass-happy team like they are (because they have no other options) will be at an advantage compared to a team where running is a strength. That’s why I put the Cowboys up by seven in an average scoring game. If the game is in Cleveland, honestly I just flip a coin.

      The Writer


    LOL I didn’t know Cleveland fans actually trash talk. yalls team SUCKS. Yall the joke of the NFL. year in and year out losing records SAD.

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  • Ben

    LOL YOU NOTICED THAT TOO? Phil STOP THE RUN Taylor at DE? This guy was high as fuh when he wrote this article. I guess Frostee is going to be playing safety.

  • Greyson Taylor

    I know he’s a defensive tackle. I was thinking about Sheard when I was writing about Taylor and didn’t proof read well. That’s on me. It’ll be fixed for anyone who reads this. By the way, I did say, word for word, “Despite everything I just said, they will be a tougher match up than the numbers suggest, evidenced by the fact that the Cleveland Browns have lost all but one of their match-ups by ten points or less.” So yeah, actually I did say they will give the “Cows” a fight. As I said in another comment section, if this is in Cleveland, I flip a coin and decide by a field goal. And the starters will make a difference, but how rusty they will be has yet to be determined. If they come back without rust I say they make a huge impact, but I’m not sure they will. Honestly, when I made the prediction I wasn’t overly confident, and if the Browns win by the score I predicted I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Greyson Taylor

    I think I explained that.