Browns Tighten Up and Top Rams 27-20 in St.Louis

Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, left, celebrates after throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to teammate, Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards, right, during the third quarter

The Cleveland Browns continue to make strides in becoming one of the surprise teams in 2007, and Sunday they did something they have not done since 2004 – won two straight games.  After spotting the winless St.Louis Rams an early double-digit lead, the Browns offense and defense came to life as they topped the Rams for their first road win of the season, 27-20 in Missouri.

The Browns offense continues to be one the surprises of the league, as Derek Anderson looked solid again, throwing for 248 yards and three scores.  Wide out Braylon Edwards was on the receiving end of two of those scores, and for the day the former Michigan wide out caught 8 passes for 117 yards.  “If I tie my career high, whoop-dee-doo, the big thing is we got the win,” Edwards said. “We’ve got our heads above water for the first time in a long time.”

With the win, the Browns match their entire win total for the 2006 season at four.  They now actually can peek ahead at the schedule, and with games at home vs the Hawks, Texans, 49’ers and Bills, there is a shot this team may be thinking the unthinkable after getting shelled 34-7 opening day by the Steelers – playoffs.

For the Rams, it was just another frustrating day in which they fell to 0-8.  Marc Bulger had to miss part of the game with a thumb injury, and running back Steven Jackson, who scored the teams first rushing TD of the season, had to leave the game with a back injury.  St.Louis led 14-3 about halfway through the second quarter, but then watched as that lead went bye-bye to have to rally just to tie the game at 17 at the half.

Bulger was 24-for-36 for 310 yards with a score.  Jackson, in his first game in over a month, rushed for 41 yards on 8 carries, and looked good until the injury.  Overall the Rams outgained the Browns 393-368, but missed on a 4th-and- one in Browns territory in the final minutes, then a Bulger pick ended their final threat with time running out.

Cleveland at 4-3 now looks ahead to the Seahawks next week at home.  St.Louis gets to think a lot about this one, as they have their bye next Sunday before a game on November 11th at New Orleans.

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