Sluggish Seahawks silenced by Browns; 6-3

Phil Dawson converted two field goals over 50 yards and had two others blocked, but gave the Browns a boring 6-3 win Sunday over the sloppy Seahawks, who came in missing starting quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and lost running back Marshawn Lynch to a back injury during pregame warmups.

The Browns (3-3) didn’t reach the end zone, but Dawson bailed them out with kicks of 52 and 53 yards, his first career game with two makes over 50. Despite weeks of drama and injuries for first-year coach Pat Shurmur, Cleveland has a .500 record after six games for just the fourth time since its 1999 expansion rebirth.

The Seahawks (2-4) managed 137 yards of offense, and had the ball for only 17:04. Quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, filling in for Jackson, completed 12 of 30 passes for 97 yards.

Seattle’s biggest play was called back by a penalty as Leon Washington’s 81-yard punt return for a TD in the third quarter was nullified by a blocking-in-the-back infraction — one of several mistakes the young team made that angered coach Pete Carroll.

Bryant ejected: Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant was ejected for head-butting Browns tight end Alex Smith.


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