The Browns won an ugly game today. As victories go, it was about as repulsive as you can get — but it was a win nevertheless.
After three games, the Browns are 2-1, and will be, at worst, tied for first in their division. They won today because their defense played a good game against a pretty mediocre team and their offense — which was wretched for most of the game — cobbled together a good last-second drive for a touchdown. The drive gave the Browns a 17-16 lead, and the defense forced a Miami turnover to seal the win.
We shouldn’t kid ourselves about this Browns team. The offense clearly is searching for itself, and the defense hasn’t faced any offensive juggernauts. Still, Colt McCoy’s performance on the two-minute drill was encouraging and may help to kick start this offense into a good rhythm. And a more productive offense would be a help for the defense, too. The Browns appear to have some defensive playmakers, and letting them take a gamble now and then might make them into a more effective unit.
I’ll take the win, of course — but with the Browns it’s never easy.