DENVER: The matchup of Bill Belichick proteges was a yawner until the final quarter as the Denver Broncos claimed a 27-6 victory over the Browns Sunday at Invesco Field at Mile High.
Denver (2-0) is coached by Barberton-born Josh McDaniels, a former quarterback and kicker at Canton McKinley, while Eric Mangini heads Cleveland (0-2).
The Browns lost their ninth consecutive game to the Denver Broncos and saw the Broncos run their domination in the series to 21-5, including three victories in the AFC Championship game.
The Browns lost two fumbles -- one on a bad snap by rookie center Alex Mack that was recovered by Darrell Reid and another when Elvis Dumervil forced the ball out after Joshua Cribbs' 7-yard reception. The Broncos turned the miscues into 10 points -- a 2-yard Kyle Orton pass to tight end Tony Scheffler and a 38-yard field goal by Matt Prater.
But Prater kept the Browns in the game when two field goal attempts sailed wide left from 39 and 38 yards.
One of Broncos' biggest plays again came against cornerback Brandon McDonald, who had the roughest game of his three-year career in a 34-30 loss to Denver last season. McDonald was the defender on Jabar Gaffney's 49-yard reception to the Cleveland 2 early in the fourth quarter. On the next play, Denver running back Peyton Hillis scored to put the Broncos ahead 20-6.
In 2008 against the Broncos, McDonald was victimized on two touchdown passes and dropped two interceptions.
Correll Buckhalter, a 30-year-old ex-Eagle, rubbed the Browns' noses in it with a 45-yard touchdown run with 8:24 remaining. Browns cornerback Eric Wright had a chance to tackle Buckhalter at the 7, but Buckhalter dragged Wright into the end zone.
The Browns went without a touchdown for the seventh time in the last eight games. The only TD, a 26-yard Brady Quinn pass to tight end Robert Royal, came with 28 seconds left in a 34-20 loss to Minnesota last week.
Broncos outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil recorded a career-high four sacks of Brad Quinn. Dumervil, in his fourth season out of Louisville, tied the Broncos single-game sack record, matching Simon Fletcher's four at San Diego on Nov. 4, 1990.