Final recap -- Chiefs 16, Browns 14 (click here for the box score)
The Browns can't stop beating themselves, and it's tough to watch. Just like in Week 1, Cleveland led 14-10 at halftime after basically giving its opponent points, only to fall in the end. This time, the Browns virtually spotted the Chiefs 10 points when quarterback Seneca Wallace threw an interception that was returned 33 yards for a touchdown by Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers. Jerome Harrison's lost fumble set up Ryan Succop's 35-yard field goal that gave the Chiefs a 3-0 lead. Then in the second half, the Browns experienced deja vu again by failing to score after halftime. Different quarterback, same story. With Jake Delhomme sidelined because of an ankle injury, Wallace became the 15th starting quarterback for the Browns since their expansion era began in 1999. He completed 16-of-31 attempts for 229 yards and one touchdown with an interception. Sure, Delhomme had two interceptions against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, but the results were ultimately the same with Wallace controlling the offense. Meanwhile, Harrison had 16 carries for 33 yards (2.1 average) and no touchdowns. Remember when he ran for a franchise-record 286 yards with three touchdowns against the Chiefs last season. What happened? Chalk it up to Romeo Crennel's revenge. The former Browns coach had his new defense ready to play, and Harrison was never a factor. Speaking of no impact, the Browns' starting wide receivers -- Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie -- had one catch apiece. Of course, Wallace connected with Josh Cribbs for a 65-yard touchdown pass and Peyton Hillis (eight carries for 35 yards) ran for a 1-yard score, but it really was a dismal day the Browns' offense, which gained only 51 yards after halftime after compiling 244 in the first two quarters . If you're looking for some good news, the Browns didn't have to scrap their plan to let rookie quarterback Colt McCoy watch and learn from the sidelines. After all, an injury from Wallace would have forced them to play McCoy. On another positive note, the Browns' defense did not allow a touchdown. Linebacker Marcus Benard had a sack, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin had six tackles and a diving interception off a tipped pass by linebacker Matt Roth and cornerback Sheldon Brown made a leaping pick of his own. Also, rookie safety T.J. Ward led the Browns in tackles for the second week in a row, this time with nine. Ward and rookie cornerback Joe Haden played extremely well as members of the Browns' punt and kickoff coverage units. But the Chiefs did what they needed to do on special teams, too: For the most part, they took Cribbs out of the game as a returner. He had only one kickoff return for 19 yards and one punt return for 5 yards. Last season against the Chiefs (2-0), Cribbs had kickoff returns of 100 and 103 yards for touchdowns. Not this time. The Chiefs' coaching staff won the chess match, and their players executed at a higher level. The Browns are 0-2 as a result.
End 1Q: Chiefs 3, Browns 0 -- 1. Ryan Succop made a 35-yard field goal to put Kansas City ahead 3-0 with 8:43 left in the first quarter. The Chiefs started their four-play, 6-yard drive at Cleveland's 22-yard line after linebacker Mike Vrabel forced Browns running back Jerome Harrison to fumble. Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey recovered the fumble. The Browns challenged the fumble, but the call on the field stood after a review.
End 2Q: Browns 14, Chiefs 10 -- 1. Browns running back Peyton Hillis capped a 10-play, 98-yard drive by spinning his way off the right side and toward the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run. Phil Dawson's extra-point kick was good, giving the Browns a 7-3 lead with 12:31 left in the second quarter. The Browns appeared to be stopped on third down inside the Chiefs 10-yard line, but a penalty an illegal contact penalty on linebacker Mike Vrabel gave the Browns a first down and set up Hillis' touchdown. 2. Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers intercepted a pass thrown by Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown. The PAT was good and the Chiefs took a 10-7 lead with 10:02 left in the second quarter. 3. Wallace rebounded from his interception by connecting with wide receiver Josh Cribbs for a 65-yard touchdown. Dawson made the PAT to give the Browns a 14-10 lead with 8:43 left in the second quarter. Dawson later missed a 42-yard field goal wide left that could have extended Cleveland's lead to seven points at halftime.
End 3Q: Browns 14, Chiefs 13 -- 1. The Chiefs trimmed the Browns' lead to one point with an 11-play, 63-yard drive that was capped by Succop's 26-yard field goal with 8:45 left in the third quarter.
End 4Q: Chiefs 16, Browns 14 -- 1. The Chiefs took a 16-14 lead when Succop hit a 23-yard field goal with 7:41 left in the fourth quarter.
Top storylines: 1. With Jake Delhomme inactive because of a right ankle injury, Seneca Wallace will become the 15th starting quarterback for the Browns since 1999. Also noteworthy: should Wallace become sidelined for any reason, rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will likely play. His is listed as the Browns' backup quarterback. 2. Browns running back Jerome Harrison ran for a franchise-record 286 yards with three touchdowns to help Cleveland defeat the Chiefs 41-34 last season. Browns Pro Bowl kick returner Josh Cribbs also had a career day, returning two kickoffs. 3. Former Browns coach Romeo Crennel returns to Cleveland, this time as the Chiefs defensive coordinator. 4. The coaches for both teams know each other well. Chiefs coach Todd Haley and Mangini worked together as members of the New York Jets' staff from 1997-99. Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli was a scouting assistant (1992) and a pro personnel assistant (1993-95) for the Browns. And Chiefs assistant head coach Maurice Carthon was the Browns' offensive coordinator (2005-06). 5. Watch those rookie safeties for both sides -- the Browns' T.J. Ward and the Chiefs' Eric Berry. They should have bright futures in the NFL.
Inactive players: Browns -- QB Jake Delhomme, WR Carlton Mitchell, DB Derrick Roberson, LB D'Qwell Jackson, OL Steve Vallos, OL Shawn Lauvao, DL Derreck Robinson and TE Alex Smith. Chiefs -- DE Tyson Jackson, CB Jackie Bates, FB Mike Cox, S Jon McGraw, LB Charlie Anderson, LB Justin Cole, OL Ryan O'Callaghan and TE Jake O'Connell.
Lineup changes: Browns -- Seneca Wallace will replace Jake Delhomme as the starting QB. Chiefs -- Barry Richardson will start at offensive right tackle for Ryan O'Callaghan; Shaun Smith will start at left defensive end Tyson Jackson; Kendrick Lewis will start at free safety for Jon McGraw.