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Which team is real?

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 17, 2007

The Browns' first two games couldn't have been more disparate, which makes one wonder which is the real team? The one that managed 221 yards against Pittsburgh, still one of the toughest defenses in the league? Or the one that piled up 554 yards against Cincinnati, which has one of the NFL's most porous secondaries? My guess is that it's somewhere in the middle. But it was encouraging that the Browns playmakers finally made an impact. Braylon Edwards was diving for balls, Kellen Winslow was his usual consistent self, Joe Jurevicius was in the mix after inexplicably being lost, even in the preseason. Was it just the change in quarterbacks that made the offense click? Maybe so. But it was also the fact that Anderson quit trying to win the game by himself and started taking what the defense gave him. Plagued by interceptions even at Oregon State, Anderson may finally be figuring out that he doesn't need to force the ball into coverage when he has this many playmakers.

But the most encouraging thing about Sunday was the performance of the offensive line. Cleveland sank millions of dollars into Joe Thomas and Eric Steinbach and it looks like it was money well spent. They've spent only two games together after Steinbach's preseason injury, which bodes well for the future. Browns fans have finally gotten their wish -- an investment in the offensive line -- and it looks like they were right all along in what the organization's priorities should have been.


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