Cleveland Browns Bye Week: The Trick Now Is, There Can Be No More Tricks

October 29, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

As the Cleveland Browns end their bye week and begin preparing in earnest for their game with the New England Patriots on Nov. 7, the stark reality of life in the NFL has set in.

To wit, their glorious, imagination-filled win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints is ancient history.

It’s just as well too because the Browns went to their bag of surprises so often in The Big Easy that they used up their reserve of “trickeration,” as ESPN’s Reece Davis insists on calling it, ad nauseam.

Don’t get me wrong, they had to do it and they pulled it off brilliantly. From Josh Cribbs’s cross-field lateral on a return, to Reggie Hodges fake punt, to Peyton Hillis’ halfback option pass to Colt McCoy, the Browns repeatedly caught the Saints napping and it was the story of the game.

It also means that the cat’s now out of the bag, right along with the tricks. Think teams won’t be on guard for a Crib...

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