They call it the dress rehearsal.
If that’s the case, the Browns might need another casting call—at least based on the first half.
The Browns played the Eagles in the rain without at least six players who were projected to be starters as the Browns dropped to 1-2 in the preseason with a 24-14 loss.
The Browns committed three turnovers, which resulted in 17 of the Eagle points.
The Browns scored both of their touchdowns late in the game as Seneca Wallace and Jarrett Brown each threw a touchdown pass.
The Browns only scoring opportunity for Colt McCoy resulted in a Phil Dawson field goal being blocked from 33 yards out.
McCoy and the offense moved from their own 25 to the 40 on their first possession. McCoy hit Greg Little on the first play on a quick out for three yards. Peyton Hillis ran up the middle for eight yards and a first down before the offense stalled.
Phil Taylor made an impact on the first series for the Eagles as Taylor bull rushed up the middle and sacked Michael Vick and stripped the ball which was picked up by Jayme Mitchell at the Eagles’ 18.
However, the Browns couldn’t convert as the offense stalled at the 15 and Dawson’s field goal attempt was blocked as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie raced in and got his hands on the ball.
The Eagles scored first after taking over on the Browns’ 13 after Jordan Norwood was tripped by Sheldon Brown and the ball went off Norwood’s leg and the Eagles recovered on the 13. Ronnie Brown went in from the 13 around left end on the second play and the Eagles took a 7-0 lead with 4:53 left in the first quarter.
The Eagles took advantage of another turnover as Alex Henery kicked a 37-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 11:57 to play in the second quarter. The score was set up on an interception thrown by McCoy to Assante Samuel, who returned the ball to the Browns’ 41. It was McCoy’s first interception of the preseason.
The Eagles extended their lead to 17-0 with 4:52 to play in the second quarter as Vick ran in from 8-yards out. The Eagles moved 62 yards in 10 plays taking 5:28 off the clock.
A key play in the drive was when it appeared that Mike Adams had intercepted a pass, but a penalty on D’Qwell Jackson took the interception away. Jackson flew up the middle and hit Vick as he released the ball in which Adams intercepted the pass. However, the referee called a helmet-to-helmet infraction on Jackson to give the Eagles the ball back. Replays didn’t show the infraction.
The Eagles pushed their lead to 24-0 with 4:06 to play in the third quarter as Vince Young ran in untouched from 10-yards out. The score was set up after James Dockery muffed a punt at the Browns’ 17.
The Browns scored with 14:16 to play in as Alex Smith caught a 17-yard pass in the end zone after it deflected off Demetrius Williams on a third-and-12 pass from Seneca Wallace. The Browns moved 81 yards in 11 plays, taking 4:50 off the clock.
On the drive, Pat Shurmur elected to go for the first down on fourth-and-one at the Br owns’ 39. Tyler Clutts picked up the first down. A 25-yard pass from Wallace to rookie tight end Jordan Cameron moved the ball to the the Eagles’ 33. A couple of runs by Quinn Porter for 18- and 5-yards set up Wallace’s touchdown pass.
Late in the game, Jarrett Brown hit rookie Kris Matthews from four yards out with 1:57 to play to make the final 24-14. The score was set up when Auston English sacked Young and Travis Ivey recovered at the Browns’ 29.
Brown engineered a drive that spanned 71 yards in 9 plays and took 5:47. Brown was 4-of-4 for 35 yards on the drive and had a run for 16 yards on the drive. He hit L.J. Castile for 12 yards and Rod Windsor for 14 yards to set up the score.
Phil Shows Up: No. 1 draft pick DL Phil Taylor sacked QB Michael Vick on the first possession and pressured him on three other occasions. Taylor was credited with the Browns only sack of the half for a loss of 14 yards, as well as a forced fumble. DL Auston English sacked QB Vince Young in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble for the Browns other sack. DL Travis Ivey recovered.
“I thought I did pretty well,” Taylor said. “We put pressure on (Vick) and made some progress.”
Colt’s Game: After coming into the game with a 132 QB rating in the first two games, QB Colt McCoy was 9-of-18 for 89 yards in the first half and a rating of just 41.2. McCoy was intercepted for the first time of the preseason and he was sacked three times. The Browns put up just 103 yards in the first half. Both QB Seneca Wallace (120.1) and QB Jarrett Brown (142.7) had their best games. Wallace was 3-of-6 for 53 yards, while Brown was 4-of-4 for 35 yards. Each had a touchdown pass.
Top Runner: Rookie RB Quinn Porter led the Browns in rushing with four carries for 32 yards, including a run of 18 yards.
Cameron Play: Rookie TE Jordan Cameron made a nice leaping 25-yard catch from QB Seneca Wallace in the third quarter.
Tough Break: LB D’Qwell Jackson flew up the middle and hit QB Michael Vick as he released the ball in which S Mike Adams intercepted the pass. However, the referee called a helmet-to-helmet infraction on Jackson, but replays didn’t show it.
Hardesty Debut: RB Montario Hardesty carried the ball for no gain on his first appearance in the preseason with 4:53 to play in the first quarter. On his next carry, Hardesty picked up five yards. He picked up a first down on a 3-yard run. He finished with five carries for 15 yards.
Peyton’s Play: RB Peyton Hillis started after missing a couple days of practice last week and rushed three times for 18 yards. He also caught two passes for 35 yards.
Little Play: WR Greg Little caught three passes in the first half for 23 yards, including a three-yard play on the game’s first play.
Robo Show: WR Brian Robiskie, who had just one catch in the preseason, caught two passes on the team’s third drive against two of the better cornerbacks in the NFL in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha. Robiskie caught a 46-yard pass that went inside the five, but he was flagged for pushing off Asomugha. Robiskie finished with three catches for 23 yards.
Injury Update: LB Titus Brown and OL Shawn Lauvao were injured in the first half, but there was no more information.
Stoppers: CB Joe Haden and DB D’Angelo Smith led the Browns with four tackles.
Rookies Chance: As many as five of this year’s draft choices are slated to start against the Eagles. First and second-round draft choices DL Phil Taylor and DL Jabaal Sheard have started the first two games and are expected to start against Philadelphia. The team’s second, second-round pick, WR Greg Little is expected to start at wide receiver and OL Jason Pinkston is expected to start at left guard for Steinbach. Pinkston was taken in the fifth-round. FB Owen Marecic, who was taken in the fourth-round has been the starter at fullback since the first game. The only three draft picks that won’t start are TE Jordan Cameron, DB Buster Skrine and DB Eric Hagg, who is injured. Skrine is expected to be the starting nickel cornerback.
Inactive: The Browns have 12 not active for the game: WR Josh Cribbs (hamstring), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (foot), WR Carlton Mitchell (finger), DB Dmitri Patterson (undisclosed), DB Eric Hagg (leg), DB Usama Young (hamstring), RB Brandon Jackson (toe), LB Chris Gocong (stinger), OL Eric Steinbach (back), DL Jabari Fletcher (knee), DB T.J. Ward (hamstring) and LB Steve Octavien (back). LB Kaluka Maiava started in place of Gocong. DB Mike Adams and DB Ray Ventrone started at the safety spots.