Even though the Browns lost their third-straight game and dropped to 3-5, one problem wasn't the quarterback.
Jason Campbell made his first start for the Browns and his start was similar to past performances by Browns quarterbacks. Campbell was the 20th different starting quarterback for the Browns since the team returned to the NFL in 1999. Campbell finished 22-of-36 for 293 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked just once by the NFL's league leading team in sacks.
The Browns gave up an opening drive field goal to the Chiefs and went three-and-out on the their first possession. After Willis McGahee was dropped for a two-yard loss, Campbell threw his first pass to MarQueis Gray for a five yard gain. On third down, Campbell overthrew Josh Gordon down the sideline.
After punting back to the Chiefs, the Chiefs marched down field and kicked another field goal to give them a 6-0 lead. The Browns, again went three-and-out after Davone Bess dropped a pass and two short completions didn't pick up a first down.
The Browns went three-and-out on their third possession and Campbell finished the first quarter just 3-of-5 for 13 yards.
However, Campbell and the offense got it going just before the half. After a Chiefs missed field goal, the Browns started at their 42 and Campbell threw to Jordan Cameron for 19 yards to the Chiefs' 39 and then a flea-flicker from Campbell to Gordon made it 13-7 with 2:44 to play in the first half. McGahee took the handoff from Campbell and he pitched it back to him before he launched the deep pass to a wide open Gordon for the score. The Browns had 18 yards on their first three possessions and no first downs. On the fourth drive, they went 58 yards in two plays and picked up their first two first downs.
Campbell finished the first half 9-of-14 for 131 yards and a touchdown and no interceptions. He was not sacked.
The Browns got the ball to start the second half and marched 80 yards in nine plays to cut the lead to 20-17. Campbell hit Bess to start the half for 15 yards and then hit Gordon on back-to-back passes for 14- and -23 yards to the Chiefs' 28. After picking up a first down on fourth-and-1, Campbell found Fozzy Whittaker for a 17-yard touchdown pass and his second touchdown of the game.
In the fourth quarter, Campbell tried to rally the Browns but big penalties and dropped passes hurt the Browns' chances. Trailing by three, with 11:48 to play in the game, Campbell hit Cameron for 37 yards to the Chiefs' 36. However, Joe Thomas was called for holding on the next play to move the ball back to the 46 after Willis McGahee rushed for nine yards to the 27. Campbell was sacked on the following play and the Browns were out of field goal range.
With 3:55 to play, the Browns got the ball back and after Thomas had a false start, he hit Cameron for a first down on third-and-9 for an 11-yard gain. Campbell scrambled 13 yards for a first down, but another holding penalty on Thomas took the Browns back to the 18 and the Browns ended up turning the ball over on downs failing on a fourth down attempt.
Sack Attack: The Browns were going up against the vaunted Chiefs sack attack and came out with the better numbers. The Browns had sacks to the Chiefs one. The Chiefs came into the game averaging five sacks a game with 35. The Browns had sacks from LB Paul Kruger, LB Berkevious Mingo, LB Craig Robertson, DL Phil Taylor, LB D'Qwell Jackson and DB T.J. Ward. LB Chris Houston had the Chiefs sack. Kruger had been quiet in terms of sacks until the last two weeks. He combined for a sack against the Packers with DB Chris Owens to give him 1.5 through seven games. He sacked QB Alex Smith in the first quarter to give him 2.5. Mingo picked up his fourth sack.
Robertson and Ward led the Browns with 10 tackles.
Big Play Josh: WR Josh Gordon had his third 100-yard NFL game with five receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown. Gordon had two big plays in the first. His first reception was a 39-yard touchdown and then he caught a short crossing pass and raced 47 yards before the half. He beat DB Shawn Smith on the play. Despite being the subject of trade rumors, Gordon continues to be the Browns only legitimate play maker. On the Browns opening drive of the second half, he a 14-yard catch and a 23 yard reception.
Bad Day for Bess: WR Davone Bess had a day to forget. He dropped three passes, including a fourth down pass that would've kept the Browns hopes alive. He also fumbled the punt subbing for Travis Benjamin in the fourth quarter when the Browns would've had the ball near midfield trailing by a field goal. The Chiefs took the ball near mid field and were able to add a field goal. Bess dropped the first ball thrown to him. Bess leads the Browns with eight drops and the Browns lead the NFL with 23 dropped passes.
Not Much Room: The Browns had no running game in the first half. On just three carries, the Browns had three rushes for (-1) yard. McGahee had two carries for (-2) yards and RB Chris Ogbonnaya had one carry for one yard. McGahee
caught two passes in the first half for zero yards. In the third quarter, Ogbonnaya and McGahee had back-to-back runs of 11 and 14 run. The Browns finished with 57 yards rushing. McGahee had 28 yards on nine carries.
Charles In Charge: The Browns held RB Jamaal Charles to 74 yards on 18 rushes and five receptions for 46 yards. He didn't score a touchdown and was slowed by a knee injury.
Third Down Mixed: The Browns defense allowed the Chiefs to convert 9-of-12 attempts on third down in the first half. Meanwhile, the Browns were just one-of-5. The defense was 0-of-2 to start the third quarter forcing the Chiefs to punt. The second half the Browns forced punts on the first four possessions for the Chiefs of the second half. In the second half, the defense held the Chiefs to just 1-of-7 in the second half and 10-of-19, overall.
Where's Greg?: WR Greg Little had just one reception for eight yards.
Time Limit: The Chiefs had the ball 22:46 to the Browns 7:14 in the first half and yet the Browns trailed just 20-10.
Cameron's Day: TE Jordan Cameron had four receptions for 81 yards, including a long of 37 yards.
Good Challenge: Andy Reid challenged a spot and was successful to give the Chiefs a first down in the second quarter. The Chiefs converted 8-of-10 third down conversions to start the game. 8-of-11
Benjamin Returns/Down: KR Travis Benjamin was the kick returner on the first two kickoffs. He returned the ball to the 19 on the first and his second return was for 36 yards. Earlier in the week, Rob Chudzinski indicated that RB Fozzy Whittaker would handle the kick returns.
Whittaker returned the third kickoff 42 yards but an illegal block on DB Leon McFadden negated it. In the third quarter, Benjamin fielded a punt and was hit low and he was down on the ground for a few moments with a leg injury. He didn't return with an undisclosed leg injury.
Good Tip: LB Jabaal Sheard batted down a pass from QB Alex Smith on the Chiefs' second possession.
Bad Moves: On the second play of the game, DB Joe Haden hit WR Donnie Avery out of bounds and received a personal foul penalty that moved the Chiefs down the field and set up a 42-yard field goal to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead o the first drive. Pro Bowl OL Joe Thomas had two key holding penalties and a false start. Thomas' first holding came after a 37-yard catch by catch by Cameron put the ball at the Chiefs' 36 and put them close to field goal range trailing by three in the fourth quarter. He then had a holding in the Browns last possession on a play that Campbell ran for a first down.
Groves, Winn Inactive: LB Quentin Groves (ankle) and DL Billy Winn (quad) missed the game. Groves re-injured his ankle against the Packers after returning from a high ankle sprain. Winn has been out since the third game of the season. Other in actives were OL Garrett Gilkey, OL Martin Wallace, OL Patrick Lewis and TE Keavon Milton.