Forget It

Expect a few more highs this season and a few more lows. It is just where this team is at in its development. There are flashes of talent, but in some key areas that talent is lacking.

For a brief minute, 15 game minutes to be exact, it appeared as if the Cleveland Browns truly did turn the corner. This was not the same old Browns, a team in which their fans were conditioned to expect the worst when the games meant the most.

Then, the second quarter happened.

Entering this game, the Browns said all the right things about turning around the culture. They said all the right things about being in the hunt in the AFC North. They knew what a win would mean to the team.

They were making a statement with a 13-0 first-quarter lead.

Then, the second quarter happened.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton started as bad as a Browns fan would've hoped. The Bengals offense was doing nothing against a fired up Browns defense.

Then, the second quarter happened.

You can't blame this loss entirely on Browns quarterback Jason Campbell. Yes, a few miscues by him in that first quarter meant the Browns kicked field goals instead of scored touchdowns and it came back to haunt the Browns because…

Then, the second quarter happened.

It's a quarter in which will go down in infamy. There is no need to go over what happened. You saw it. Plenty of blame to spread around. In the end, it put to rest any hopes of a playoff berth, an AFC North title or meaningful football to be played in the final six games of the season.

This has been a season of extreme highs and extreme lows. It didn't get much lower than the second quarter.

Expect a few more highs this season and a few more lows. It is just where this team is at in its development. There are flashes of talent, but in some key areas that talent is lacking.

Six games remain for the Browns who can still put together a respectable record.

Two wins in the two games against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers would be a nice start.

We've seen this team rebound from crazy scenarios already this season from a trade to a season-ending injury to its starting quarterback.

We've hardly seen anything like that second quarter.

It happened. We all will just have to try to forget.

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