Browns can’t shake opener jinx

What is it about season openers for the Browns? Since they returned to the NFL in 1999, only once have they won on opening day. The Browns were snakebitten once again as some key penalties and an inept offense played a factor in their 19-14 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

The Browns were, well, pitiful in the first half and played as bad of a half as you possibly could. Charlie Frye, who finished 16-of-27 for 1 TD and 2 INT, struggled in the first half, throwing a pick and botching a hand off to Jerome Harrison. The game was frustrating all around as the offensive line failed to open up any holes for Reuben Droughns and allowed five sacks on Frye. The plays they did make in the first half were called back because of penalties.

Trailing 9-0, the offense was finally able to kick it in gear with their first series of the second half. Frye hooked up with Kellen Winslow, Jr. for an 18-yard touchdown pass. The Saints later responded with a Drew Brees touchdown pass to make it 16-7. The Browns rallied again with a Frye touchdown run but they wouldn’t get any closer. A last ditch effort was erased as a Braylon Edwards’ dropped pass on the final drive resulted in an interception.

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