But instead of what we expected to see, the Browns flipped the script, taking advantage of New England's inefficiency and mistakes on their way to a 34-14 win.
Of course, Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis may have had something to do with that. Here are a few quick thoughts on the game.
• Hillis was incredible, shredding a Patriots defense that played tough and hard the previous week against Minnesota and Adrian Peterson. New England didn't have any answers to Hillis' tough running inside, and he also broke some runs outside the tackles. He totaled 220 yards from scrimmage for the game.
• As good as Hillis was, the play of Colt McCoy was a huge plus for the Browns. The rookie didn't throw any touchdowns, but he avoided turnovers and threw well throughout the day. He was 14 of 19 for 174 yards.
• Tom Brady was inaccurate, missing on a number of throws he doesn't normally miss. With virtually no running game to speak of, he was stuck trying to get the offense up and down the field as best he could.
• It's clear Wes Welker isn't right. In all honesty, it could be a combination of his ACL recovery and the fact that Randy Moss isn't around to take the pressure off opposing defenses anymore. He caught just four passes for 36 yards Sunday.
• New England competes hard and typically avoids mistakes, but when its defense can't get to the quarterback and can't stop the run, the already slim margin for error on this team becomes almost non-existent.
• In two weeks, the once-powerful AFC has been made to look just as flawed as the NFC has looked all year. Suddenly, the Patriots and New York Jets don't look like Super Bowl favorites anymore, and the conference race is up in the air.
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