McCoy finds success monitoring Colts' ends

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Quarterback Colt McCoy bounced back from an uneven game in the opener to play well against the Colts. McCoy completed 22-of-32 for 211 yards with a TD and no interceptions.

His 97.3 rating reflected his day.

The key: McCoy paid close attention to Colts ends Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. He let them come up the field, and when they did, he slid outside the pocket underneath their up-the-field rush.

On other plays, McCoy got rid of the ball so quickly the pair were non-factors.

As shaky as McCoy sometimes looked against the Bengals, he looked that confident and comfortable against the Colts.

--KR Josh Cribbs had another huge game, with 173 total yards. Cribbs was instrumental in all the Browns touchdowns. His 52-yard kickoff return again got the offense going, and led to the first touchdown.

He had a key 25-yard reception on the Browns' second touchdown drive -- most of the yardage coming thanks to Cribbs' elusiveness after he caught a bubble screen.

Finally, his 43-yard punt return set up the Browns' final TD.

Cribbs has been involved directly in four of the Browns' five touchdowns -- and all five if a nine-yard punt return is included.

"I love being the spark on the team whenever I can,"?Cribbs said. "Certain guys have certain roles on this team. That's my role."?

--RB Peyton Hillis returned to the offense and scored two touchdowns in a very productive day. Hillis had 27 of the Browns' 34 rushes, and broke a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that sealed the win.

Hillis averaged just 3.5 yards, but the Browns were persistent with him -- as they should be.

His only blemish was a lost fumble in the third quarter -- a problem he had in 2010 as well.

"You can never lose faith," Hillis said. "You've got to be persistent in everything you do and hope one breaks open."?

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