INDIANAPOLIS – So much for a winning streak.
The Browns fell to 1-6 this afternoon with a 17-13 loss to the Colts (3-3) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Browns beat Cincinnati 34-24 last week.
The Colts scored on their first two possessions of the game and their first drive of the third quarter, then went dry. But the Browns couldn’t make one more play to rally for the win and extend the positive vibes.
The biggest missed opportunity came from rookie receiver Josh Gordon.
He dropped a touchdown on third-and-1 from the Indianapolis 41-yard line with 6:38 left in the game. Quarterback Brandon Weeden delivered a perfect pass to the post before taking a hit, but Gordon let him down.
The play clock ran down to one second and Weeden called timeout. After rethinking his decision during the break, coach Pat Shurmur chose to punt.
The Cleveland defense forced a three-and-out, but the offense couldn’t take advantage. After two first downs to open the drive, the Browns sputtered. A fourth-and-6 pass toward slot receiver Josh Cooper was broken up.
Owner Jimmy Haslam lost his first game since being approved Tuesday by NFL owners.