The Browns used a steady diet of Peyton Hillis while taking advantage of a couple of costly Patriot turnovers to run away with a convincing 34-14 win Sunday in Cleveland.
Hillis was an absolute beast for the Browns, rushing for 184 yards on his way to 220 yards of total offense to go along with a pair of rushing touchdowns.
The win not only gives the Browns and rookie quarterback Colt McCoy something to hang their hats on, it also calls into question the Patriots' place among the NFL's elite teams.
Thought by many to be one of, if not the best team in the league entering Sunday, the Pats were dominated in practically every phase of the game by a Browns team that is still a year or two away from contending for a playoff spot.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a frustrating day, despite throwing for 224 yards and two touchdowns. The MVP candidate struggled at times, missing open receivers on more than one occasion.
But turnovers may have been the biggest problem for New England on Sunday. The Pats turned it over three times, twice in the first quarter, including a fumble by rookie tight end Rob Gronkowski who lost the ball on the Cleveland 1-yard line just seconds before the first half ended sending the Patriots into the locker room trailing by 10 instead of by three.
It doesn't get any easier for the Pats who head to Pittsburgh next week.