Especially after safety Jim Leonhard's second pick of the day gave Cleveland possession at Indy's 23-yard line with 10 minutes to go. A Browns touchdown would have carved out a nine-point lead and made life very tough for the Colts, but quarterback Brian Hoyer misfired on two straight passes as the Browns settled for a field goal and a 24-19 advantage they'd soon lose.
Leonhard begged reporters, per The Plain Dealer, not to "split this team into offense and defense, it's not about that."
Still, there's no way around it during a week that could and should see rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel elevated into the starting role. Hoyer has been a strong leader all season, but his play on Sunday -- a collage of wildly off-kilter throws -- cost Cleveland dearly.
With three games to go and clinging to their postseason dreams, the Browns are long past due for a spark in the form of Manziel.