Ben Watson didn’t have to tell the Cleveland Browns any of New England’s secrets for Sunday’s game.
When Watson signed with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent after the 2009 season, he joined a list of former Patriots that are already with the Browns.
“The funny thing is there are so many of us from there, we didn’t have to share (secrets),” Watson said. “We all of kind of knew.”
Watson had just one catch for 24 yards, but he left Cleveland Browns Stadium with a smile and a victory as the Browns upset the Patriots, 34-14.
“It’s a great organization with a lot of pride, and for us to come out here and play the way we did and beat them the way we did was very satisfying,” Watson said.
Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy targeted Watson four times Sunday including once in the end zone in the second quarter, but only caught one pass.
“They did do some double coverage,” said Watson who on the season is leading the Browns in receptions (31), receiving yards (360) and receiving touchdowns (2).
“They did try to limit my touches and everything, but honestly I’m happy we got the win, man. It would have been great to get some touches, but I’m glad we got the win.”
Watson, who in six seasons with the Patriots had 167 catches for 2,102 yards and 20 touchdowns, said the game came down to execution. He wasn’t sure how much the win could be attributed to Cleveland having a bye week before facing New England.
“I don’t know,” Watson said. “We only practiced two days that week, but obviously the coaches have time to formulate their game plan. So it probably helps them a lot more when they get the information to us, but again, you’ve got execute on Sundays. And we came out there, executed the game plan and got a win.”
Even after the Browns built a big lead in the second half, Watson wasn’t sure the game was over because he’s been part of many New England comeback wins.
“I’ve been over there,” Watson said. “I’ve been in that huddle. I know that’s the calmest group and that’s the calmest quarterback (Tom Brady) you’re ever going to see. They’re built to come back, you know. It’s something they believe in so on our side, we had to believe in the fact that we’ve got to keep putting up points. We’ve got to keep putting the pressure on them. We’ve got to keep the defense off the field and that’s what we did.”