The 2019 Cleveland Browns mismanaged the end of the first half and ultimately cost themselves the game.
Sound familiar? The exact same thing happened in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks. Turns out head coach Freddie Kitchens didn't learn his lesson.
With five minutes remaining in the second quarter and a 6-0 lead, the Browns had the ball deep in their own territory. They moved the ball to their own 28, and then on third-and-1, instead of running with Nick Chubb, Kitchens called a trick toss to Kareem Hunt, who also had the option to throw the ball. The result: a near-fumble and an eight-yard loss.
After the atrocious play call, the Browns punted. Starting at their own 37, Baltimore took two plays to score a touchdown and grab a 7-6 lead.
Cleveland got the ball back with 1:18 to go. Instead of trying to run the clock out, the Browns tried to score…
After a lackluster victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns had the chance to beat up on a lesser opponent in the Arizona Cardinals.
Instead, the opposite happened. The Browns were shelled 38-24, with both sides of the ball getting dominated by Arizona.
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Offense inexplicably sputters
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt played well, but the rest of Cleveland's play-makers did not. Odell Beckham Jr. caught eight of his 13 targets for 66 yards, but managed to create just nine yards after the catch and also had a drop. Jarvis Landry hauled in five passes for only 23 yards. Former Cardinal Ricky Seals-Jones turned two of his three catches into touchdowns (totaling three yards), but also had a costly fumble after a 26-yard gain.
Baker Mayfield had another poor showing. Aside from the two goal-line scores to Seals-Jones, he was ineffective. It took him 43 attempts…
Last Sunday, the Cleveland Browns secured their sixth win of the season by defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 27-19.
At 6-7, the team is still mathematically in the playoff hunt, although their odds are not good. A win is a win, but Cleveland's performance was disappointing, even at this stage in the season. Overall, the team did not play nearly as well as they're capable of, but there were some bright spots.
Baker Mayfield was not one of them. He finished 11 of 24 for 192 yards and two interceptions. A third pick was wiped off the board after a review found defensive pass interference. Mayfield was inaccurate all day long, a very disappointing performance against an awful defense after he had strung together seven solid outings against some good ones.
This was despite taking only one sack, as the offensive line had perhaps its best pass blocking day of the season. Had…
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