The season nearly, if not already, ended for the Cleveland Browns after last week's devastating defeat in Denver.
Another loss, especially to one of the two current AFC wild card teams, would have been too much to overcome.
Their postseason chances are faint, but the Browns managed to stay in the hunt for at least another week.
It may not have been the offensive outbreak fans have hoped for, but the unit performed solidly against a good Buffalo's defense. Cleveland committed just four penalties, two on each side of the ball, and didn't turn the ball over.
Baker Mayfield was mostly accurate and decisive, finishing with two touchdown passes for the first time this season, as well as his shortest time to throw.
Nick Chubb had another great game, rushing for nearly 120 yards, the vast majority when sharing the field with Kareem Hunt. Fresh off an eight-game suspension, Hunt made a huge impact…
The Cleveland Browns were supposed to right the ship against the Denver Broncos. The "easy" second half of Cleveland's schedule was beginning, with pressure aplenty, most notably for head coach Freddie Kitchens. What should have been a launching point turned out to be a disaster, one that may have all but sealed the fate of the rookie head coach.
Perhaps the two largest issues for the Browns over their first seven games were penalties and turnovers. After turning the ball over on three straight plays and committing 13 penalties against the New England Patriots, Kitchens implemented more discipline in practice this past week, and it actually worked. Cleveland finished with zero turnovers and just five penalties, both season lows.
But the Browns still lost. They struggled to move the ball against a stout Denver defense, and gave up big plays at the worst times to a quarterback seeing his first regular season…
The Cleveland Browns responded to their 31-3 beatdown at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers by taking a 20-6 lead over the Seattle Seahawks by the beginning of the second quarter. But after that, Seattle outscored Cleveland 26-8, dropping the Browns to 2-4.
What should have been a blowout in Cleveland's favor turned into a frustrating loss, for multiple reasons.
The Browns scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions. Nick Chubb was running well (as usual), and Baker Mayfield looked decisive and comfortable in the pocket. But things started to unravel on the team's first drive of the second quarter. Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a third-down pass that would have moved the chains, one of his two drops on the afternoon. Jamie Gillan's punt was blocked, and although Cleveland's defense held the Seahawks to a field goal, the damage was done.
On the next drive, Mayfield threw a quick slant…
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