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  • Panning for positives after a lackluster win
    Panning for positives after a lackluster win
    Sam Penix
    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…
  • Dawg Check Out: Rivalry Rematch Flattens Hopes
    Dawg Check Out: Rivalry Rematch Flattens Hopes
    Sam Penix
    For the second time this season, the Cleveland Browns lost to a third-string quarterback making his first NFL start. And just like the loss in Denver, it couldn't have come at a worse time. Cleveland isn't mathematically eliminated from the postseason just yet, but their margin for error is now less than zero. The team's performance against the Steelers was not only disappointing, but borderline pathetic. The buildup to the game was intense. Just two weeks prior, the Browns dominated Pittsburgh 21-7 on Thursday Night Football, only to have a brawl at the end of the game cause superstar pass rusher Myles Garrett to be suspended indefinitely. There was more than enough talk about the rematch, from Sheldon Richardson saying he hoped Mason Rudolph would play, to Freddie Kitchens' "Pittsburgh Started It" T-shirt. There's nothing inherently wrong with building up a rivalry, as long as you show up for the game. It looked like…
  • Browns inch closer to potential in win over Miami
    Browns inch closer to potential in win over Miami
    Sam Penix
    The Cleveland Browns took care of business, winning their Week 12 match-up against the Miami Dolphins 41-24. Cleveland had been favored at home by 10. 5 points. The first half was all Browns, and while the Dolphins made it a game early in the second half, Cleveland's superior talent allowed them to pull away. Things still aren't perfect, but they're vastly improved ahead of the Browns' (new) most important game of the 2019 season. Cleveland posted 40 points for the second time this season, impressive no matter the opponent. The Dolphins have an awful dearth of talent, but they play hard. Baker Mayfield wasn't able to just roll out of bed and have his best game of the season. He finished 24-for-34 for 327 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. He had a few typical iffy decisions, and one poor throw that resulted in his first pick since the New England game, but…
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