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…
That's the only word to describe Cleveland's Monday night performance against the San Francisco 49ers. Every single player save special-teamers Austin Seibert, Jamie Gillan, and Tavierre Thomas embarrassed themselves. It was a top-to-bottom dud for the Browns, with really no positives to glean. There was not a 28-point talent difference in the 49ers favor, and that's incredibly concerning.
With two weeks to prepare for Cleveland, the Niners took advantage and schemed a brilliant game plan on both sides of the ball. SF's first play from scrimmage was Matt Breida's 83-yard touchdown run. It began a long night of running the ball down the Browns throat to the tune of 275 ground yards. The front seven was consistently gashed, regardless of who the running back was.
Cleveland's front seven, the supposed strength of the team, was completely dominated by an offensive line that was without its strongest link. They generated a total of…
On Saturday, if you were told that the Baltimore Ravens would hold Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to just 20 yards on two catches, you'd probably think that the Ravens would handily.
But the opposite happened.
The final box score doesn't look too bad, but the game was over as soon as Nick Chubb scored on an 88-yard run with 9:35 left in the fourth quarter. Cleveland's 40-point outburst is just a small but hopeful taste of what this offense can do this season.
Baker Mayfield had a nice bounce-back game after a rough start to the season, completing 20 of 30 passes for 342 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, which didn't appear to be his fault.
Mayfield also took just one sack. While he still looked a bit uncomfortable in the pocket and drift back on a few throws, there was a noticeable improvement over the first three games…
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