After coming off the embarrassment of Week 1 against the Titans and after the dominating performance against the Jets in Week 2, the Cleveland Browns had the opportunity to get themselves to 2-1 on the NFL season and with the Steelers and Bengals being a nonfactor in the AFC North right now, Cleveland is at the top of the division.
With their first Monday Night Football game in years under their belt, they returned to Sunday Night Football for the first time in a long time, this time facing off Jared Goff and the LA Rams.
Let’s break down their game against the Rams and previewing the Week 4 AFC North clash with the division-leading Baltimore Ravens.
Quarter 1: 3-3 Tie
The first quarter was quite uneventful. Browns got the ball to start the game…and they did nothing with the possession. They punted the ball then the next two possessions afterwards, the Rams and Browns both punted the ball on 4th Down. After Jared Goff and Todd Gurley got the Rams down the field, they couldn’t get the touchdown, so they were left to settle for a field goal. 3-0 Rams. Then on the next drive, the Browns followed suit and made their own field goal. 3-3 Tie.
Quarter 2: 6-3 Browns
The second quarter was just like the first, defenses showing that they can’t be stopped. Both teams punted on their first drives then the Rams missed a 48-yard field goal. The Browns then punted again. Conversions have been a problem for Cleveland so far this season. On the next Rams possession, Goff got sacked by potential Defensive Player Of The Year Myles Garrett and fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Cleveland’s Joe Schobert. Unfortunately off that fumble, Cleveland couldn’t make good on the opportunity and settled for a field goal. 6-3 Browns.
Quarter 3: 17-13 Rams
Los Angeles got the ball after the kickoff. Jared Goff got the Rams down the field passing the ball and using WR Cooper Kupp to score a touchdown on a 11-yard pass. 10-6 Rams. Cleveland finally was able to get the ball into the endzone on a 2 yard pass from Baker Mayfield to WR Demetrius Harris. 13-10 Browns. Rams got the ball next and Goff threw an interception to Cleveland’s TJ Carrie. The Browns couldn’t convert and punted the ball. The following possession, Goff connected with Kupp again for a 5 yard touchdown. 17-13 Rams.
Quarter 4: 20-13 Rams
The downfall of the Cleveland offense continued as they turned over the ball on the first possession of the 4th Quarter. Rams scored a field goal afterwards. 20-13 Rams. Cleveland punted again. Jared Goff then threw his 2nd INT of the game, this time intercepted by Juston Burris. The fall of Baker continued as Baker Mayfield threw his 5th interception in 3 games and the Browns lose a close one. 20-13 Rams.
Baker Mayfield needs to get with his team and practice on this offense.
Way too many possessions are not being capitalized on and the interceptions need to stop and fast.
The Cleveland defense is the only bright spot right now. Forced a fumble, took away 2 INTs and 2 sacks in this game.
Nick Chubb had 96 yards rushing but they need to incorporate him much more and it’s on him to convert on his runs. If not, he’ll lose his starting job when Kareem Hunt comes back.
So far, this team is in trouble.
The next opponent for Cleveland will be the first AFC North battle against the Baltimore Ravens. After the Ravens have been a juggernaut in the first two weeks and lost in a war to Kansas City in Week 3, it’s safe to put money that Cleveland goes 1-3 after Sunday. Lamar Jackson has been as good as advertised and he could be a potential problem for the Cleveland defense.
Cleveland 10 – Baltimore 30
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