The Browns took on the Buffalo Bills Sunday, and while not a perfect game, they got their third win of the season. This win was a big one for the confidence of everyone involved. It wasn’t pretty. The goal line issues reared there ugly head again. But in the end, enough plays were made to win the game. Enjoy a victory Monday, Cleveland.
For all the questions surrounding the young franchise quarterback, Baker has played much better since the bye. Baker has completed 65.7% of his passes for 235 yards passing per game with four touchdowns over the last three games. The most significant stat over that time? One interception. None over the previous two games. All of these are fantastic signs for the young gunslinger going forward, but for Browns’ fans, the most significant thing to see yesterday was the end of the game.
Baker was able to take his team down the field over the last five minutes and put a touchdown on the board. This score gave the Browns a late lead. They still needed a missed field goal to seal it, but that drive is what we should expect from Baker. Hopefully, the win and the final drive yesterday can instill some confidence going forward. This team will need it facing the rival Steelers Thursday night.
The Two-headed Running Attack
Nick Chubb continued his monster second season with another 100-yard performance. In doing so, though, he had a new backfield mate and blocker. The new guy in the backfield? Kareem Hunt, of course. Hunt returned from his suspension to help provide some key plays and blocks for the Browns. On several occasions in yesterday’s game, Hunt was able to provide some key blocks to spring big runs for Nick Chubb and help keep the Browns offense on the field.
Not only did Hunt go out and selflessly block for Chubb. He was also able to provide 74 all-purpose yards out of the backfield. Actually, with Hunt and Chubb, the Browns were able to generate 195 all-purpose yards for the game. Now, if only we could have seen Chubb or Hunt hammer in a touchdown yesterday. This backfield, if used correctly, should be the driving force for this offense for the remainder of the year.
While Odell Beckham Jr. got plenty of targets the man who made the most plays yesterday was Jarvis Landry. Landry was able to haul in nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown on the day. Including a couple of great catches, one in the endzone(pictured on the left) and the other an over the shoulder adjustment that can only be done justice via video. This is Landry’s second-best game of the year for the browns and they won both. I am sure Brown’s fans would not mind seeing this happen a few more times.
Even as the Browns celebrate a victory for the first time since week four the drumbeat for Freddie Kitchens’s head lives on. Here is what was good yesterday for the browns offense:
- 147 yards rushing
- No turnovers
- Four penalties
- Two redzone touchdowns
All great things that the Browns did offensively yesterday.
The problem is that Freddie also had an eight-play run from the one-yard line that could not yield a score. He called an inexplicable timeout with three seconds left at the end of the third quarter. Then you had pitch plays to a 227 pound running back from the one multiple times. And finally, what might have been the worst call of the game, an empty set from inside your own five-yard line that resulted in a safety.
The Browns still walk away with more questions about the coaching and some playcalling. Even with that, a win is a win, and if you keep stringing them together, they will call the coach a genius for his outside the box thinking. The biggest question is if they can do that. The next test is a Steelers team that has been playing better and better each week to climb back to 5-4 on the season. Freddie needs to continue to keep the team disciplined and get the balls in his playmaker’s hands. If he can do that, then good things will continue to happen for this football team.
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