The Browns regarded nice final week in opposition to the Cincinnati Bengals then confronted the 5-4-0 Patriots this week in a sport that each golf equipment wanted. In the tip, Cleveland regarded like a B-team as New England did no matter they wished and got here away with a 45-7 ass-whooping of the Browns.
So who performed properly for the Browns? In truth, did anybody? Who didn’t?
P Jamie Gillan – Known for a lot of the 12 months as a decrease third punter, at present he shined. Four kicks for 189 complete yards with a 47.3 common. Gillan had two kicks land contained in the 20 together with one 59-yarder that lastly stopped rolling on the two-yard line with 11:51 left within the second quarter.
Offense opening drive – The Browns took the kickoff and methodically moved the rock down the sphere like a playoff workforce. Cleveland started at their very own 16-yard line primarily behind the operating of D’Ernest Johnson who popped off a key 24-yard run offered by RG Wyatt Teller and C J.C. Tretter and later a 19-yard scamper behind Teller. A couple of brief passes blended in to tight ends Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant and out of the blue the Browns had arrange store on the 2 with a first-and-goal. Three performs later and with out a rating, head coach Kevin Stefanski went for it on fourth down. Baker Mayfield discovered Hooper for the landing. 14 performs, 4:55 of clock and an immediate 7-0 lead regarded fairly convincing that this offense was persevering with from final sport’s success.
LB Anthony Walker – There was a whole lot of yardage gained up the center in opposition to the Browns protection, however Walker was a busy man making quite a few tackles. Finished with eight complete tackles.
RB D’Ernest Johnson – Down 38-7 early within the fourth quarter, it was Johnson nonetheless grinding these legs in an try to achieve a yard or two extra. Finished the sport with simply 19 carries for 99-yards, however 58-yards of that was within the first drive alone. Why wasn’t he used the rest of the sport? Johnson added 58-yards receiving and had a stable sport.
Third down – The Browns had been a horrible 1-8 on third downs with the one transformed on a penalty. Meanwhile, the Patriots wolfed up yardage on third down taking 6 of seven within the first half alone and 7-9 for the competition. Four conversions had been for 9 yards wanted or larger together with a third-and-13.
RT Blake Hance – The fill-in for Jack Conklin simply couldn’t deal with Matt Judon and within the second half Hance had no legs left. Yes he struggled all sport, however why didn’t the offense line up a decent finish to assist out or a minimum of chip? Judon dominated the fourth quarter whereas Hance trailed him.
Run protection – This sport must be one of many worst run protection efforts all 12 months. RB Rhamondre Stevenson was a person on a mission to seek out open holes and did continuously. He completed with 100-yards with two touchdowns. Most of the yardage gained was up the intestine with an occasional scoot to the skin. DC Joe Woods didn’t have a solution to what has been an excellent run protection all 12 months.
Coaching – Not certain which was worse, deciding learn how to cease the run, learn how to comprise the Patriots’ tight ends from catching passes, or the play calling. With as a lot success the offense had in that opening drive, but D’Ernest was sparsely used the rest of the sport. The tight ends had been a supply of good points early, after which by no means noticed any balls till late within the fourth quarter. How can a decent finish simply exit two-yards into the tip zone and no person picks him up? Why weren’t linebackers located within the operating lanes extra? Or on the very least deliver down a security and sit him in a spot.
99-yard drive – Yes, this Browns’ protection allowed the Patriots to march down from the virtually one-yard line to attain after an superior punt by Gillan pinned them down deep. Ridiculous. The Pats transformed on a third-and-one, Third-5, and third-and-9. Two possessions earlier New England scored on a 93-yard drive.
CB Greg Newsome – The rookie nonetheless hasn’t discovered to show his head to see the place the ball is. There had been a number of performs that if he did, he may have intercepted the ball or a minimum of batted the ball down. Instead, he reeled in two move inference calls one on a vital third-and-five play within the second quarter. With 6:19 left within the third quarter Newsome once more by no means circled to find the ball to which it fell into the ready arms of Patriots’ receiver Jacobi Meyers who gained 26-yards on a third-and-nine play. Two performs later New England went up 21-7.
Wide receiver play – Where had been the receivers within the sport plan? 12 targets all sport amongst 4 gamers with 5 catches for 42 yards. Really?
Tight finish protection – All sport New England tight finish Hunter Henry couldn’t be stopped and caught all 4 of this targets. Neither JOK, Mack Wilson or John Johnson appeared to have the ability to get close to him on any route. His three-yard landing within the first quarter was a toe dragger and glorious throw whereas his three-yard rating within the third stanza was uncontested.
Milk Bones – like discovering a $20 invoice within the urinal
TE David Njoku – Had a certain landing and by no means tucked it away which grew to become an incompletion. Then dropped a certain move within the third quarter. Was constant in run blocking for the sport however had just one catch for 11-yards. Yawn.
Going for it on fourth down – While the primary try ended up a landing for the Browns solely factors of the sport, the second was a fourth-and-19 on the 50-yard line. What did Stefanski assume was going to occur? The Browns wouldn’t make after which the Patriots would take their nice discipline place and take it down and rating yet one more landing? Because that’s what occurred. I get it, you might be down 31-7 and the third quarter is winding down. Well, now you might be down 38-7 since you wouldn’t punt on a ridiculous down-and-distance. Cleveland transformed a fourth-and-seven however missed on the objective line making 2 of 4 for the day.