And your Cleveland Browns have won three of their first four games of the season, led by third year quarterback, Tim Couch! Wait that’s not right… Baker Mayfield! What a great start to the season for first year head coach, Butch Davis, no no no not again, Kevin Stefanski! For the first time since the 2001 season, the Cleveland Browns have started the season with a 3-1 record. The 2001 Browns finished the year 7-9 but the game has evolved, will the Browns fortunes be different this season?
The Cleveland Browns marched into Jerry World to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and put up 49 points in a statement win. It was a stressful fourth quarter for Browns fans as it looked like the team was about to blow a 41-14 lead. The Cowboys offense broke loose and outscored the Browns 24-8 in the fourth quarter and almost tied the game if it had not been for a game having interception by Denzel Ward.
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The Browns secondary showed that they are the worst unit on the team as they allowed Dak Prescott to throw for 502 yards, the 24th 500 yard passing game in NFL history. The defense did Joe Woods no favors as they almost completely collapsed in the fourth quarter which would’ve solidified the Browns as the laughing stock of the NFL. Prescott and the Cowboys played an incredible game but was overshadowed by the “return” of Odell Beckham.
Beckham was all over the field for the Browns, he finished with a pair of rushes for 73 yards and an incredible touchdown run as well as 5 catches for 81 yards and two receiving touchdowns. Baker Mayfield took a back seat to the run game which allowed to offense to flourish. Arguably the best pass of the game wasn’t even completed by Mayfield. Browns wideout Jarvis Landry had a beautiful 37 yard touchdown pass to his friend Odell Beckham Jr. on a perfectly designed trick play by Kevin Stefanski. Following an MCL injury to Nick Chubb, who will miss about six weeks, D’Ernest Johnson came in alongside Kareem Hunt and had a huge breakout game with 13 rushes for 95 yards.
Former first overall pick, Myles Garrett continuing his DPOY campaign with yet another game with a strip sack. The NFL’s current sack leader, with 5.0 sacks, has forced three fumbles and recovered two. The key defensive play however was a very Super Bowl XLIX-esque interception by Denzel Ward right in front of the goal line.
The Browns look to improve to 4-1 next weekend at home against the Indianapolis Colts in a game that could show whether this team is fraudulent or not.
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