Browns Physically Dominated on Sunday
Once again, the Cleveland Browns were beaten up at the line of scrimmage, as LeSean McCoy, Mike Gillislee, and Tyrod Taylor ran up and down the field against the orange and brown. I understand the Bill have the best rushing offense in the league, but they showed why in this contest. What else can be taken away from this outing?
Not a Protective Unit
Robert Griffin was taken down five times in the pocket, it has become obvious that the line is failing to keep the signal caller clean. It continues to be obvious that this part of the Browns’ team must be upgraded this offseason. I know that there have been multiple injuries to key guys (i.e. Joel Bitonio and John Greco) but the guys filling in have nowhere replicated the performance of an adequate unit.
Defending the Tight End?
The defense (early in the season) had a problem defending the opposing tight end in coverage. Unfortunately, that reared its ugly head once again in this matchup as Charles Clay hauled in seven receptions and was the leading receiver (while also securing a touchdown). It’s rather frustrating and disappointing trying to watch this unit, but the other two aspects of the team are not much better.
Let’s Talk about the Run Again
I know I touched on it earlier, but that performance by the Browns’ defense against the run was embarrassing and unacceptable. The Bills amassed 280 yards on the ground and were picking up five to seven yards easily on each carry. Changes must also be made in the offseason to rectify this porous part of the franchise.
Conclusion: And then there were two – this refers to the number of games remaining in the season to finally earn a victory. If the Browns play the way they did today then they will be defeated soundly. At least the Browns will not lose next Sunday, as they play on a Saturday.