Browns Lose Again
Unfortunately, the Cleveland Browns were defeated once again in the season opener (who has head of that one before – everyone in the last 13 years). However, there were some positives in this contest played against their rivals wearing black and yellow.
Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer was far from perfect, but showed a performance that I have not seen from a Browns’ quarterback in quite some time. Kizer moved the chains and made some plays against one of the best teams in the NFL. I am eager to see him play going forward and want to see how he improves.
Unfortunately, the best plays that I saw Isaiah Crowell make during the game was walling off defenders in the passing game. That is a great quality to have, but I would like to have him make plays running the football. I have a feeling that will come in the next few contests.
Kesean Williams burned Joe Haden but ran an improper route, leading to an incompletion. I have all the faith in the world that Kizer will elevate the play for his targets, which will lead to further developments. I want to see a guy or two step up (especially with Kenny Britts’ huge drop – which could limit his time going forward) and be a reliable weapon in this offense.
The announcers made a big deal about the safeties playing very deep each and every play – the end result was not allowing a long passing play for the other team. The Browns did collect an interception, and that should be a regular occurrence going forward. I expected Jabril Peppers and company to switch up their coverage next week – and therefore to be more active in the contest.
Conclusion: I will never be happy with a Browns loss, but I was encouraged after this matchup. They competed well against an outstanding opponent and want to see how they perform on the road next week. I envision a bunch of wins in the coming weeks, but the team has to put it together.