Browns Blownout Again by New England
There was an awful outing by the offense and defense, and another quarterback got injured. Just another Sunday for the Cleveland Browns, as they now have an 0 – 5 record and look less than excellent. Let’s look more into what came about from this loss.
#1 – Kessler Can Play
Prior to his injury, quarterback Cody Kessler displayed signs that he can be a serviceable signal caller in the NFL. He made smart decisions and tossed a touchdown pass in the first quarter. We’ll see how he plays once he returns to this lineup, but I remain confident in the rookie up to this point.
#2 – Secondary Needs Work
This is an obvious statement, as the Browns could not stop any receiving option for the away squad. It did not matter who was in coverage, the home team allowed Tom Brady to play pitch and catch down the field. They must address this part of the roster in the offseason – until that happens, we will witness the same awful play.
#3 – Can’t Match Opponent’s Blueprint
It was widely known that the Patriots were going to game plan against the Browns by taking away the Browns’ running attack. Did Cleveland figure out a way to counter this? No, and the running offense was very lethargic when the game was still in doubt. A sign of good teams is to find ways to overcome when opponents limit them; it is apparent that the Browns are not there yet.
#4 – Tight End Troubles
The terror of not being able opposing tight ends continued, as Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett made the Browns look silly. Bennett had three touchdowns – and they all seemed to come with ease. Meanwhile, Gronkowski had a reception early in game and the Browns looked like children trying to tackle a grown man. It’s great that this game finally ended for the Browns.
Conclusion: I fully expected a pummeling by the Patriots and that was exactly the case at First Energy Stadium. Outside of a few nice plays made by Terrelle Pryor, there was little to no positives for the orange and brown. Hopefully they can come back next week and try to get a victory on the road. But until that happens, the struggles continue.