Die-Hard Cleveland Browns Fan Analysis: Week 1 ’18-’19

I’ve been a Browns fan my entire life, so let’s see how this season goes…

Summary:

The Browns came into the game on a 17 game losing streak after posting a 1-15 record and an 0-16 record the last two seasons. The Steelers on the other hand are one of the few teams already predicted to bring home the Lombardi. So when this game was 0-0 by the end of the 1st it came as a surprise. The Browns were having success on defense and the Steelers were playing sloppy. The teams combined for 23 penalties for 193 yards, now add in the fact that Pittsburgh had 6 turnovers and you see why they blew the 14 point lead halfway through the 4th quarter. Despite the bumbling Steelers, the game ended in a tie after a dismal overtime period. The Browns losing streak was still broken, as all the headlines read “Cleveland Browns Don’t Lose”…

 

The Good:

Veterans:

Tyrod Taylor played like a veteran and a captain and the leader these young Browns needed him to be

He led the team in passing and rushing contributing to 2 of the 3 touchdowns, here is the other one from Tyrod.

Speaking of veterans the Browns need, Josh “Flash” Gordon is with the team for real now. So now the Browns have a pair of elite receivers in Gordon and

Jarvis Landry, the other big addition we made during the offseason. The Browns leading receiver with 7 catches for 106 yards and 1 properly handled altercation.

Rushing:

The previously mentioned Tyrod Taylor, Ohio State alumni Carlos Hyde, rookie Nick Chubb, and Browns veteran Duke Johnson combined for a solid running game. They combined for 177 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown over the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team known for having a powerful defense.

Denzel Ward and Myles Garrett:

The Browns rookie and the defensive team captain forced 4 turnovers between the 2 of them. They also made their presence known, being major forces in rushing Big Ben/covering Big Ben’s favorite targets. For Denzel’s first game, a pair of picks is definitely a good sign of what’s to come. Myles got in trouble for some penalties but made up for it in giving the Steelers hell.

We didn’t lose.

 

The Bad:

Offensive Line:

With a solid quarterback and a pair of amazing receivers, the Browns passing game should’ve been a better passing game. Tyrod Taylor got sacked 7 times and there were 6 rushing attempts that ended in negative yardage. Replacing someone like Joe Thomas is impossible, he was the best offensive lineman in the league for a decade and the only consistent face for Cleveland during that time. However, Desmond Harrison racking up penalties isn’t exactly what I had in mind.

The Browns didn’t win.

 

The Opponent:

This week:

The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most formidable forces in the AFC as well as a fellow AFC North team that has bullied the Browns for years. It’s worth noting that Le’Veon Bell should just retire now. His presence was not all that missed as James Conner made the Browns hurt with almost every touch. Big Ben played poorly with several sloppy turnovers with no-one to blame but himself. The receiving core in Pittsburgh might be the best in the NFL with the arguably best player at the position in Antonio Brown as well as 2 young and high caliber players in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Ryan Switzer. TJ Watt was a force to be reckoned with but thats not a surprise to anyone. In the end, a tie with this team is a much better result than what it could’ve been.

Next week:

The New Orleans Saints lost this weekend but aren’t a team to take lightly. They still managed to post 40 points with 475 total yards of total offense. Drew Brees will be the same consistently legendary player he has been for many years. They converted poorly on 3rd down and had little to no rushing game. Their defense also allowed 48 points with 417 passing yards and 112 rushing yards. Hopefully the Browns defense can execute some level of containment on Drew Brees’ receivers and expose these same flaws that the Buccaneers were able to, but we’ll see next Sunday at 1 PM.

Maybe then the Victory Fridges will open.

 

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