Cleveland proved it could compete – and at times outperform – the top team standing in the way of its first Super Bowl appearance, Kansas City.
BEREA – It didn’t take long on Sunday for the Cleveland browns show that they were not seeking a moral victory by visiting Kansas city chiefs.
In the opening series, the head coach Kevin Stefanski he kept his offense on the field on the fourth down. So the quarterback Baker Mayfield hit a first-down pass, setting up a touchdown – and a 2-point conversion, after the Chiefs– one play later.
Cleveland remained aggressive against the reigning champions of the AFC for much of the day. Then everything collapsed in the final stretch.
The resulting 33-29 defeat underscored what the Browns to achieve this season, but also what they need to fix if they want the opportunity to reach that potential.
“Very frustrating, but it is what happens in this league,” he acknowledged. Mayfield after Cleveland squander a 22-10 lead over the team that won the Super bowl two seasons ago. “This [derrota] It burns, and it must, because we were so close. We must finish the game. We started fast, but we must finish ”.
The start of the season opener last Sunday couldn’t have been much better for Mayfield and the Browns. For only the second time to visit in the last 40 years, Cleveland he scored touchdowns on his first three possessions, driving 75, 75 and 81 yards, respectively.
Mayfield came out on. In the first half, according to data from ESPN Stats & Information, went 5 of 5 through the air for 101 yards against the charge, 5 of 5 for 94 yards with running deception, 4 of 4 for 61 yards and three first downs on third or fourth down, and 3 of 5 for 103 yards on passes where the ball traveled at least 15 yards.
With Mayfield plugged in, and the running game led by Nick chubb and Kareem hunt turned on, the Browns they reached intermission with a 22-10 lead.
But, as the quarterback of Kansas city, Patrick Mahomes, Cleveland began to collapse.
Chubb lost a fumble, setting up a field goal from the Chiefs. The safety John Johnson III lost sight of the wide receiver Tyreek hill, allowing him to walk into the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the subsequent series of Kansas city. Then to cap it all off, the punter Jamie Gillan inexplicably he dropped the ovoid, and even more inexplicably, he ran with it.
Three plays later, the Chiefs they were back in the diagonals to gain their first advantage. The Browns they would not have another chance.
“We did not play our best level when it mattered,” he admitted. Stefanski. “We didn’t run at our best when it mattered.”
Despite the disappointment, Browns must return from Kansas city feeling confident. They proved that they could compete – and at times, surpass – the main team that stands in the way of their first appearance of Super bowl.
Defensive ends Myles garrett and Jadeveon clowney they regularly pressured Mahomes, anticipating how devastating they can be as a duo. The running game of the Browns and the offensive line looked imposing, again. AND Mayfield he was incredibly accurate, beyond the game-ending interception, when he was tripped from behind while trying to get rid of the ball.
Still, to outperform a team like the Chiefs, the margin of error is incredibly tiny. Ball deliveries, failed coverage and special teams errors will be nearly impossible to salvage. The same will likely be true against your rivals in the AFC North, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh steelers, as well as with Buffalo bills.
In a 17-game regular season, the Browns They have plenty of time to clean up what sentenced them on Sunday. They know that if they succeed, they will be able to play with the best.