Analysis of some big plays that stood out in the Cleveland Browns’ 31-20 loss Sunday to the Washington Redskins.
The Cleveland Browns sit with an ugly 0-4 record through the first quarter of the 2016 NFL season. Despite not winning a single game, there have been positive signs on both sides of the ball to be excited about for the rest of the season.
Again on Sunday, the Browns held a lead late in the second half, but three consecutive turnovers cost them a shot at winning. Bright spots in the loss included the steady play of rookie quarterback Cody Kessler. For a second straight week, Kessler has moved the ball and has been a great game manager. Until a late-game interception, he protected the ball and made smart decisions.
Another positive was the Browns pass defense. Facing a solid quarterback in Kirk Cousins, the defense buckled down after two passing touchdowns on the first two drives and held Cousins to only 183 passing yards. The most surprising positive for the team is the emergence of running back Isaiah Crowell.
Questions surrounded the team about Crowell being the featured running back and he has answered by having a great start. Crowell ranks near the top of the league in rushing yards, yards per carry and rushing touchdowns. Crowell has solidified the running game early this year and has opened up opportunities in the passing for Cody Kessler.
Let’s take a deeper look at a few of the plays from last Sunday’s game that stood out as positives for the Browns moving forward.