As is most often the case for any secondary when they play the Patriots, the Browns struggled in this area on Sunday afternoon. Brady was completing passes all over the field to various receivers, including little-known Chris Hogan. With a depleted secondary, the Browns never had a chance to match up with the likes of Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Still, this group battled very well. using multiple players, including Joe Haden, Derrick Kindred, Jordan Poyer, Jamar Taylor and Ibraheim Campbell, Cleveland did everything they could against multiple potent threats presented by New England.
In the end, the Patriots scored four touchdowns, and the secondary did little to slow them down. This accounts for their average grade, as they did what they could and gave it their all, but rendered little results. No turnovers, few pass break-ups, and no sacks or tackles for loss.
In future weeks, this secondary needs to keep doing what they did on Sunday. They really held their own, all things considered. They weren’t really responsible for the loss, and could come away with much better results against different opponents. Only time will tell.