Although this Browns defense may rank among the worst in the NFL, Sunday’s performance against the Giants was one of the better ones of the season, at least for most of the game.
The Giants only managed 296 total yards, and were forced to punt the ball nine times. The Giants punted on each of their first four possessions, but the offense of the Browns couldn’t capitalize.
And while 27 points is an ugly number, seven of those points came on Pierre-Paul’s return touchdown, while another seven came on a short drive following an Isaiah Crowell fumble.
The only mistakes came on the two drives ending with Beckham Jr. touchdown catches, but the offense has to put up some points to counter a Giants offense that is going to put up a few touchdowns a game.
Fans know this is too much to ask of this team, but it is clear the Browns offense has taken back the reigns as the part of the team that has gone from bad to worse during the second half of the season.
This defense is nowhere near the level it needs to be at for the team to compete, but there are several pieces in place that should give fans hope moving forward. The biggest problem may be the coordinator of this defense, but that is a problem upper management must solve in the offseason.