Browns: 5 defensive takeaways from Week 2 loss

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The Cleveland Browns defense struggled to find a rhythm in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Baltimore Ravens forced a remarkable five turnovers in their Week 2 victory against the Cleveland Browns. The offense couldn’t find a way to stay on the field and, in turn, the Browns defensive unit was continuously put in difficult scenarios.

Overall, the Browns flashed their potential with quick tackling and held the Ravens to only three points in the second half. The problem is they gave up 21 points in the first half, forcing the Browns to air the ball out playing from behind.

Eliminating the running game was an issue for Cleveland in 2016 and head coach Hue Jackson kicked himself for it. However, being down by two scores by halftime led to passing the ball and the Ravens defense took full advantage of rookie DeShone Kizer.

Cleveland’s defense was forced onto the field too often and it allowed Joe Flacco 34 pass attempts – doubling his total from Week 1. The Ravens exploited the Browns’ lack of an elite pass rusher and they are missing No. 1 pick Myles Garrett now more than ever.

Despite the glaring weaknesses, the defense still looked okay overall. The defensive backs continued to play well together and only giving up three second-half points is a positive.

As well as the defense has played at times, as long as the offense continues to turn the ball over and play inconsistently, the defense can’t reach their potential.

Here are five things surrounding the defense that stood out on Sunday.