Cleveland Browns: 5 takeaways on offense from the loss in Baltimore
By Andrew Seibt
Quarterbacks accounted for all five turnovers
Boy was this one frustrating to watch. Just when we started to think positively about DeShone Kizer and the hope that he brings, we get a lame duck performance like this one. To be fair, the Ravens are pretty good at home against rookie quarterbacks.
Kizer left in the second quarter with a migraine, and returned to a defense smelling blood in the water. Despite missing time, he finished 15-31 for 182 yards and 3 interceptions. Not a very good day for the Browns signal-caller.
Paired with yet another uninspiring day from Isaiah Crowell and Hue Jackson, which I’ll get into later, the Browns really never got their footing in this game offensively.
The Ravens came out firing, forcing a fumble on the second Cleveland drive in their own territory, and capitalizing on it with a touchdown giving the Ravens an early 7-0 lead.
A Kizer interception off the hands of Duke Johnson cost the Browns the opportunity to score in Ravens territory. Kizer then exits, and Kevin Hogan leads a touchdown drive with some really nice throws. The Browns have another chance to score as the second quarter ends, but before the Browns can score, Hogan is intercepted. The Ravens end up scoring a touchdown as time expires before the half which served as a terrible way to end an already dismal first half.
Kizer then returns to the game, and is promptly intercepted at the goal line squandering another chance for the Browns to cut into that Baltimore lead. The last turnover came in garbage time, but it capped off just what was a miserable day it was for the Browns offense. There were a few bright spots and I’ll get into those later, but based on the play from this position group, the Browns never really stood a chance.