Cleveland Browns: Week 12 takeaways from the offense

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Kizer has best game of the year

DeShone Kizer had a pretty good day on Sunday. He completed 58 percent of his passes for 268 yards and ran for a touchdown. Cody Kessler came in for a play and I think we’ve seen the last of him under center for the Browns this season (hopefully).

Kizer looked more comfortable in the pocket, and was able to go through his progressions and actually work his way back to receivers which is nice to see. He also started putting some air under the ball which was evident on his gorgeous back-foot fade to Corey Coleman for 44 yards.

Kizer’s day would have looked even better too had Coleman caught the beautifully thrown ball to him in the end zone. That play would have brought Kizer’s day to 300 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad.

Those are the kinds of plays that good teams execute, and bad teams like the Browns continue to fail. There are only a few plays in a game that make the difference in wins and losses. Dropped touchdowns like that cost your team games, and Sunday certainly proved that.

The Browns didn’t commit a turnover, which is very good. The problem though, is that when the stats look like that, the Browns should be close to, or even winning these games. Moving the ball in between the twenties doesn’t seem to be the issue. It’s what happening in the red zone that is holding this offense back.