Cleveland Browns: Takeaways from the offense’s performance in Week 13

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The Cleveland Browns welcomed Josh Gordon back to the field in Week 13, but the offense still couldn’t do much against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Cleveland Browns continued their streak of despair, losing a close game last Sunday that really didn’t feel all that close. The Los Angeles Chargers came in hot after pummeling the Dallas Cowboys and torching their secondary for over 400 yards and this week was no different for the Browns.

Philip Rivers passed for more yards than the Browns had as an offense, which is a huge concern, and will make up most of the article considering these are offensive takeaways after all. There’s not really much to say after this week’s offensive showing, but there were a few flashes from some skill positions that bode well for what the Browns are trying to build moving forward.

It’s tough to get a read on what Hue Jackson is trying to do offensively, as DeShone Kizer was once again the leading rusher against a team with an average to below average run defense. I’m not sure that dropping DeShone Kizer back 32 times with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa on the other side was a good idea, but it’s easy to say in hindsight.

This was a close game, despite the yardage numbers, but the same problems plagued this young Browns team that continues to find ways to lose versus maybe falling into a win every once and awhile. But alas, here we are at 0-12 stuck here to digest a lackluster performance by the Browns offense.