Cleveland Browns: Week 14 takeaways from the defense

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At no point in the Cleveland Browns’ loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday did it seem like their was a lack of talent. The Browns played well offensively and defensively, but couldn’t close as the clock continued to tick.

It was a disappointing result for the Cleveland Browns after displaying great effort for most of last Sunday’s game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns squandered a 21-7 lead in the fourth quarter to the Green Bay Packers without star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. As usual, they shot themselves in the foot with poor coaching and turnovers, though this time only late in the game.

Sunday was their first time entering the second half with a lead and despite a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, they found a way to lose in overtime.

The defense, again, played well. Yet, it wasn’t quite enough to convincingly earn a win. Packers backup quarterback Brett Hundley stepped up in the fourth quarter making plays when they needed him most. On the contrary, DeShone Kizer was the opposite, being a disaster when the Browns counted on him to close out Sunday’s game.

Gregg Williams knew Hundley could be effective with his feet but the Browns couldn’t slow him down. An epic collapse down the stretch by the defense proved costly as Cleveland let an easy win slip away from their grip.