Turkey, stuffing, and the Cleveland Browns
As we get ready to enjoy a Thanksgiving holiday, we look back at the Cleveland Browns first 10 games. Here are some takeaways from the start of the season.
There’s been a lot of action in the first 10 weeks of the season for the Cleveland Browns. Sometimes it’s hard to digest it all as the weeks are flying by.
So we slow things down during the bye and try to enjoy what our Browns have accomplished, while we also get ready to enjoy our turkey stuffing and all the fixings. Let’s look back over the first 10 weeks and see what stands out.
My First takeaway is, of course, the emergence of Baker Mayfield the No. 1 overall pick in this past NFL draft. He has shown flashes of brilliance since taking over for Tyrod Taylor in a Thursday night game against the Jets.
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Baker is coming off of his best game of the season against the Falcons before going on a bye, Baker scorched the Falcons defense completing 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns. He had a staggering 97.1 QBR and a rating of 151.3. The promotion of Freddie Kitchens to offensive coordinator might have been the best thing for Baker in his early career you can tell he’s much more comfortable back there.
My second takeaway from the season is the play of Nick Chubb. The rookie running back burst onto the scene September 30 at Oakland where he ran three times for 105 yards and two scores. Since trading Carlos Hyde to the Jaguars and opening space in the Browns backfield, Chubb has looked spectacular in his last three games he rushed for 65 yards against Pittsburgh, 85 yards and one score against Kansas City, and a staggering 176 yards and one score last week against the Falcons.
The Browns could have two potential rookie of the year candidates in Chubb and Mayfield.
The third takeaway from the season has been the impressive play of the defense as a whole. The Browns defense keeps them in every game this season — mostly by winning the turnover battle. So far, Cleveland has a plus 12 turnover ratio on the season.
The Browns are holding opponents to 26.3 points per game which is certainly in range of getting the win with the type of firepower the Browns offense is capable of. The front seven has been strong all season outlining the play of Myles Garrett who leads the team with nine sacks. The outstanding first round pick from Ohio State Denzel Ward leads the team with three interceptions on the year.
My final takeaway is the promotion of Gregg Williams from defensive coordinator to head coach. Williams might have been the culture shock this team needed to turn the season around he holds everyone accountable and will undoubtedly be in the mix to be named the next head coach of the Browns next season.
So enjoy the bye week and enjoy the holiday. Also, enjoy the fact that things are finally looking up for your Cleveland Browns.