The Cleveland Browns were put into the spotlight for their Week 3 contest against the Rams, so who showed up and who didn’t under the bright lights?
The Cleveland Browns were once again under the bright lights of primetime football, but were unable to use the spotlight to show it is a different Cleveland Browns football team. The Browns lost a tight one to the Los Angeles Rams, losing 20-13 and falling to 1-2 to start the 2019 season.
It was a defensive battle for the first half of the game as both teams traded field goals. The Browns defense stepped up early on and created problems for the Rams prolific offense. Cleveland’s offense could not take advantage of the stout Browns defense, however, only managing two field goals.
The second half was a bit of a different story for the Browns, as Sean McVay helped put the Rams offense into a rhythm, reaching the endzone twice. The Browns offense was able to respond to the first touchdown, but could not return fire late in the game.
Cleveland had chances to take control of the game and put the pressure on the Rams, but they could not take advantage of those opportunities. Cleveland was able to trade blows with Los Angeles, but could not execute at the end of the game.
This was a measuring stick game for the Browns as they attempt to establish themselves as a contender in the NFL. The Rams are the class of the NFC, and the Browns were able to stay in the game and have a chance late to at least take the game into overtime.
Moral victories do not count in the record book, but the Browns managed to keep themselves in the game despite obvious issues. They did not get the result they wanted, but having a chance to beat the defending NFC Champions while not executing for a large portion of the game on the offensive side of the ball is a step in the right direction for the Browns.
With that said, here are the Cleveland Browns studs and duds from their loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.