3. OBJ’s touchdown standing
Odell Beckham Jr. got back on track in Thursday’s game as he hauled in four catches for 74 yards and a crucial touchdown to make the score 14-3 Browns. It was great to see OBJ make some splash plays and contribute efficiently to the offense.
The touchdown, in particular, swung the game early in the Browns’ favor. That play took the lead from four points to 11 and also built some early momentum for the Browns. The offense seemed to click from that point forward which was important as the Bengals also managed to score 30 points.
OBJ’s TD came on a boot pass stemmed from a wide zone run fake to the right and Baker rolled left to deliver a 50-yard strike as OBJ fell in the endzone. After a slow-motion replay, it seemed as though Beckham was actually short by about a half yard. But after the referees reviewed the play, they decided there was not enough evidence to overturn the call and allowed the score to stand.
This was big for Cleveland because points are not guaranteed in the NFL. In fact, later in the game, Nick Chubb scored a touchdown but was eventually called down on the half-yard line and the Browns failed to score on four straight plays. The fact that the touchdown stood was massive for the Browns. They may have scored that drive regardless, but it also got OBJ and Baker on the same page early and you could see the confidence both were displaying from that point forward.
OBJ’s first score of the season was a pivotal moment in the game and hopefully snowballs into more success from him this season.