It was ugly at times, but the Cleveland Browns are finally above .500
The Cleveland Browns did exactly what they were supposed to do on Sunday. They won a game in which they were favored by a touchdown vs. the Washington Football team. At times it was ugly, and most long-time Browns fans had flashbacks to unimaginable collapses of the past.
While the offense had a tough stretch to start the second half, the defense was able to force four turnovers and Baker Mayfield was able to get points when it mattered most. The numbers were less than stellar for the third-year quarterback, but the demoralizing duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt led the Browns for a second straight week.
Perhaps the biggest play of the game was a third and long conversion in the third quarter between Mayfield and Odell Beckham after Washington took a 20-17 lead. The 12-yard completion doesn’t seem like much, but the Browns had a whopping negative 12 yards in the two drives prior. The 11 play 75-yard drive brings hope to fans that the losing culture is slowly leaving Cleveland.
While a win is a win in the NFL (all of them are great), there is still room for improvement on both sides of the ball. The Browns head into Dallas next week to face a talented offense, and with continued play like this weekend, the scoreboard could run out of digits for the Cowboys.
Let’s take a deep breath on this victory Monday and enjoy the win for a moment. While the team has moved on to Dallas, fans can enjoy at least one cup of coffee. Here are three overreactions for the Browns through the first three weeks of the season, including a win Sunday vs. Washington.