Cleveland Browns: 3 disappointments after first quarter of 2020 season

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 27: Head coach Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns watches the scoreboard during the second half against the Washington Football Team at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Washington Football Team 34-20. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

3 Most disappointing Cleveland Browns through the first quarter of 2020

The Cleveland Browns have completed the first quarter of their season. Despite dropping their season opener to Baltimore by over 30 points, they have managed to rattle off three consecutive wins to bring their first-quarter record to an impressive 3-1.

Cleveland is back in the thick of things in the AFC North standings as they have the same record as the Ravens while the Steelers are 3-0 due to an early bye as a result of COVID concerns. The Browns are also off to their best start in 19 years as the last time they started 3-1 was in 2001.

The team has looked very solid and efficient on the offensive side of the ball to start the year. They lead the league in rushing yards per game by a wide margin. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has not thrown for a ton of yards but has been careful with the ball and his accuracy has been much better. His seven touchdowns to two interception ratio has shown his patience and maturity in his decision making. This has also led to Cleveland leading the league in turnover margin as we are +6 through four games.

The defense has been rather poor in areas other than takeaways. Cleveland has surrendered the 8th most yards per game and tied for 5th worst in points given per game. Fortunately, the defense has 10 turnovers and Myles Garrett is leading the league with five sacks including three strip sacks.

There have been many bright spots for the Browns through their first four games but there have also been some disappointments. In this article we will highlight the players who have most disappointed thus far. Hopefully, they turn it around or the team finds ways to improve and lead to more success for the Browns going forward.

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