The Cleveland Browns defeated the Chicago Bears in Week 3. This may have been the week they solidified themselves as Super Bowl contenders.
The Cleveland Browns have started 2-1 and have been lights out over the past two weeks. Coming against the Chicago Bears, it was expected to be a good game as it was the Browns high-powered offense against the Bears seemingly great defense — along with the first NFL start of the Bears first-round pick, Justin Fields.
Instead of a close game, we saw an absolute clinic put on by Cleveland’s defense. Statistically, it was a historic game on multiple fronts. Not only did the defense excel, but the offense looked very dynamic with the return of wideout Odell Beckham Jr. There were a couple of lows but even more highs in the aftermath of Sunday afternoon’s contest.
There were points where the offense couldn’t get anything going, to a little fault of their own, but they were able to overcome those struggles thanks to the stellar play of Kareem Hunt on both the rushing and receiving end. This seemed to be the game where the offense finally found its groove and clicked as it did towards the end of last season under Kevin Stefanski.
So far through three games, the Cleveland Browns are sitting in a three-way tie for the lead in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens. The 2-1 record could very well have been 3-0 had the team not fallen apart against the Kansas City Chiefs. The next contest for the Browns is against coach Stefanski’s former team, the Minnesota Vikings, in a game that could see the Browns take the lead in the race for the AFC North.
While Cleveland ended up making out of Week 3 with a win, there was a lot to take in and process following the game. There was a lot of good, there was some bad, and there were most definitely some ugly parts of the game and that’s what this whole piece is about.
Note: These are overreactions, to this week and this week alone. These are meant to be extreme.