Cleveland Browns defense
The defense was awful. They had a chance to change that outcome early on when the Patriots had their first drive of the game but they couldn’t stop New England on three third-down attempts.
Ultimately, the Patriots went on to score the touchdown. The defense then went into their familiar role of missing tackles and had their defensive coordinator Joe Woods calling very few plays to put pressure on the New England rookie quarterback, Mac Jones. New England was 6-of-7 on third-down conversions in the first half in which they led 24-7.
The effort by the Browns defenders was just pathetic. How many times did you see Patriot offensive players running after the catch or plowing through the line at will? The defense gave up drives of 99, 95, and 92 yards Sunday. Yikes.
If the Browns were to have any chance at the win in Week 10, especially with the offense giving little effort as well, they would have needed the defense to show up. I think they stayed back in Cleveland from the effort that we saw today. This has certainly been a roller coaster of a season and the Browns defense has tried slowing down that ride.
Who to blame more each week is a weekly talking point. I don’t believe defensive coordinator Joe Woods has called games well and his inability to get a gage on his team and players is a real negative for him continuing next season in the same role.