3 Plays that changed the Cleveland Browns outcome in Week 4

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Browns, David Njoku. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 2 – Njoku Fumble

It was a slow start for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and that made it an uphill battle all day which this team is not built for. Two plays after the Falcons kicked a field goal after driving 84-yards, Njoku fumbled a screen that had earned the Browns a first down.

Not only did Njoku fumble, but the ball bounced right up into the Falcons’ arms. The Browns never had a chance as Njoku was surrounded by five defenders when the ball shot loose from the perfect placement of a helmet on the ball.

After the fumble, the Falcons took over on Cleveland’s 31-yard line and scored just three plays later on a 13-yard scamper from Cordarrelle Patterson. At this point, the Browns are down two scores and have had the ball inside the Falcons’ five-yard line and fumbled the ball.

Having an offensive style like the Browns can be fun when you get a small lead. Stefanski can continue to churn the clock with five-yard gain after five-yard gain which can be demoralizing. But at the same time, it’s tough for this offense to make a huge comeback. The Browns were eventually able to tie the game up before half, but the 10-point head start for the Falcons was extremely costly in this game.