It’s not often that we Cleveland Browns fans get to bask in the sunlight of success. After the Browns improved to 9-3 on the season and are in a position to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, let’s just step back and enjoy the view! Why don’t we look back at just how we got to this point in the season.
Win #1 against the Cincinnati Bengals 35-30
Under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football, Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. caught a 43-yard strike from quarterback Baker Mayfield to take an early lead. After the half, DE Myles Garrett saved the day as he stripped sacked Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow and allowed the Browns to score again!
Win #2 against The Washington Football Team 34-20
The Browns defense forced five turnovers and turned those into 24 points en route to the big win. The Browns were losing this game late into the 3rd quarter but were able to get the offense rolling in the 4th quarter. Browns running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt contributed 158 yards as both scored touchdowns.
Win #3 against the Dallas Cowboys 49-38
The Browns rolled into the Big D and after trading a few touchdowns the Browns took complete control of the game in the 2nd quarter and led 31-14 at the half. The Browns extended their lead to 41-14 before the Cowboys made a big comeback cutting the lead to 41-38 before dynamite Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made an amazing play with a jet sweep to right in which he was able to get around the right end and then danced and sped his way through the Cowboys defense in an early season-defining moment in the Browns year! The Browns were 3-1 and people were starting to talk!
Win #4 against the Indianapolis Colts 32-23
With Browns running back Nick Chubb out due to injury, the Browns relied on their other stars to step up. Quarterback Baker Mayfield threw two touchdowns and over 228 yards in the first half. In the 2nd half Browns CB Ronnie Harrison cut in front of an errant out route by Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers and grabbed the interception and sprinted 47 yards for the pick-six. DE Myles Garrett wreaked havoc again in the 2nd half and the Browns secured the win late.
Win #5 against the Cincinnati Bengals 37-34
In a signature game for Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, in which he threw a Browns franchise record 21 completed passes in a row, the Browns won in dramatic fashion as Mayfield hit Browns receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones in the corner of the end zone with only 11 seconds left in the game.
Win #6 against the Houston Texans 10-7
Coming off their bye week, the Browns would be without their star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who would be out the remaining part of the season due to injury. However, they would get back their powerhouse running back Nick Chubb and that would turn out to be a very big deal. In a game that was delayed at the start because of severe weather and hail, the Browns and Texans struggled to find the end zone. But Chubb scored a touchdown early in the 4th quarter to take the 10-0 lead. After the Texans scored a late touchdown, the Browns had about five minutes left to kill the clock and they did. Behind running backs Kareem Hunt and Chubb, the Browns were able to get several first downs. With the Browns still at their 40-yard line, Chubb got a huge 59-yard run and seemed to be going in for the touchdown when he ran out of bounds at the one yard line of the Texans. Without the Texans having a timeout to use at this point in the game, the Browns were able to take a knee and end the game all because of Chubb’s unbelievably unselfish play.
Win #7 against the Philadelphia Eagles 22-17
In another terrific start to the game for the Browns defense, LB Sione Takitaki intercepted a pass from Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and bolted 50 yards for the early lead. The Browns then relied on running backs Hunt and Chubb to do their thing in the run game. Hunt, early in the 4th quarter took flight as he got into the end zone and extended a Browns lead. Chubb, who had another 100 yard game on the season, secured the win with a powerful 54-yard scamper through the entire Eagle defense late in the ball game.
Win #8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-25
The Browns were able to escape to Florida and its sunny skies and that was just the right conditions for Browns other star wide receiver Jarvis Landry to get hot. Landry caught everything it seemed like in this game finishing with eight catches and 143 yards. Browns running back Chubb continued his dominance with another 19 carries for 144 yards. But it was Chubb’s catch of a Baker Mayfield screen pass where he danced around for a 13-yard gain when they need 12 yards to keep the chains moving the clock running that was another showcase of talent that Chubb is to this Browns team.
Win #9 against the Tennessee Titans 41-35
The build-up to this game had the Browns running backs of Hunt and Chubb doing battle with Titans superstar running back Derrick Henry. However, Browns rookie head coach Kevin Stefanski had other tricks up his sleeve. He went to quarterback Baker Mayfield early in this game and gave him plays that opened up the offense big time! Mayfield threw four touchdowns in the first half alone and the Browns punished the Titans going up 38-7 at the half. The 38 first-half points were the most ever by a Browns team in a single half in franchise history. Mayfield and the Browns offense was brilliant. The second half wasn’t as pretty. But, to date, this game was the most impressive one played by the Browns in recent memory!
So Browns fans, how’d you like that wonderful look back at a fun season to date? Wonder what’s around the corner? Whatever comes next will certainly be remembered in this very exciting Browns season!