Sunday afternoon in Baltimore was exactly what every Browns fan in the nation wanted & expected from this squad coming out of the gate in Week 1. Since that game, the Browns have beaten a battered and depleted Jets team and held on until the final drive against the reigning NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams. In both of the games against the Jets & Rams, there were flashes of greatness from the Browns offense, but against the division rival Ravens & Lamar Jackson, the offense exploded and the defense put them back on the field with multiple takeaways.
The centerpiece of the nuclear second half was second year running back Nick Chubb.
Chubb ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns, tied for the most rushing touchdowns against the Ravens for a single player, on only 20 carries, which averages out to over eight yards a carry. Chubb made a statement early in the 4th quarter, Browns leading 24-18, starting from the Browns 15 yard line. Chubb exploded for his second career length-of-the-field sprint, totaling 88 yards and clocking in at a shockingly quick speed of 21.95 miles per hour, the fastest of any player thus far in the 2019 season.
Baker Mayfield & Jarvis Landry connected like they never lost a step in the off-season, Mayfield throwing for 342 passing yards, 167 of those yards going to Landry on eight receptions, an average of 21 yards a catch. Worth mentioning, backup tight end Ricky Seals-Jones, despite only three catches made his presence felt with 82 yards and the only Browns receiving touchdown of the afternoon.
As expected, the defense came to play. Finding themselves up against the number one ranked offense coming into Week 4, they brought down young, versatile quarterback Lamar Jackson four times & intercepted two of his pass attempts. In addition to the interceptions, Mark Ingram was stripped and the fumble recovered by the Browns.
All in all, this was what the fans were waiting for. The Browns have come to play and if they can maintain their current form, they should not be taken lightly. Next stop, Monday Night Football in San Francisco.