The Steelers are good. Duh.
It feels like that has been the case for my entire life. Every single year Pittsburgh seems to dominate the Browns, get to the playoffs and contend for a Super Bowl. That’s something that only Browns fans can dream of…
This past Sunday and leading up to it was a bit different. Sure, the Steelers were 4-0 and the game was on the road at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, but the Browns were 4-1 and had all the momentum after a big win against a solid Indianapolis team. This was set to be a battle more intense than Rocky vs. Apollo.
What disappointed me the most is not that the Browns lost the game. It’s that the final score was a ghastly 38-7. The Steelers destroyed the Browns and it looked like Cleveland was disinterested in competing with the best of them.
Take that 7 and change it to a 35. Make the final score 38-35 with the Steelers still winning. Sure, I’d be disappointed in the loss like any fan would. However, that type of game shows the Browns could hang with the best of them. Can give a solid effort for 60 minutes and not be embarrassed out there.
I find myself questioning if QB Baker Mayfield has the tools to contend with the best of them. Winning lollipop games takes a franchise so far for so long. To be the best, it takes beating the best.
Now, this isn’t the end of the world.
At the beginning of the season, we’d all take a 4-2 record after six games for sure. This loss just brought to the forefront a plethora of problems that must be addressed as soon as possible if the Browns want any chance. Baker’s decision-making, the offensive line against good opponents, injuries, play-calling, effort and more.
A part of me fears the Browns simply just…aren’t good enough. I hope I am wrong and the team bounces back from this affair. Only time will tell.
For now, Browns fans must wipe away their tears. Pray for better showings in the coming weeks and just remember that we’ve sadly been here before…many, many times.