It’s no secret that my hatred for the Baltimore Pigeons goes back to when the O.G. Cleveland Browns were moved to Maryland by owner Art Modell. Needless to say, I was hoping the Pigeons would lose on Monday night. However, the Baltimore Pigeons keep their playoff hopes alive by coming into First Energy Stadium and beating the Browns in a shootout, 47-42. It was the best Monday night game in years by any two teams in the NFL.
In what is already dubbed as the game of the year, the Browns and Pigeons didn’t disappoint as both teams showed that their offenses were ready to give the limited attendance and viewers at home a hell of a show.
The Browns would draw first blood when Browns RB Nick Chubb would scamper seven yards for the first TD of the game. The Pigeons would answer back when Lamar Jackson would take the ball in himself for a TD. The Pigeons would go into halftime with a 21-14 lead and would add on to that as they took their opening second-half possession down for a score to make it a 28-14 game in the third quarter. Browns RB Kareem Hunt would respond with a TD to bring the Browns within seven at 28-21 going into the fourth.
Jackson would leave the game for a few plays with cramping issues but would return just in time to throw a 44-yard TD pass to put the game at 42-35. Mayfield would tie the game when he found Hunt for a 22-yard TD pass putting the game at 42-all with 1:04 left to play in regulation. Jackson would lead a drive down the field to give K Justin Tucker a chance for the game-winning 55-yard field goal. Needless to say, Tucker isn’t the NFL’s most accurate kicker for nothing.
The Pigeons would then get a safety after a series of failed laterals to put the game at 47-42 in favor of Baltimore.
Mayfield would finish the game 28/47 for 343 yards, three TDs (one rushing) and one interception. Browns RB’s Hunt and Chubb would add 33 and 82 yards, plus three total TDs respectively. Now, I know some Browns fans are going to look at this game and get mad about not having the win, but keep in mind that the Browns can still clinch their playoff spot next week as they head to the “Big Apple” to play the New York Giants in a Sunday night game.
The good news is that the Browns still hold the top wild-card spot in the AFC playoff picture. The Browns can also still achieve a 10-win season next week with back-to-back games in New York against the Giants and Paper Airplanes (Jets). After watching this game and seeing that the Browns offense is still on fire, I have no doubt that they will bounce-back and clinch.
FINAL PREDICTION: My sister is a Giants fan, but she may be a tad disappointed. Browns go into New York with bad intentions and jolly stomp the Giants!
43-13 BROWNS (sorry sis)!