November 28, 2021

While watching the Patriots and Browns square off this past weekend, I’m sure that fans were surprised with the performance of Patriots quarterback Mac Jones. Jones is only in his rookie season, though he looked like a seasoned veteran handling the football. Jones looked comfortable and confident throughout the game, as he led his team down the field countless times and completely dominated the Cleveland defense. The Browns were without cornerback Greedy Williams and defensive end Takkarist McKinley, who are two solid players on the defensive side of the ball. The Browns’ defense has been a complete mystery as they could be spectacular one game and the next play like garbage.

Mac Jones picked apart the defense, completing 19 of 23 passes, threw for 198 yards, and three touchdown passes. New England’s defense did an excellent job containing Baker Mayfield, as they limited Baker to 73 passing yards, threw one touchdown and one interception. Baker was missing a big-time weapon in running back Nick Chubb, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Browns running back D’Ernest Johnson started in place of Chubb, Johnson fumbled the football late in the second quarter, however, he did his job as he rushed 99 yards on 19 carries. Mayfield was fortunate as he had underthrown a pass to his receiver that should have been intercepted by cornerback J.C. Jackson, who could not secure the football.

During the late stages of the third quarter on a 3rd and 16 play, Baker Mayfield threw a pass to tight end David Njoku and exited the game as he suffered a knee injury due to a late hit. Cleveland was down by 24 points, and at that point, the game was well out of reach. When all was said and done, New England defeated the Browns 45-7. Cleveland’s play-calling was lousy, as they looked like a below-average team who seems to be at a crossroads at this point in the season. The Patriots converted on 7 out 9 times on third down, Cleveland’s defense surrendered 452 total yards, and New England had 34:02 time of possession. The defense is lost under Joe Woods and I believe the writing is on the wall as he is well past the hot seat and should be fired sooner rather than later.

The Browns currently sit at a record of (5-5), as they have plenty of work to do if they want to salvage the rest of their season. It seems that Baker Mayfield does not seem to be the franchise quarterback, as he has been very inconsistent and chokes during the big-time moment in big games. The offensive play-calling needs to be tinkered with as maybe a new voice is necessary to rectify the offensive woes. Injuries do happen, though good teams overcome those problems, and this team does not have guys who can take the reins when a starter goes down.

It is worth noting, that star defensive end Myles Garrett missed practice today for “personal reasons” though it comes as no surprise as he bad-mouthed his coaches for this past weekend’s performance. This goes to show that defensive coordinator Joe Woods no longer has the trust or support from his players. When that happens, decisions to make changes are inevitable and must be done quickly. This team needs to wake up, look themselves in the mirror and do plenty of self-reflection because their season is on the line. The next game is the most important and for the Browns, they will be welcoming in the Lions this weekend, so get ready.


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