You know what they say…
“It’s not how you finish; it’s how you start!”
Oh, wait. That’s not how the saying goes and the Browns must have not gotten the message in Pittsburgh. After starting with a 10-0 lead, the team ended up losing the game, 20-13…
To a third-string quarterback.
In a contest the Browns had to win to keep their playoff hopes alive, the team could not find a way to keep the energy from the beginning of the game and use that all the way through.
Frankly, the offensive line was terrible and Baker Mayfield did injure his hand close to halftime cause he was under duress the entire game. It’s surprising that he didn’t get killed out there with how awful the line was, allowing five sacks and pressure every play.
Mayfield was not innocent.
Odell Beckham Jr. had three catches the entire game. This is supposed to be our superstar and he was essentially a non-factor in the biggest game of the year.
With the way this started, it makes the loss even harder to swallow. The fact that the Browns had a chance to tie with the ball and Baker ended up throwing an interception to former Brown Joe Haden…
Well, that certainly didn’t help the sadness in Cleveland.
Yes, the title of this piece is a play on Freddie Kitchens wearing the “Pittsburgh Started It” shirt. It would’ve been a lot cooler had the Browns won at Heinz Field.
Additionally, it’s not like Big Ben was the quarterback. This is Devlin “Duck” Hodges, the third-string at the position for the Steelers.
Yet, the Browns still found a way. Just like they always do…
Our defensive was filled with plenty of second-string guys. Some out with injury, some suspended and some are first-string and just suck. Giving up 20 points isn’t even that bad, but with the circumstances – it was horrible.
Well, another year goes by where the Browns cannot sweep the Steelers. It hasn’t been since 1988. The playoffs look extremely dim, too. Now at 5-7, this team will have to win all four final games and get some major help from around the league.
Frankly, they don’t deserve a playoff birth.
Simply put, this was a disappointing effort in every way. Besides the 10-0 start, everything from that point on was pathetic.
Freddie Kitchens is certainly on the hot seat. Now, I’ve said he’s done enough to earn another year. However, after this game, it makes me question that logic.
Next week is the Bengals and they just won their first game of the year. At 1-11, be careful, Browns. Be careful…