As the great Rocky Balboa once said, “How did everything so good get so bad?” That’s what Browns fans are feeling right now after a horrific 37-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday. This loss has brought lots of questions and concerns to the forefront of the franchise. Just a couple of weeks ago, the Browns had beaten the Vikings to push their record to 3-1.
The loss to the Chargers stung, certainly. Yet this defeat to the Cardinals hit differently. The Browns were just a mess in every capacity and it showed from the very beginning of the affair.
Yes, fans are starting to question if QB Baker Mayfield is the quarterback of the future. Can WR Odell Beckham Jr. stay healthy and on the right track with his quarterback? Will the offensive line be able ability to protect and give Baker even a chance? Why is the secondary playing so poorly? Will players be able to get healthy for the short week?
Certainly, Arizona is a great team and the record of 6-0 shows that fact. It’s not as if the Browns lost to an 0-5 bottom-feeder and were upset at home by one of the worst teams in the league. That would be one thing. This defeat was bad, but at least it was against one of the best teams in the league.
Do I want to hit the “panic button?” Uhh, it is certainly tempting after seeing the way the team played. I will hold off for now.
Baker was quoted postgame as saying,“You could ask anybody in our building, have we played to our potential? Absolutely not. We have 11 more games to go show who we are.”
The question is, will this team reach said potential?
It starts this coming Thursday against the 3-3 Denver Broncos back in First Energy Stadium. The Broncos are coming off a 34-24 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders. It’s another test for the Browns under the bright lights against a solid team.
Questions need to be answered and players can talk the talk sure. Can they do it out on the field? Winning on Thursday will rid some of the dismay fans currently have.