The Cleveland Browns beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday by a score of 14-7 in what was quite the bizarre game as a whole. Even the final score doesn’t tell the story as one would think. A typical two Cleveland touchdowns to one Minnesota TD, right?
Nope, not even close.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield went 15/33 throwing the football and was less accurate than Eric Snow shooting three-pointers for the Cavs or me playing Call of Duty. Countless throws over the heads of receivers, to the left and right. He just looked so off and it was terrible to watch.
Luckily, the dynamic duo of running backs Nick Chubb (21 rushes for 100 yards) and Kareem Hunt (14 rushes, 69 yards and a score) were able to carry the Browns to a win. This along with the stellar defense that shut down a solid Minnesota offense to only seven points.
The Browns went for two after a penalty on the extra point moved the ball closer to the goal line. This being on the first score making it originally 8-7 Cleveland leading. Two subsequent field goals got the Browns to that 14 number.
Browns P Jamie Gillan had seven punts on the afternoon and seemingly used his legs more than my friend Victoria who just completed an Ironman race. These were simply because of the plethora of misses on throws by Baker. The man just could not connect to receivers that were wide open and it stalled the drives.
As the saying goes, “A win is a win.” The Browns are 3-1 on the season and tied for first place in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals. We all should be thrilled…right?
Baker Mayfield has a lot of work to do with his accuracy in the coming weeks. Those throws need to be connections because, against the best of the best, there will not be many of the breaks the Browns got against the Vikings. Certainly, this is a great defense. However, the expectation to only allow single-digits in points is not realistic against those great teams in the future.
Yes, the group got the win and that is ultimately what is most important. In the coming games against the LA Chargers, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos, let’s see how Baker’s throws are compared to the Minnesota matchup.
It certainly needs to be better than a 45.5% connection percentage and 155 yards passing for the entire game as a whole. Moreover, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. must have more than two catches for 27 yards. That is supposed to be the stud out wide. Didn’t look like that on Sunday.
The defense? Keep up the good work.
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