Yes, the Browns suffered a bad loss to division rival Baltimore Ravens in Week One of the season. Suddenly, Cleveland has rattled off three wins in a row since then. The offense has something to do with their current win streak.
The Browns went into “Jerry’s World” AT&T Stadium looking to avenge a game from 2012 when they last met and lost to the Cowboys, 23-20. The new-look Browns offense had some surprises for Dallas this time around.
The Dawgs drew first blood when former LSU teammates WR Jarvis Landry and WR Odell Beckham Jr. hooked up for a lovely 37-yard touchdown to put the browns up, 7-0. Dallas would answer back when QB Dak Prescott hit WR CeeDee Lamb to tie the game at seven-all. Prescott would later find WR Amari Cooper to put the Cowboys up, 14-7, at the end of the first quarter. Things would take a turn for the worse for Dallas as QB Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense would turn on the fire and score 24-unanswered points. Starting with Mayfield touchdown passes to Beckham and TE Austin Hooper. After RB Nick Chubb went down with a knee injury, RB Kareem hunt would add a rushing touchdown and finally a K Cody Parkey field goal to give the Browns a 31-14 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Hunt would score his second touchdown to put the Browns up, 38-14. Followed by another Parkey field goal to extend the lead to 41-14 going into the fourth quarter. If one thought the game was over and the Cowboys were going to lay down and die; that’d be wrong. The Cowboys would try and rally in the fourth by scoring three touchdowns and converting on all three two-point conversion attempts.
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but whoever coined that phrase obviously hadn’t seen Beckham’s history against the Cowboys as he pulled off a beautiful 50-yard touchdown run. A blocked P.A.T. that was touched by a Cowboy player rolled into the endzone would be recovered by the Browns to count as a two-point conversion. The Cowboys would get one more shot, but the drive would end when CB Denzel Ward would intercept Prescott to seal the game.
Yes, Mayfield would finish the game 19/30 for 165 yards and two TDs, but let’s not forget that this offense has not been a one-man show. The running game has been very strong the last three games and even with Chubb being placed on IR, don’t expect it to drop off any time soon as Kareem Hunt is more than capable of carrying the load. Remember, he’s also a former rushing champion.
Although the defense gave up 38 points, they also caused three turnovers (one int, two fumbles} as DE Myles Garrett lead the way for the Browns with two sacks and one forced fumble. All three turnovers resulted in points for the offense.
Next week, the Browns welcome the Indianapolis Colts to town in a traditional rivalry dating back to the Colts’ days in Baltimore. The all-time series is tied (17-17) with the Browns losing the last meeting, 31-28, back in 2017. QB Phillip Rivers is the new face at quarterback for the Colts and they come into the game 3-1 after beating the Bears, 19-11.
The test for the Browns will be having to keep up the scoring as they now go into this week’s game averaging 39 points each contest over the last three weeks. The defense isn’t without its problems as they have yet to consistently get off the field on third down, but they have generated turnovers and are among the tops in the league in turnover margin. If Garrett, who passed Browns great DL Michael Dean Perry for sacks in his first four seasons with 33.5, can continue his path of destruction and disrupt Indy’s passing game, it will be a long day for Rivers.
Yes, the former Charger has quietly been one of the best statistical quarterbacks over the last decade or so, but he’s also up in age. If the Browns can get to the quarterback, it will make a struggling secondary less worried. The Colts come in averaging 27 points a game.
It will be tough on the Browns secondary if they don’t put pressure on Indy but expect Garrett and company to be at Rivers’ neck all game. True, the “Dawg Pound” won’t be in full force, but I expect First Energy Stadium to be rocking regardless!!
Final Prediction: Expect another 30-point game from the offense and the defense tries to donate Phillip Rivers’ body to science! 30-14 Browns!