September 18, 2021

 Week 1 Heartbreak

The start of this season for Browns fans was equivalent to a child coming downstairs to open up their presents on Christmas morning. Plenty of excitement over the head coach, star running back, and the franchise quarterback in Baker Mayfield. The Browns took on the Kansas City Chiefs and were looking to avenge them after suffering a divisional-round loss to Patrick Mahomes and company. Any football fan knew, that this would be a classic matchup due to the talent, depth, and well-coached teams.

The Browns struck first, as Nick Chubb powered his way into the end zone, on a four-yard run. Cleveland did an excellent job as they had control of the ball for over seven minutes. The Browns opted to take an aggressive stance early on and go for the two-point conversion. The Browns converted on the two-point conversion. Anytime you face a team, that has the talent that the Chiefs possess you must go for the gut punch. Football as we know can change on a dime, which is exactly what happened around the four-minute mark in the first quarter. Mahomes handed the ball off to Clyde Edwards Helaire, who rushed for a first down. Safety Ronnie Harrison Jr made the tackle, when Harrison tried to get up he lost his balance, and right before he could walk over Helaire, running back coach Greg Lewis pushed Harrison so Helaire could get up. Harrison responded by forcefully pushing Lewis which resulted in a costly penalty and being ejected from the game. The Chiefs responded by putting up three points. Later in the half, Jarvis Landry ran for a touchdown.

In the second half, Patrick Mahomes motored into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown run. Cleveland bolted into the end zone on their very next drive as Nick Chubb scampered for an 18-yard touchdown run. Both sides had tightened up on their defense as neither side was able to put any points on the board. This game seemed destined to be a chess match as both sides took turns gaining momentum. The gas of the Browns defense seemed to be running close to E. Mahomes threw a 75-yard missile to Tyreek Hill, which resulted in a touchdown.

The Browns focused on their powerful ground game with Chubb and Hunt late in the game. It was a tough pill to swallow, late in the game when the Browns punter Jamie Gillan fumbled the snap on 4th down. Gillan was running in circles trying to evade the Kansas City defense and get a first down. Mayfield had one last opportunity to give the Browns the lead. Unfortunately, the pocket collapsed on him and was tripped up by safety Daniel Sorensen which translated into an interception. This was a game that the Browns had beat themselves. Ronnie Harrison let his teammates down with his poor behavior in how he handled himself. Lack of focus is what wins and losses games. Fans always look at the quarterback for being at fault, Baker played a solid game. Mayfield completed on 21 out of 28 pass attempts and 321 yards. Football is a team sport and each guy needs to hold the other accountable. Up next, the Browns take on the Texans at home. Browns have a bad taste in their mouths and will look to take their anger out on Houston. Believe me, there will be plenty of bark and bite this weekend.

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