The Cleveland Browns had an inexcusable loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. The crew was flat on offense, made rather a few errors on each facet of the ball and couldn’t win the famous quit when wished on defense.
In the dwell, the crew is 4 – 4 and in last space within the AFC North.
Seeking to search out some straightforward positives is difficult. With the Baltimore Ravens on a bye this week, the Browns are most attention-grabbing 1.5 games relief within the AFC North with five more games against division foes. Handiest one crew within the AFC will plan out of Week 8 with bigger than five victories.
The negatives are many as we dart during the Week 8 loss with a few areas where we are going to likely be in a position to search out some positives to head with the negatives:
Baker Mayfield Became Stunning No longer Colossal
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Getting again from a week off from ruin, Baker Mayfield performed a first rate sport no matter complications from his tear-catchers (we are going to likely be in a position to win to that) and a restricted breeze sport.
Mayfield’s closing boxscore numbers are pedestrian: 20/31 for 225 yards with out a touchdowns or interceptions. He also had a actually noteworthy five-yard mosey.
Inner the numbers, the Browns starting up quarterback effect rather a few zip on the ball and was, mostly, no longer off notice. It was obvious the variation between his arm energy and that of Case Keenum.
His receivers failed him rather in most cases. Mayfield’s ball placement was no longer very most attention-grabbing however he regarded better than he did against Arizona.
Mayfield’s Tear Catchers Failed
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Jarvis Landry had two unhurried drops and a fumble.
Odell Beckham Jr. decided no longer to risk going up for a excessive ball.
Austin Hooper dropped a ball that will were a touchdown early within the sport.
Rashard Higgins dropped a relief-shoulder throw where Mayfield tried to offer protection to the receiver from a huge hit by no longer leading him.
D’Ernest Johnson dropped a ball that was effect suitable on him.
With the final minute details concerned with route working, evaluating the defense on the cruise and throwing passes whereas a route is being breeze, blame is more nuanced than most need it to be. In some of those cases, Mayfield can were more excellent and the tear-catcher can luxuriate in caught the ball.
Accidents Proceed to Plague
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Cleveland bought Jack Conklin relief for lower than a half of of a sport earlier than shedding him again with an elbow ruin. Then, at the delivery up of the 2nd half of, came news that John Johnson III would no longer return to the sport.
At one level, Greg Newsome II went out of the sport for a couple performs ensuing in Tim Harris, brought up from the practice squad for the sport, was starting up at exterior cornerback.
In the intervening time, Denzel Ward, AJ Inexperienced, Newsome and Johnson had been all off the field.
While Blake Hance has performed successfully in keep begins, having him matched up against TJ Watt was no longer the realizing for this week however he is probably going to be the crew’s suitable kind out for a whereas if Conklin is out.
PFF Factual About Personnel’s Tackling Issues
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When we shared that Educated Football Focal level had the Browns as the 2nd-very best graded crew within the NFL through seven weeks, many had been vexed. What was no longer soft was that they’d the crew’s tackling as their worst graded dwelling.
It was evident correct during the sport in Week 8. Two huge uncared for tackles by Grant Delpit and Anthony Walker resulted in lengthy good points by the Steelers offense. Finishing tackles was also a war as Najee Harris and others added a few yards on many performs.
Against a extremely restricted offense, no longer tackling or finishing tackles is probably going to be the variation between a purchase and a loss. Sunday, that will were right no matter the final other struggles.
Gash Chubb No longer Wholesome Ample Goal for Restricted Flow Game?
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At halftime, Gash Chubb had six carries for right 20 yards. He executed the sport with 16 carries for 61 yards however the Cleveland ground sport right couldn’t win it going as they seek files from it to as the pinnacle speeding assault within the NFL.
Per week after D’Ernest Johnson led the crew in speeding, he was most attention-grabbing given four carries.
Chubb didn’t look worship himself most of the sport including getting hit within the backfield and having more than one carries with zero or adverse yardage.
Became it a mistake to advised Chubb this week as but every other of riding Johnson? Could perchance the carries were more balanced? Or, does the credit right tear to the Pittsburgh defense?
Ronnie Harrison’s Contract Season Going Poorly
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Ronnie Harrison’s season began with getting expelled from Week 1’s sport against the Kansas City Chiefs. While the coach though-provoking there deserved rather a few blame, Harrison’s lack of discipline has been a field grand of the season.
This week’s sport began with him getting a penalty for a extremely unhurried hit out of bounds that offset a conserving penalty by the Steelers.
For the length of the sport, Harrison took many unhealthy angles in breeze suits and struggled in coverage. Stare the “33” dot on this lengthy play as Harrison is drawn to Tear Claypool as but every other of carrying the center of the field tight dwell:
After a right first yr in Cleveland, Harrison has effect some unhealthy tape on the field in his 2nd. If he can’t turn it around, this is probably going to be attention-grabbing what more or much less contract he will get within the offseason.
Greg Newsome II Became With out a doubt Factual
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Critical to exercise too grand time on a obvious given the outcomes of the sport however rookie cornerback Greg Newsome II performed very successfully this week. He was tight in coverage, performed the ball very successfully and showed off his velocity and quickness.
On a actually noteworthy third down unhurried within the sport, Newsome fought through site site visitors on a shallow poke route and closed the gap after the protect to power a fourth down. On the level of the protect, a first down regarded distinct as the coverage call supplied no interior enhance for the route. Newsome needed to develop the play or the Steelers had a straightforward first down. Handiest a few corners are instant passable to enact what Newsome did.
All as soon as more, no person was very most attention-grabbing on Sunday however Newsome’s PFF grade must peaceful be excessive on Sunday.
Grasping Williams Plays Handiest Up Tight
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Grasping Williams was beat on a few outbreaking routes early within the sport however was playing in off coverage on those performs. Because the referees allowed the exterior gamers to be physical with one but every other, Williams was grand better playing press or closer to the receiver at the snap.
He wasn’t very most attention-grabbing, Claypool had a annoying contested protect against him in tight man, however it is glaring that Williams has more consolation being in a situation to win physical alongside with his man.
With Ward likely out one other week, Williams needs to be effect within the situation to be a success. For Williams, that would not comprise playing off man or off zone coverage as in most cases in step with Week 8’s performance.
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Cleveland shot themselves within the foot more than one occasions. Rashard Higgins jumped the snap (fallacious delivery up), as but every other of right staring at the ball, turning a Third and 11 correct into a Third and 16. Landry had a form of penalties within the first quarter. We already notorious Harrison’s penalty that offset a Steelers protect.
On high of those straightforward penalties, the drops and uncomfortable tackling had been sizable parts of the Browns loss in Week 8.
Gamers will take accountability for every of those whereas the coaching group will label that they must coach better. The acknowledge, because it is more often than not, is that both luxuriate in accountability. Cleveland simply can’t beat themselves, particularly in a extremely winnable sport.
Whole Game Is restful Lacking for the Browns
A straightforward luxuriate in a look at the Browns season outcomes tells the epic that staring at each sport has knowledgeable us: Cleveland hasn’t performed a total sport to this level this yr.
The Browns luxuriate in 9 games left to A) develop the playoffs and B) delivery up playing total games with both the offense and defense playing successfully. Failure to enact B will develop A unlikely.
At 4 – 4, talking playoffs looks foolish however that is the crew’s aim and, except eliminated, will continue to be the level of interest shifting forward.
The following step in direction of that aim is the NFL Commerce Closing date on Tuesday this week. Will Andrew Berry and firm develop a lag? (A huge lag? Multiple moves?) Construct they luxuriate in the crew has passable expertise however right needs to manufacture better? Will any participant develop noise searching out after the unhealthy delivery up?
A bunch of questions after a uncomfortable performance in Week 8.