Week 3 of the NFL season is about to kick off.
The Cleveland Browns are 0-2. Both losses coming to division rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore. However, it seems like much of the same from last season. Turnovers, injuries, and inconsistent quarterback play.
But with starting a rookie quarterback, especially against a tough Pittsburgh defense, one would expect some inconsistencies and mistakes to occur. With that said, Kizer performed well in his first NFL game. He completed 20-30 passes for 222 yards and threw one interception. He also added a one- yard touchdown run. He made some rookie mistakes that can be corrected with more playing and practice time.
The 21-18 result, even though it was a loss, left a relatively positive feeling going into Week 2 against Baltimore.
That was not the case when game time hit.
The Browns defense looked vulnerable and the offense could not get anything going, committing five turnovers- four interceptions and one fumble. It is hard to win with that amount of turnovers.
Injuries also caused some of Cleveland’s problems on Sunday. Kizer left the game in the second quarter for migraines, linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. got a concussion, and Coleman broke his hand. This is the second season in a row in which Coleman suffered a broken hand. He was placed on IR earlier this week, and is eligible to return after eight weeks.
On top of that, the number one overall draft pick, Myles Garrett, is still sidelined with an ankle injury he sustained during the preseason. After practice on Wednesday, head coach Hue Jackson provided some insight on Garrett, saying “he’s getting there. Huge progress has been made.” This is good news for not only Garrett, but the team in general. He can cause lots of problems up front and could cause offenses to change up their game plan once he is finally on the field.
In the midst of everything that happened on Sunday, there were some positives that took place during the game.
Secondly, Browns left tackle Joe Thomas played his 10,000 career snap. Since he was drafted into the NFL in 2007, Thomas has not missed a snap. This milestone happened on Cleveland’s fourth offensive snap of the afternoon. This is quite an accomplishment for a future hall of famer.
The upcoming schedule is very favorable, as well.
Next up for the Cleveland Browns is a trip to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. This is a very winnable game for Cleveland, as the Colt’s defense is not very good and they are having major quarterback issues, with Andrew Luck being ruled out because of ongoing shoulder problems. The Browns should win this game and should take the momentum from it into their week four matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, which is another game they can win.
Look for the Browns to get their first win of the season and for Kizer and Isaiah Crowell to have big games.
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