Well, that was an interesting game for the Cleveland Browns.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad about the win, but my goodness, the Houston Texans failed to capitalize a few times to make this game really interesting — and that’s a good thing, because now, the Browns are even closer to a potential playoff berth.
Let’s see what exactly went right in this game for the Browns in this 10-7 win.
What Went Right
Chubb is the best pure runner in the NFL, and it showed, as he rushed for over 100+ yards and a touchdown (could’ve been two, but…) in his return to remind everybody why he’s legit. Hunt also proved why he’s the best backup running back in the league since he also rushed for over 100+ yards and has the added ability to catch the football to make even more plays. A truly great tandem in Cleveland.
Baker Mayfield also performed as expected, considering the ridiculous weather and no turnovers, which helped the team earn this win.
Defensively — oh, my goodness — Myles Garrett can’t stop being great. He leads the league with 9.5 sacks and is on pace for his third season in a row with 10 or more sacks. He didn’t even play a full season last year… that’s how good he is. Garrett is my vote for Defensive Player of the Year as of Week 10, and with his continued production, he’s living up to his giant contract he received this year. Also, overall, the defense performed well, allowing only seven points to a great quarterback and good offense in Deshaun Watson and the Texans.
What Went Wrong
It’s difficult to talk about what went wrong considering the conditions, but there’s always something to find.
First off, we’ll mention penalties. Mayfield had a strange intentional grounding penalty on the first drive of the game that took away a promising series and forced a Cody Parkey field goal — which isn’t exactly what you want, but in the end, that field goal still mattered a lot.
Being 50% on third down is fine if you win the game, but those numbers need to be improved upon, as well; can’t always get lucky and win a close game such as this matchup.
First off, the weather conditions themselves are worthy of a WTF mention. 70 MPH winds at one point, along with hail?!? Blows my mind that the team played in that weather, but with that running back duo, the team is built to withstandit.
Another WTF is that Hunt and Chubb both went over 100 rushing yards apiece, which hasn’t happened since 1966 — another reason to feel blessed to have both of those players on the same team.
Also… WTF, Nick Chubb: I didn’t need another touchdown to win my fantasy league this week, but it would’ve been nice to have, instead of you running out at the one-yard line. Just a little upset with that, is all.
This team got very lucky this week, as they are built to play in windy and rough weather. I highly doubt another game will happen where they allow only seven points to an opponent, but they know their identity on offense and they are in the hunt for a playoff spot.
Up next is the Philadelphia Eagles and their injury-riddled team. Should be another interesting and entertaining matchup to come.
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