Browns star in a movie we’ve seen before: 3 Quick Postgame Thoughts
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Browns' winning streak is over. It came to a complete stop Sunday in Pittsburgh, 38-7, where the Browns still haven’t won a game since 2003.
Here are three quick thoughts about the game:
1. Second verse same as the first
Sunday’s game was eerily similar to what we saw from the Browns in Week 1 vs. the Ravens.
Against the Ravens, the Browns showed more empty backfield than play action early, turned the ball over twice in the first half, fell behind 10-0 and trailed 24-6 at halftime.
That’s pretty much what we saw from the Browns against the Steelers, except this time they made the extra point after their touchdown to trail 24-7 at the break.
Baker Mayfield has thrived on play-action rollouts this season, but, just like Week 1, we didn’t see much of that against the Steelers.
Against the Ravens, Mayfield rolled out just once. Against the Steelers, I counted two designed rollouts in the first half. One was the opening play of the Browns' third drive and resulted in a first-down throw to Harrison Bryant. The other was the 36-yard pass to Austin Hooper, who was wide open. Mayfield wanted to roll on that play, but stopped short due because T.J. Watt didn’t bite on the play action.
Simply put, the Browns didn’t look like the team we’ve seen the last four weeks. The Steelers had a lot to do with that, of course.
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