What do you say about a team that failed at pretty much every level in their game against the Bengals last week?
Special teams allowed its longest punt return of the season, giving up 40 yards to Adam “Pacman” Jones, and K Zane Gonzalez missed his first field goal of the season and his only attempt on the day from 48 yards.
Except for Emmanuel Ogbah, who had perhaps the best game of his young career with 6 combined tackles, 2 stuffs, 1 sack, and 2 forced fumbles, the defense was abysmal, giving up 350 yards and allowing the Bengals to complete over 50% of their third down attempts. The last stat is especially discouraging, as the Browns forced 11 third down situations, but couldn’t manage to get off the field for 6 of them. Overall, Dalton had too much time to get rid of the ball, and his playmakers were more than happy to take it and rack up 28 points (with the other 3 of their 31 for the day coming on a field goal). The Browns again gave up the majority of these points in the second quarter, allowing three touchdowns in the quarter that has become their Achilles heel this season.
Meanwhile, the Browns offense continued to languish, scoring only 1 touchdown in garbage time after DeShone Kizer had been pulled from what had undeniably become a foregone conclusion of a loss. The rushing game only came away with 45 yards, and it is becoming harder and harder to justify HC Hue Jackson’s decisions to constantly force his rookie QB to win (or attempt to win) every game with his arm. Duke Johnson continues to provide the one bright spot on an otherwise bleak offensive attack, with the rest of Kizer’s “weapons” (I say tongue in cheek) seemingly intent on dropping an alarming number of passes thrown their way.
What can you say? I sincerely hope today’s game against the Jets isn’t as miserable as last week’s against the Bengals. That’s all I’ve got.