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10 Thoughts on the Cleveland Browns Week 3 Victory

Ten thoughts on the Browns defeating the Washington Football Team 34-20 on Sunday afternoon.

The Browns defeated the Washington Football Team 34-20 on Sunday afternoon. Having let a day go to let emotion and take another viewing of the game in, let’s get to some thoughts.

  1. The Browns offensive line is probably the best in football. Joel Bitonio has been a good guard for the Browns for many years, a standout performer that was clearly the best player on the line. Now, one can pick a play and find a good performance on the offensive line.
  2. Wyatt Teller looks to be in line for a huge year. He is clearly the breakout star of the Browns right now and his ability to move and block with a nastiness and power the Browns haven’t seen in a long time. Seeing as the Browns thought that they would have a huge hole at RG, this is a major win for the Browns.
  3. Obviously the Browns running offense is a big key to their success right now. Nick Chubb is simply one of the most explosive running backs in the NFL right now. No one runs with the combo of speed, power and vision quite like Chubb. If he had a backfield all to himself, he might be able to run for 200 yards a game behind this offensive line.
  4. But Nick Chubb isn’t by himself, as his backfield mate Kareem Hunt is also playing a huge role in the offense right now. It’s not that he is as natural of a runner as Nick Chubb either, although he is invaluable as a short yardage runner. But Hunt provides receiving ability which has been critical to the Browns so far this year, and does not look like it will change any time soon.
  5. The Browns will need Baker Mayfield to win them a game at some point this year. While Baker looks to have taken a progression from 2019, the Browns will need him to grow more. However, for a younger QB, sometimes it is good to throw only 20 or 25 times a game and allow the team to win it for you. Maybe realizing that Baker does not have to do it all himself will let him calm down and just play instead of over thinking and panicking.
  6. The defense was bad on Sunday, no doubt about it. The secondary and linebackers are simply not athletic, healthy, or talented enough to play their roles in the Joe Woods defense. I’m still hopeful that something can be worked to suit his players, but in the meantime, the Browns will have to outscore opponents.
  7. The defensive line has been win the Browns games. Myles Garrett had 2 sacks and another forced fumble yesterday. After a disappointing Week 1, Garrett has made game changing and sealing plays to lead the Browns to victory in weeks 2 and 3. As the defense settles behind Garrett and the defensive line, I’d expect the sack numbers to go up.
  8. I have almost no hope for the linebackers, however. While Malcolm Smith and BJ Goodson did both intercept a pass, they both lack something in their games. With Smith, he is a liability in making tackles in space and in the running game. Goodson, however, is simply not good enough at coverage. The hope is that the Browns can find one do it all linebacker at some point, but I’m not so sure that guy is on the roster.
  9. The secondary is getting healthier, which is a blessing. At some point, you’d like to see all 3 of their top corners in the game, healthy and covering their guys. Mitchell is a solid corner, but he should be more of a nickel or dime guy than playing on the outside. As for the safeties? Karl Joseph finally showed up in a big way. Tackling machine and a huge interception. I would hope, at some point, the Browns turn to Sheldrick Redwine as Andrew Sendejo is a, I’m sure, a good veteran to have in the locker room but totally done as a player.
  10. Most importantly, I believe that Kevin Stefanski is the right head coach for the Cleveland Browns. He understands what it is going to take to have the Browns be successful and has done a great job as a play caller. Further, after the fake punt against Baltimore, Stefanski has been nearly perfect in game day management. Stefanski hasn’t lost a challenge, nor have the Browns needed to waste time outs before the 2 minute warning. He brings a level of professionalism and knowledge that the Browns sideline has lacked since 1999.

Been a Browns fan since birth but unfortunately don't remember much of the good times. Lived through expansion era, the Butch era, Romeo era, Mangini, Holmgren, Sashi, Dorsey and now we begin a new era!

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