Three Browns takeaways from miserable Week 12 loss to Ravens on Sunday Night Football
The Cleveland Browns Week 12 matchup vs. the Baltimore Ravens was supposed to be a hard-fought battle between two divisional rivals. One of them, the Browns, was getting healthy. The other, the Ravens, was not. This made a game that was not expected to be close into only a three and a half point spread.
In the end, the Browns-Ravens game failed to impress–especially on the Cleveland side of things. The Browns struggled mightily on offense and do not seem destined to break out of their slump. Regardless, through all of the bad, we see the good– and that has culminated today with three Browns takeaways from their horrendous Week 12 loss to the Ravens. As always, it is one good, one bad, and one ugly takeaway.
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Cleveland Browns Week 12 Takeaways
3. The defense was up to the task (good)
When you intercept the opposing quarterback four times and have three sacks in a game, you usually expect to win the football game. Well, that was not the case for the Browns this week, but it was certainly a big step forward, especially in the run defense department. After being embarrassed a few weeks back by the New England Patriots for over 250 yards to just their running backs, it now seems that the team has turned a corner in regards to that part of their game. Baltimore runs for the most yards per game in the league and Cleveland was able to hold them at bay. That is something the Browns can hang their hats on. The offense, however…
2. The offense was incredibly awful (bad)
Baker Mayfield does not look like a quarterback that is healthy enough to win football games. The team has receivers that are lacking the ability to separate and they are losing offensive linemen by the week. They have also struggled in the ground game recently, usually the best part of their offense. If teams continue to play the Browns like that and take away the run, the offense as a whole will have to be a lot better–especially Mayfield and the passing game.
1. Cleveland fumbled their chances away (ugly)
Even though the Browns played so very badly on offense, the aforementioned success of Cleveland’s defense led to this football game staying within seven points for the entire game. But, lost fumbles by Baker Mayfield and Jarvis Landry ultimately set the stage for yet another Browns loss. Since beating the Cincinnati Bengals in Week nine, the Browns have gone 1-2 (the only win was a 13-10 victory over the winless Detroit Lions), been outscored 71-30, passed up for an AFC wild-card spot, and sent to last place in the AFC North division. Ouch.