After all NFL games the fan bases tend to over react to what they saw on the field. Cleveland Browns’ fans, because of the years of losing, have uniquely learned to both Over and Under react to games. Here are a few of each of those for both the Browns and their opponent the Cincinnati Bengals.
Overreaction: The Browns are challengers for the AFC North this year.
Truth: While the Browns beat the Bengals they lack a couple things to be considered challengers at this moment. The first is consistency. After teams get weeks of tape on the Brian Hoyer led offense there should be some defensive adjustments. The defense has been solid to great in the first 2 weeks but injuries and inexperience could keep the team from staying that way.
Underreaction: The Browns are challengers for the AFC North this year.
Truth: Yep both sides of the coin here. The Browns have their concerns that could keep them from competing, on the other hand so do the other AFC North teams. The Browns were competitive with the Ravens, beat the Bengals and are 2 games up on the 0-4 Steelers. A wide open division means anyone, maybe even the Steelers, have a chance still.
Overreaction: The Bengals can’t win with Andy Dalton.
Truth: While Dalton may not get the team to the Super Bowl this year he has the ability to help the team win in the right scheme. As noted on the broadcast a few times, throwing deep routes with no run game is not a style suiting of Dalton. It is also not the style played the last few years. Part of the credit goes to the Browns defense but the play calling was poor at best this week.
Underreaction: Trent Richardson will not be missed by the team.
Truth: The fact that Richardson struggled to exploit the Jaguars defense was another sign that he may not be a top level RB. The way that Willis McGahee, Bobby Rainey and Chris Ogbonayya played this week should squelch the Richardson discussion, but it will not. Richardson will be compared to whoever is in the Cleveland backfield as well as whoever the Browns draft with the Colts pick next year.
Overreaction: Jordan Cameron is a top flight tight end in the NFL.
Truth: While Cameron has been a standout now for four games, his breakout isn’t a guarantee of continued success. The last big breakout player the Browns had was Jerome Harrison. In his last 3 games he rushed for over 550 yards and 5 touchdowns. He hasn’t made an impact since then. While we can expect Cameron to continue his climb to expect and label him one of the best in the NFL is premature.
Underreaction: The Bengals defense will rebound quickly.
Truth: While the defense was give much publicity in pre-season for much good reason, they haven’t had the dynamic performances over the first 4 games that should be expected. Their line hasn’t put near the pressure, outside the Packers game, on the QB that their combined talent should. Its possible that they have “played down” to their competition and only get up for big games, but that is not a sign of a consistent winner.
What other Over, Under reactions from either team have you seen since the game ended?