Cleveland Browns: Bad play led to the Bengals sweeping their in-state rival


The Voice of the Fan seems to be ready for the draft after seeing the Cleveland Browns’ effort against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fans could see in the first series on both sides of the ball why the Cleveland Browns are inching closer to locking up the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Penalties and missed assignments cost the Browns a touchdown both offensively and defensively.

Cleveland’s offensive penalties continued to pile up with right tackle Shon Coleman leading the way as the Browns’ player with the most frustrating individual game in Week 12. Coleman now has double-digit penalties on the season.

More penalties of a senseless nature caused led to yet another missed field goal by kicker Zane Gonzalez. There were no penalties last week, but Cleveland certainly made up for it this week.

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Quarterback DeShone Kizer left today’s game — something Cleveland fans have seen too many times already because of injury. While he was checked for a concussion, Cody Kessler replaced him and to no one’s surprise, he looked lost on the field!

Thank goodness Kizer was able to come back but to no avail. Today, like previous weeks, I felt like I was watching the Three Stooges!

Punter Britton Colquitt left temporaily as he was checked out for a concussion. While he was gone, Gonzalez had to cover the punter and boy did he struggle! His punt only went 16 yards. Gonzalez cannot punt or kick field goals. with a 16 yard punt!

At halftime, the Cincinnati Bengals led 16-6. Cleveland had 210 yards of offense and with only six points, are they allergic to the endzone?

Into the second half, even more penalties by the Browns defense occured thus costing them the a touchdown. Adding insult to injury, Coleman’s horrible play did not let up as he was called for a second holding call. As a result, Cleveland had to settle for another field goal.

This is not the first game where fans did not like the play-calling. That said, you must really question the play-calling, especially down the stretch.

There were plays that were called by head coach Hue Jackson that were just ridiculous for the down and distance. Kizer did what he could trying to keep it close as he ran it into the end zone on fourth down cutting the deficit to 23-16.

In every NFL game, the refs are focused on safety but often times, they make horrible calls. Add another one to the list as they called a penalty on safety Jabrill Peppers. That penalty ultimately took away any chance for the Browns to get back into the game. What else could go wrong?

Well, I’ll tell you. Both Coleman and Spencer Drango were beaten badly on a number of occasions and the wide recievers had more drops than they should have.

In a few days, Cleveland will probably get the “I’m sorry” letter from the league — A lot of good that does (shaking my head). It is time for the refs to get fined when they make bad calls.

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The Browns took another giant step toward securing the first pick in the draft! Cleveland let another winnable game slip away as they earned their 18th consecutive road loss 30-16.