The Cleveland Browns found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, losing to the Oakland Raiders 45-42 in overtime in Week 4.
It doesn’t get a lot worse than scoring 42 points and losing.
But this is the Cleveland Browns, who blew a 14-point lead, and allowed 20 unanswered to the Oakland Raider sin the second half before finally losing in overtime, 45-42.
This one hurts because the Browns appeared to have the game wrapped up. Carlos Hyde had a first down overturned. Had it held, the Browns would’ve been able to run out the clock.
So the Browns are 1-2-1.
Here’s the highlights.
Mayfield’s leadership was evident on the sideline after the play, as the quarterback was seen consoling the Florida product.
The Browns got on the board with a field goal from Greg Joseph, and got the ball back a couple of possessions later.
That’s when Nick Chubb reminded us of all of how electric he could be while at Georgia.
Chubb, who’s been used minimally this year, ripped off a 63-yard touchdown run. Entering the game he had seven carries for 41 yards.
The Browns followed up with what many card-carrying members of the Dawg Pound hope will be history worth remembering.
We all knew Fells would be on the receiving end of Baker’s first TD, right?
The Browns caught a terrible break when Terrance Mitchell went down with an injury and was seen carted off the field wearing a cast on his arm.
It’s a cold hard truth, but this is how the NFL works: Next man up.
And that man was E.J. Gaines, who had a huge touchdown to end the first half.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr really had the Raiders moving, and it appeared inevitable that Oakland was going to tie the game. Instead, Gaines’ pick ended the half ensuring the Browns had the lead while receiving the ball to begin the third quarter.
The defense came out just as hungry in the second with Damarious Randall coming up with a huge interception on a deep ball from Carr.
The play set up the Browns for a drive finished off when Baker Mayfield threw a beautiful fade to Jarvis Landry, who made an All-Pro catch to put the Browns up 26-14.
Oakland got some life from defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, made worse for Browns fans who double as Buckeye fans, because he’s from Michigan. Hurst knocked the ball away from Mayfield and Oakland recovered.
It couldn’t have been worse for the Browns, as they gifted the ball to the Raiders inside the 10-yard line.
This was the result:
And the Browns implosion continued when J.C. Tretter snapped the ball early and Mayfield fumbled it, giving the Raiders the ball on the Browns’ 20-yard line.
The Raiders could only manage three points, though. The Browns got off lucky.
The Browns forced the Raiders to punt on their next possession, and let Nick Chubb take over, to the tune of a 41-yard touchdown.
The zebras tried to take it away from Cleveland, by not giving them a first down late in the fourth quarter. Carlos Hyde had a first down on the field, but the play was overturned and the spot was changed. Fox’s referee in the booth, Dean Blandino, said he wouldn’t have overturned it.
The Raiders got the ball and moved the ball downfield with Derek Carr hooking up with Jared Cook.
Jordy Nelson made an unbelievable catch on a contested ball to tie the game at 42.
The Raiders got the best of the Browns in overtime, as Cleveland’s offense did nothing on the one possession they had in the extra stanza.
Oakland won with a field goal from their rookie kicker to get John Gruden his first win with the Raiders in his second time around.
This one’s going to take some time to get over, because it was the Browns’ for the taking. Believe it or not, this team SHOULD be 5-0.
It’s no comfort now, but the team has the talent, and their taking their lumps. The future is still bright.