It’s not all bad, nor is it all good after the Cleveland Browns Week 1 loss.
The Cleveland Browns looked awful against the Baltimore Ravens in their 38-6 drubbing. The worst part is, every issue that was reported on during training camp was exactly the reason why the Browns got their teeth kicked in. Kevin Stefanski’s play-calling was inconsistent and outlandishly bad at times, calling for pass plays on third and way-short when you have the (supposedly) best running back tandem in the NFL? Forcing plays to Odell Beckham Jr.? Abandoning the run?
Time is a flat circle, apparently.
The game was bad, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t some positivity to take away from the game. The Browns, compared to last year, were almost mistake-free with regards to penalties. There were a few, but last year’s season opener saw the team commit 18 penalties. This year, the Browns only committed eight penalties. A huge improvement.
Larry Ogunjobi also looked phenomenal in the first half of the game, he had four total tackles, three solos, and one for a loss. He even stripped the football from Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, which was recovered by Myles Garrett. One of only two times Garrett’s name was called all game.
The Browns looked rough, there’s no doubt about it. That doesn’t mean the team is sunk for the year because there was some good that was seen in this week’s game. So with that said, let’s look at the three best things from Week 1 and the three worst things from Week 1.