4 Cleveland Browns whose stocks are down as Colts hang around too long

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4. Coverage unit

Allowing a kickoff to be returned for a touchdown is inexcusable. Heck, the league has tried its hardest to eliminate it because of the violent nature of the play.

Leave it to the Browns’ special teams to allow a 101-yard return, which breathed life into an Indy team that was looking for a reason to go into the tank following Ronnie Harrison’s pick-6 of Phillip Rivers.

Fortunately, the Browns were able stay clean in other areas of special teams, as Cody Parkey was 3-of-3 on field goals, although that last one he made tried its hardest not to go in. Fortunately, it took a nice bounce off the post and fell through the upright.

Jamie Gillan was solid as usual, with bot of his punts landing inside the 20. His notable boot, which the Colts caught at the 4 yard line was spectacular. It set up the intentional grounding which gave Cleveland two badly needed points at a time when the momentum had shifted to Indy.

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Ultimately, special teams needs to clean up the return coverage, because with the defense as bad as it is, the Browns can’t afford to be surrounding these types of plays.