1. Game plan flop
There’s probably some things Kevin Stefanski might do over if he got a mulligan on this one, like being talked into a bad challenge by the entire Cleveland sideline when nobody could actually see the ball because the action was facing the other sideline.
Stefanski could’ve really used that burned timeout later in the game.
Additionally, who would’ve thought the Browns would’ve gotten nothing from their rushing attack in the first half? Nick Chubb had five touches, while former Chief Kareem Hunt, who seemed determined to show out against his old team, didn’t get the ball once.
As far stopping the run goes, Kansas City was one of the worst teams in the league, but the Chiefs offense flipped the script on the Browns.
While we were worried about Patrick Mahomes running onto the field and throwing 50-yard bombs every 20 seconds, the Chiefs first three drives were well executed, not rushed, and effective, as they all resulted in points.
Even better for Kansas City, the Browns offense could never get on track as they were always playing from behind.
It put extra urgency on the Browns to score, and they couldn’t match the Chiefs drive-for-drive. Cleveland never established an identity and was only able to muster 3 points in the first half.
The unit played better in the second half, but just didn’t have enough time to overcome the inffefffctivenss and mistakes of the first half.