There were few players whose stock rose vs. the Atlanta Falcons
The Cleveland Browns had a rough outing with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, losing a close but ugly game 23-20. Poor play calling by Kevin Stefanski kept the team from having a tie when the game winding down. The head coach, who many fans want to stop calling plays and for good reason, opted to go for a touchdown, as opposed to going for a field goal.
Analytics are dooming this team. Due to calls like that, it’s hard to sit through a host of offensive players who really stood out. Defensively, there isn’t one. The entire defense as a whole was awful. Sure, some of that comes down to the defense missing six defenders, but the fact is the Browns supposedly have a genius general manager in Andrew Berry, whose supposedly a great drafting guru.
His drafted players failed today and failed pathetically. The Falcons threw what, twice, in the last 20 minutes of the game? They put 202 yards of rushing offense, which was expected. Why was it? Because the backups on this team probably shouldn’t be.
So yeah, this is the best we could do for guys whose stocks went up.
Three Cleveland Browns players whose stocks went up vs. the Atlanta Falcons
This fact may be true even after the return of disgraced quarterback Deshaun Watson; this team will only succeed as long as Nick Chubb is on the field. Regardless of your view on Kareem Hunt, this fact is beyond dispute; Chubb is a far better runner than Hunt is. He proves it each and every week. He’s an early MVP candidate and if the Browns can survive with around a .500 record by the time Houston comes up on the schedule, the Browns may make the playoffs but only because of Chubb.
It was very hard finding a second offensive player that really stood out. The guards Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller are always good examples, but Teller had some boneheaded plays that hurt the team, and Bitonio is hindered by playing between Ethan Pocic and Jedrick Wills. Jack Conklin has looked good but I wouldn’t say he’s back to his old form just yet. Amari Cooper was nowhere to be seen, and save for one 20-yard run by Hunt, he was largely ineffective. So, we gotta go with Donovan Peoples-Jones, who had the most yards on a single reception all year for the Browns with 42. It’s something.
I liked Jamie Gillan and thought we gave up on him too soon, but that doesn’t mean Corey Bojorquez hasn’t been as good. He just doesn’t have as good of a nickname is all. He’s a very good punter, at least through four games with the Browns in 2022, and he should be able to help the team win some games if the defense can actually stop anyone.