CANTON, Ohio- The Winless Browns continue to do what they do best these days. Lose.
It comes to no shock any anyone, at least it shouldn’t, that the Cleveland Browns fall to 0-12 after getting beat by the Chargers in Los Angeles 19-10.
As I’m sitting down watching this game, Cleveland kept Philip Rivers and the Charger offense out of the end zone in the first half. I’m thinking to myself, well, if they can keep forcing Los Angeles to field goals, that’s their only chance.
Then the third quarter rolled around and Rivers connected with Keenan Allen for a touchdown. I knew the game was over after that.
The Browns showed no rhythm on offense, as usual, and if Kizer isn’t under throwing his receivers, he’s overthrowing them. Kizer had Josh Gordon down field multiple times and simply over threw him.
Cleveland did an OK job of dealing with a stout Chargers pass rush. It eventually became too much.
Getting back to Kizer. His accuracy continues to be a major issue. So far, his best game was against Detroit. After the loss in Los Angeles, Kizer had a 66.5 QBR. DeShone went 15/32 for 215 yards. One TD. One INT. Kizer must continue to work on putting more touch on the ball.
On the other side, Rivers threw for 344 yards going 31/43 with a QBR of 103.2 and a touchdown. I’m not a fan of how much Rivers cries when he feels his team didn’t get a call, but he’s one of the most competitive players in the NFL. Anyone that said Rivers wasn’t going to remind himself that Cleveland’s last win came against him last year, needs to understand the QB’s in this league more.
Another sad part about the Browns, is that the memo is and has been out for weeks now, that each team does not want to be THE team to give the Browns their first and probably only win of 2017.
The running games for both teams were almost identical. Los Angeles rushed for 94 yards total. Cleveland had 89 yards rushing.
The passing games, on the other hand, weren’t exactly the same.
The Chargers really dialed up Keenan Allen. Allen caught 10 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Hunter Henry, Travis Benjamin (Former Brown) and Antonio Gates. Los Angles had a total of 344 yards passing.
In his return to action, Josh Gordon did good. Gordon caught 4 passes for 85 yards. Tight end David Njoku had 74 yards receiving and also caught 4 passes. Njoku had the Browns only touchdown after catching a 28-yard pass from Kizer up the middle.
Defensively, Joe Schobert had another good game. He led Cleveland with 12 total tackles including 1 sack. Jason McCourty, Christian Kirksey and Briean Boddy-Colhoun also had good days on defense.
The Green Bay Packers are the next opponent on the Browns schedule. Cleveland will host Green Bay next Sunday at FirstEnergy stadium. The Packers are now 6-6 and coming off an overtime win over Tampa Bay.
A lot of people seen this as the only game left on the schedule that Cleveland can realistically win, due to no Aaron Rodgers. As I’ve said before, I’ll believe it when I see it.
The Browns always seem to find a way to have their hands full, regardless of the opponent.
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