Given their historical past during the last dozen years or so, it is onerous to consider the Cleveland Browns are nonetheless standing at 7-3 with shot at making this NFL playoffs this late into the 2020 season.
Regardless of accidents to some key gamers (Odell Beckham Jr.), inconsistent play from their quarterback (Baker Mayfield), extra organizational upheaval (first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski is the Browns’ fourth coach in three seasons) and even COVID-19 absences (Myles Garrett), the Browns are sitting in place to make the playoffs for the primary time because the 2002 season, and end with a successful report for the primary time because the 2007 season.
In Week 11 this previous Sunday, the Browns beat the NFC East-leading Philadelphia Eagles, 22-17. The loss dropped the Eagles to 3-6-1.
It was the Browns’ third straight dwelling sport. Now they head into the closing stretch of the season with 4 of their remaining six video games on the highway. On the intense aspect, included in these 4 highway video games are weaker opponents just like the Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants and New York Jets.
If the Browns win the video games they’re anticipated to win (Jags, Giants, Jets) and lose the video games they will probably be projected to lose (Titans, Ravens, Steelers), the Browns will nonetheless end 10-6. That is main for a franchise that not too way back endured a stretch of two seasons (2016, 2017) that noticed them go 1-31, together with a winless season in 2017.
Browns win behind operating sport, protection
On Sunday, the Browns had been led once more by operating again Nick Chubb and their floor sport. Chubb rushed for 114 yards on 20 carries. Backup RB Kareem Hunt scored the one offensive landing for the group.
Baker Mayfield wasn’t nice, however the former No. 1 draft decide continued to achieve the “sport supervisor” function. He was 12 of twenty-two throwing the ball for 204 yards. For the third straight week, he did not throw an interception or throw a landing.
On the opposite aspect, Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw two extra interceptions to increase his NFL lead in that class. Wentz got here into the sport with a league-high 12 interceptions and 17 complete turnovers (he is additionally misplaced 5 fumbles). Whereas Wentz did fumble as soon as in opposition to the Browns, the Eagles recovered it, so that did not go in opposition to his turnover depend. Wentz now has 14 picks and 5 misplaced fumbles for a complete of 19 turnovers.
Wentz threw a pick-six to Browns linebacker Sione Takitaki for the sport’s first landing. Wentz’s landing go to Richard Rodgers tied the sport within the second quarter, and his second TD with 30 seconds left within the fourth quarter to tight finish Dallas Goedert pulled the Eagles to inside 5 factors.
The Eagles wanted to recuperate an onside kick after that, however the Browns secured the ball and the victory.
Revealed 25 Nov 2020, 00:20 IST