On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns beat the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium to snap a 4-game losing streak. This game had the good, the bad, and the ugly, but Cleveland got the job done with Baker Mayfield’s game-winning drive in the 4th quarter. The Browns improved to 3-6 with the win while the Bills fell to 6-3.
Much improved Baker: For the 2nd straight game, Baker Mayfield did not throw an interception. He finished with 238 yards, 2 TDs, and a passer rating of 102.7, his highest rating of the season. He definitely missed on a couple throws, but Mayfield was solid overall and terrific on the game-winning drive in the 4th quarter.
Freddie Kitchens: Well…he did win, but the playcalling in the red zone was atrocious and he took a comically bad timeout at the end of the 3rd quarter. The Bills were letting the clock run down to end the quarter when he took the timeout.
The Red Zone: In the 1st quarter, the Browns ran EIGHT plays from inside Buffalo’s 2-yard line, and did not score (see sequence in Tweet below). In the second quarter, the Browns had a goal-to-go opportunity beginning at the 4-yard line and proceeded to kick a field goal. Freddie Kitchens considered going for the 4th & goal from the 4 but kicked the field goal after a false start. This may have been a merciful false start from the Browns’ standpoint.
Rashard Higgins: Rashard Higgins was almost non-existent until catching the game-winner. This is ultimately not his fault, as Freddie Kitchens has been reluctant to incorporate Higgins into the offense for whatever reason.
Jarvis Landry: Landry and Baker were on the same page today, as Landry finished with 97 yards on 9 catches and a touchdown. This was Landry’s 2nd-biggest offensive output other than the Week 4 Baltimore game (8 catches, 167 yards).
Chubb and Hunt: Nick Chubb had exactly 20 carries for the 4th-straight game, picking up 116 yards on the ground, his 4th 100-yard game this season. Kareem Hunt returned to the field after his suspension, rushing 4 times for 30 yards on the day, while adding 7 receptions for 44 yards. Whether Hunt will be used more as a back or receiver will be a note to watch in the next few games.
A New Era: The Browns move to 1-0 in the Swagger Jr. (SJ) era and picked up their first home win after switching back to the vertical endzone stripes featured in 2018…just saying.
Up Next: The Browns have a quick turnaround as they play the Steelers (5-4) at home on Thursday night. This is a must-win if the Browns want to make a playoff push.