The Cleveland Browns have had a tremendous season so far. Although their start was a little rocky owing to a loss at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens (38-6) in Week 1, they seemed to have found their rhythm.
However, their performance on Monday night was reminiscent of their Week 1 disaster. The Browns were slated to take on the victors of their Week 1 clash and failed to redeem themselves.
The Browns put up a strong fight against the Ravens; however, the Ravens outplayed them with a lead of 6 points (47-42). Although their loss wasn’t as bad as their Week 1 outing, it was nothing to write home about either.
Comparing Week 1 and Monday night’s game, there has been a drastic improvement. The Browns performed well against the Ravens. After the Week 1 match, no one expected the Browns to shine so bright.
But that’s not enough for Head Coach Kevin Stefanski because the team came to claim victory, which they clearly could not.
“I do not want to go down the moral victories (path), we lost. We got beat. Proud of the guys and how they battled. I really am, but I just look at all the mistakes that we made, and we have to correct them,” said Head Coach Kevin Stefanski in his post-game press conference.
There have been immense improvements and corrections made in Cleaveland’s games. Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 343 yards, 1 interception, and 2 touchdowns. He was one of three Cleveland rushers to score at least 1 touchdown on the ground.
“For us to reflect on Week 1 to Week 13, I do not think we are really in that mind frame,” said coach Stefanski.
The Browns got back from a 34-20 to take a 35-34 lead with very little time remaining. Lamar Jackson in the nick of time led the Ravens to 38 yards downfield to set the future Hall of Fame kicker Justin Tucker up for the game-winning boot.
Tucker then converted it, handing the Ravens a 45-42 lead that finished at 47-42 by the time the game ended.
Monday night might not have gone in Brown’s favor. But the Cleveland-based outfit have certainly changed for the better. They are prepared to take on the best of the best in the league. They still have 3 more games lined up this season.