The Cleveland Browns continue to show they are an undisciplined football team, seemingly incapable of winning games. They were the better team for most of Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks but four turnovers and nine penalties secured their demise in a 32-28 loss. The Browns fall to 2-4 entering their bye week. Seattle improves to 5-1.
Baker Mayfield completed 22 of 37 passes for 249 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Nick Chubb had 20 carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five receptions for 17 yards and a fumble.
Russell Wilson threw his 13th and 14th touchdowns of the season, and he has still yet to throw an interception. Chris Carson continues to build on a strong season recording 124 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Seattle does have weaknesses though. The defense did not record a sack. The offense fumbled three times, with two of those being recovered by the defense.
Pete Carroll and his team host the 4-2 Baltimore Ravens next week.
Why the Seahwks won
They made fewer errors and they capitalized on Cleveland's. Seattle fumbled three times and was penalized 10 times for 65 yards. The Browns scored zero points off the Seahawks' lone turnover. Meanwhile, Wilson led his squad to 17 points off their opponent's three turnovers and blocked punt.
Wilson does a tremendous job of extending plays while also not putting the ball in harm's way. He has thrown 14 touchdowns this season without a single interception in 176 attempts through sis games. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers set the record for most consecutive pass attempts (402) without an interception in 2018.
Why the Browns lost
Pick and choose. There were a number of unfortunate occurrences including multiple passes that hit receivers hands only to be intercepted by Seattle. It was the second consecutive week that the Browns threw an interception in the red zone during the waning moments of the first half, and then allowed the opposition to march down the field and score a touchdown. It would be easy to pick any of their nine penalties or the lack of protection on what resulted in a blocked punt by Seattle. It boils down to undisciplined play and that falls on the shoulders of players and coaches alike. The same explanation could be copied and pasted for all but one of their games this season.
For the second consecutive week, it was Cleveland throwing an interception in the red zone before halftime. Baker Mayfield threw a pass behind Jarvis Landry, who tipped it into the hands of Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson. Seattle had time to march down the field and score a touchdown before halftime. It was 20-18 and they were set to get the ball back to start the second half.
Play of the Game
The Dawg Pound can hang their hats on this catch by wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. On a 41-yard pass from Mayfield, Beckham hauled in an improbable sideline catch over safety Tedric Thompson. Well...improbable for everyone else in the league, but we've gotten used to this from OBJ.
During the week, Browns coaches and players said that they need to get the ball to Beckham more. He made six catches for 101 yards but he also dropped a few passes.
Quote of the Game
There were some controversial calls in this game just as there are in every game. The reason for Cleveland's loss lies more in their lack of execution than officiating, but Mayfield was not afraid to voice his opinion after the game:
"The refs are never an excuse and I'll probably get fined for saying this but it was pretty bad today. The guy was squared up with him, running at him, he was lowering his head into Jarvis. What is he supposed to do? Avoid him? It isn't bull fighting. I don't know. It ticks me off," Mayfield said following the loss.
The 'angry' quarterback was also irritated that officiating missed Seattle grabbing Nick Chubb's facemask on a 4th down stand later in the game.
"Yeah, I was calling it out," he said of his motions at the time. "They didn't see it. It was in the middle of the pile. Another one that we had to overcome."
Celebration of the Game
Seattle's receivers paid homage to legendary boy band N'Sync. Justin Timberlake would have been proud with this celebration following a 17-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jaron Brown before halftime. Timberlake is a Packers fan by the way.
Cleveland heads into a much needed bye week. They'll head to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots though coming off the bye. Seattle gets to face the Baltimore Ravens in Week 7. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens improved to 4-2 this season with a 23-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and .
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