Are the Cleveland Browns the Same Old Cleveland Browns?

Glenn Kaplan

The Cleveland Browns were entering the 2021 season with Super Bowl aspirations. Cleveland was on a two-game winning streak against the Pittsburgh Steelers entering Sunday afternoon. The Browns’ winning streak was snapped against Pittsburgh and the Steelers took down Cleveland 15-10.

The Pittsburgh Steelers saved the day against the Cleveland Browns. When Cleveland was driving trailing 15-10 in the fourth quarter, Jarvis Landry caught a pass from Baker Mayfield and made an 11-yard reception. However, former Browns player Joe Schobert forced the fumble and T.J. Watt recovered. At the time, Cleveland was in field goal range.

Their wide receivers did not help out Baker Mayfield at all and a lot of people will blame Baker Mayfield. At the moment, the Cleveland Browns are currently in last place in the AFC North. I don’t want to say it is the same old Cleveland Browns, but it might be necessary too.

Jarvis Landry is not a proven number one wide receiver and Odell Beckham Jr. has not been good at all with Baker Mayfield. Maybe he was just a product of being a good wide receiver because of Eli Manning, back in his New York Giants days. Cleveland seriously needs more Rishard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones in the passing game. Austin Hooper also dropped a touchdown in this football game for the Cleveland Browns.

The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be old and washed up. Ben Roethlisberger is not the quarterback he once was. The Steelers’ offensive line is in shambles and the offense doesn’t have a true identity. And the Cleveland Browns still lost to them? This is why the Pittsburgh Steelers fanbase continues to mock the Cleveland Browns fanbase.

Cleveland had no excuse for losing this football game. Pittsburgh tried self-destructing and the Browns were like, here is the game we don’t want to win. It was an old-schooled mentality kind of football game.

The Cleveland Browns lone touchdown came in the third quarter on a D’Ernest Johnson 10-yard rushing touchdown.

The backbreaker other than the fumble for Cleveland seemed to be the go-ahead two-yard touchdown pass to Ben Roethlisberger to Pat Freirmuth. It was a tremendous reception and concentration on a fourth-down play.

If the season ended today, Cleveland would be out of the playoffs and Pittsburgh would potentially be.

The AFC North Standings are as follows: 1. Baltimore Ravens (5-2), 2. Cincinnati Bengals (5-3), 3. Pittsburgh Steelers, and 4. Cleveland Browns.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) next game will be at home next Monday night against the Chicago Bears (3-5).

The Cleveland Browns (4-4) next game will be on the road next Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals (5-3).

If Baker Mayfield loses next Sunday and if Joe Burrow outplays him, fans will call for Case Keenum and it will be an outcry for the same old Cleveland Browns story because Lamar Jackson is also a very good quarterback in the AFC North for the Baltimore Ravens.

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is in a must-win situation next week and we will see how the Cleveland Browns respond to the challenge.

-Glenn Kaplan, 12oz Sports Contributor, Live Monday’s at 3 p.m. ET & Thursday at 11 a.m. ET on 12oz Sports

Photo Credit: Twitter @Browns

 

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