Last night, the Cleveland Browns took on the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. This is a game that many thought would either prove the Browns legitimacy coming into the 2018-19 season, others thought that it would once again show the incompetence coming from the organization as a whole. Turns out, they were able to do both.
In a true battle of the defenses, only 5 points were allowed during the span of the game. The Browns left you feeling VERY confident with their ability to keep top teams out of the end-zone. Myles Garrett had a phenomenal night, with 3 solo tackles, 2 sacks and 2 more tackles-for-loss. He was taking on double teams and even making the plays on sweep to the opposite side of the field. Unfortunately, this performance did have a cost. The 4th overall pick CB Denzel Ward went down early in the first quarter with an apparent back injury. He is set to get an MRI today.
The offense was a completely different story. As you can see, 5 points is absolutely pitiful for a team that some, including myself, are picking to make the playoffs. Also the man who has been announced starting QB for week 1, Tyrod Taylor hurt his arm while scrambling on a 4th and 1 from the goal line.
Now this is the part of the story where I tell you about the incompetence that cannot seem to be shaken by the city of Cleveland’s sports. Whether it be Dan Gilbert driving LeBron away TWICE, or the Browns bombing on nearly every pick over the last 3 years. Cleveland put Tyrod back in the game. That’s right, the week one starting QB is back in a preseason game after nearly breaking his wrist. The Browns just can’t get out of their own way, or can they.
Though there have been a couple injuries and bonehead moves within the Browns organization, I still have faith that talent acquired over the offseason will push the Browns to a top 2 finish in the AFC North, and get a wild card spot. But then again, they’re still the Browns, only time will tell.