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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly: Cleveland Browns vs. Minnesota Vikings Recap
In a game where the Browns just didn't look like themselves offensively, they were able to leave Minneapolis with a road victory and improve to 3-1 on the season.
Let's take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Sunday's performance.
The Good: The Defense
Well, folks. It's official. The Browns finally have a defense.
After the Vikings marched down the field and scored a touchdown, the Browns defense locked in.
It was a beautiful blend of young and old guys.
Grant Delpit looks awesome. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is as advertised and still just scratching the surface. Greedy Williams had a gigantic interception. The veterans, Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, Denzel Ward, John Johnson III, and Troy Hill were all great as well.
Give credit where it's due, Joe Woods has this unit humming and they are the reason why the Browns won on Sunday.
The Bad: Just About Everything Else
In the year 2021, the Browns somehow won a football game without a passing threat.
Nick Chubb rushed for 100 yards and Kareem Hunt added 69 more with a touchdown, but there wasn't much more to speak of offensively from there.
We'll get to Baker Mayfield's day, but Kevin Stefanski coached a questionable game. I still like the aggression on fourth down, but in a game where your QB couldn't get anything going, let's get creative. Let's roll the pocket. Nothing.
Postgame, Stefanski noted that he needed to scheme receivers open for Mayfield. It seems like a calculus equation trying to get him on the same page with Odell Beckham Jr.
The offense as a whole has some big issues to address before they head to Los Angeles. But it's easier to address those issues after a victory.
The Ugly: Baker Mayfield
This was just an ugly, awful game for Mayfield.
This season, he was once the most accurate quarterback in the entire league. Sunday, he completed just 45 percent of his passes and just did not look like himself.
He left a ton on the bone. Two missed throws to Beckham that would have been touchdowns, a missed check down to Demetric Felton, a missed touchdown to Hunt, and just wildly inaccurate in the worst possible situations.
Now, Mayfield is driving this car without Jarvis Landry. He now has Beckham added into the equation, which has routinely confused Mayfield. He's also quarterbacking these games with a massive shoulder brace from the injury in the Texans game.
This was an absolute clunker from Mayfield. There's no two ways about it. The key is to watch the tape, learn from it, wash your hands of this performance and don't let it snowball.
If he comes out on fire against the Los Angeles Chargers, not a soul will care about this one bad performance.
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