Huge game, monumental loss. And Mike Tomlin and the Steelers did their absolute best to let us win this one. Faking a field goal in a 3-3 game and getting their only kicker knocked out, literally, was one of the stupidest coaching moves I've ever seen in my life.
And from there, the Steelers had to go for 2 from the 12 yard line in a 10-9 game. And then they had to go for it down 10-9 on 4th and goal. This game was so winnable it's not even funny. But, the Browns couldn't get more than 10 points, at home, with a fired up crowd, in a game where the team absolutely needed a win. Embarrassing.
Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Odell Beckham, and Jarvis Landry were all on the field today. There are NO excuses for us only scoring 10 points. But there are plenty of reasons. And reason #1 is that our receivers need to play better. What are we paying all of this money to these guys for? Jarvis Landry can't catch. I know he "changed the culture" and all in the locker room, but he dropped three passes, including the two biggest balls of the game.
Astute analysis, Juice. Catch the damn ball. And hold onto it when you do. That was a colossal fumble.
And don't even get me started with OBJ. 1 catch for 6 yards.
Let me repeat: ONE CATCH FOR SIX YARDS.
The trade deadline for the NFL is Tuesday. Get his ass outta here. If anyone will even take him anymore….
Oh, and while we're going at the recievers, hey Hollywood Higgins, how do you jump offsides on 3rd and 11 in the biggest moment in the game? Blow up the whole receiving room. Just a stupid football team. So many self-inflicted wounds. Penalty after penalty. And I'm not sure Coach Stefanski made all the right moves down the stretch either. Hindsight is 20/20, but I think you gotta kick on 4th and 12 to go down 15-13 with 3 timeouts left. 4th and 12 is pretty damn hard to convert, and then we still need to get in the end zone. I'd like to think we could get a 3 and out when we know they're running. I mean, I know we didn't, but I'd like to have thought we could've.
The fact of the matter is that the Cleveland Browns are now dead last in the AFC North through the first half of the season. And I know expectations were high heading into the year, but where are they now? If we can't beat the Steelers at home, how can we expect to beat the Ravens? We still have two with them. And two with the Bengals, as well. Not to mention the Packers. This team is not a playoff football team. Makes it easier to start trading people I guess.
Side Note: If the Browns don't go all in on bringing Aaron Rodgers to Cleveland next year, I may have to revoke my fandom. Everyone's debating whether we should pay Baker Mayfield FORTY MILLION DOLLARS right now, and no one is entertaining the idea that that a clear as day Top 3 QB in the league is about to be on the market. I'd give Aaron Rodgers $80 million before I give Baker $40 million.