The Good & Bad of Week 1: Browns vs Ravens

  • 2020 NFL Season
  • baltimore ravens
  • Cleveland Browns
  • NFL
  • Week 1
By kaytejohnson September 16, 2020 0 Comment

There was some good and a lot of bad for the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cleveland Browns entered Week 1 of the 2020 season with lower expectations than last year, but a lot of talent. To watch them struggle against the defending AFC North Champions and reigning MVP in Lamar Jackson should have been expected. However, to the extent that they struggled was a little shocking.

It was expected with a new head coach, in Keven Stefanski, and system that it would take the Browns a few weeks to acclimate. The limited preseason and several key injuries to the defense didn’t help matters.

The Good

David Njoku

After all of the offseason drama surrounding David Njoku, he showed up Sunday and made plays. Njoku had 3 receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown. This was a great sight to see until he left the game with a strained MCL. David has been placed on IR with a designated three week return date.

Rushing Attack

The Browns have two of the greatest running backs in the league on their roster. They were able to run the ball well behind their newly revamped offensive line. Nick Chubb ran for 60 yards on 10 attempts. Kareem Hunt had 13 rush attempts for 72 yards. The problem is that they didn’t run the ball enough.

Offensive Line

As bad as the offensive line was last year, they were much improved on Sunday especially in pass protection. The additions of Jeddrick Willis, who left the game with a leg injury, and Jack Conklin really improved the offensive line JC Tretter also returned to start after an offseason knee surgery.

The Bad

The Defense

The defense has had their struggles with injuries all during training camp. On Sunday the defense looked terrible.  They couldn’t stop the Ravens offense, and Myles Garrett was a no show. Garrett just signed a contract extension making him the 4th highest-paid player in the NFL, so no-showing is not an option for him.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield had problems last year getting on the same page, this year looks to be no different. Beckham was targeted a team-high ten times, with only 3 catches for 22 yards. That is not good enough for your star wide receiver.  Mayfield and Beckham need to work on getting the chemistry together.

Kicking Game

Austin Seibert had a solid Rookie year last year. He did miss a couple of badly-timed, momentum-killing kicks last year. He a bad start to the 2020 season. Seibert missed an Extra Point and a Field Goal, early in the game. Austin has since been cut by the Browns. The team has signed former Browns kicker Cody Parkey as a replacement. Seibert has been picked up by the Bengals to face his former team on Thursday Night Football.

Sunday was a bad start to the season. The Browns will look to improve and bounce back against the Cincinnati Bengals for Week 2 on Thursday Night Football.

 

 

 

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