The Cleveland Browns took the Atlanta Falcons by storm Sunday defeating them 28-16. The Browns now have three wins on the season, tied for their 2015 season record. In the last decade, the team has three seasons with five wins, but their best finish was in 2014 when they went 7-9 and although they still placed last in the AFC North.
The Browns snapped their four-game losing streak this week, only two weeks after firing head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Hayley.
With their win on Sunday, the Browns now sit at 3-6-1. they are last in their division, but are only a game and half behind third-place rivals the Baltimore Ravens.
This team might only have three wins, but they came close to winning more than that. They have gone into overtime four times this season. So far in their overtime games, the Browns have lost twice, won once and ended in a tie. Three of their losses have been decided by three points.
“I Woke Up Feeling Dangerous”
After their outstanding win at home, 2018 first-round pick, number one overall, quarterback Baker Mayfield told the press that he woke up feeling dangerous. In the game against the Falcons, he completed his first 13 passes and boasted a perfect passer rating. Ultimately he went 17/20 for 216 yards and three touchdowns. He was also putting up a 151.2 passer rating. Mayfield is one of only three rookie quarterbacks to put up a three-touchdown, no interception game. The last time it happened was Tim Couch in 1999 against the Saints.
They lead the league in takeaways this season. They also have the highest turnover differential in the NFL. Cleveland is a team that is finally coming together. Their 2018 second-round pick Nick Chubb has taken over as a starter since trading Carlos Hyde and he has easily found ways to shine. On Sunday. Chubb ran for 92 yards to score the Browns last touchdown of the game. This run was the longest rushing play in the Cleveland Browns franchise history. Because of Chubb, the Browns are ranked sixth in rushing yards averaged ever game.
The Browns 2018 first-round pick Denzel Ward is up for Defensive Rookie of the Year and for a good reason. He is tied for third in the NFL for interceptions with three. He also has 42 tackles, a forced fumble and 10 deflected passes on the season. Ward knows how to read plays and keep receivers form the ball. He has tremendous speed and ability to stay with his man.
Future of the Cleveland Browns
The Browns head into their bye looking good. Their remaining schedule includes three inner division games, along with the red-hot Houston Texans, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. Two of the three inner division games include the struggling Bengals. Although it seems like the playoffs might be out of the picture this season, the Browns could walk away with more three wins this season.
In their last three games, the Bengals have got blown out in two of them. Their win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was by a minimal margin. Andy Dalton looks lost without AJ Green and their defense can’t hold any team from getting touchdowns.
The Broncos have a losing record. Even though their QB took the Viking to the NFC Championship last year, he as not connected so well with his new team. They traded away their top receiver and two of their three wins were decided by three points or less.
The Browns have already pulled out a win against the Ravens earlier in the season. The Ravens have lost four out of their last five games. Joe Flacco is dealing with a minor injury and their running game is almost non existent.
If Baker Mayfield continues to throw on the money passes, Nick Chubb continues to run the ball well and Denzel Ward and the rest of the defense keeps preforming at a high caliber, the Cleveland Browns can end their season with a few more wins.