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Browns embarrassed in Foxborough 45-7

Updated: Nov 15, 2021

There is nothing positive to take away from the Patriots 45-7 drubbing of the Browns today at Gillette Stadium. Cleveland carried zero momentum over from their big 41-16 win over the Bengals last Sunday as they were outplayed and outcoached in every facet of the game by the Patriots and Bill Belichick.

The Browns were able to score on their first possession of the game after losing the coin toss and the Patriots electing to defer. Cleveland went 84 yards on 11 plays that was capped off by a 2-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield to tight end Austin Hooper in the corner of the end zone. D'Ernest Johnson ran the ball 4 times for 58 yards on the drive. Form there it was all down hill.

The Patriots scored on their first possession as Mac Jones hit Hunter Henry on a 3-yard scoring strike that capped off a 15 play, 83-yard drive. Jones was 6/6 for 55 yards on the scoring drive.

On the Browns next possession Mayfield threw into double coverage and was picked off by Kyle Dugger. From there on out it was all New England as they went on to score 45 unanswered points after the Browns opening touchdown for the 45-7 win.

After an efficient and accurate game against the Bengals, Mayfield was very ineffective against the Patriots completing only 11 of 21 passes for 73 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Patriots also dropped three would be interceptions. Mayfeild was forced to leave the game with 2:26 to play in the 3rd quarter after a hit by the Patriots Matthew Judon caused a knee injury. Case Keenum would play the balance of the game.

Defensively the Browns were an absolute train wreck allowing 452 yards and 6 touchdowns on the day. Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones picked apart the Browns defense completing 19 of 23 passes for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. Rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 100 yards a two touchdowns. On the day the Patriots rushed for 184 yards at 5.4 yards per carry. The Browns defensive backfield was burned for 4 touchdown passes the last of which came on an 11-yard strike from former Brown Brian Hoyer to Jakobi Meyers. The defensive line was only able to get to Jones for two sacks, one coming from Myles Garrett who extended his league lead to 13.

This game was viewed as a must win by both teams to keep pace in the AFC playoff race. Unfortunately only one team showed they belong and it was not Cleveland.

The Browns now sit at 5-5. They have an 0-8-1 Lions team at home next Sunday. The Lions tied the Steelers 16-16 to remain winless. After that it's a double date with the Ravens before welcoming in the Raiders and then visiting Lambeau field. It certainly does not get any easier making the playoffs a big question mark at this point.

It will be interesting to see how the team responds to this loss. Unfortunately for Browns fans it's just another disappointing week in what was supposed to be a Super Bowl contending season.

Tune in for reaction on this weeks episode of Den of the DAWGS podcast w/ Kevin McAndrews & Clarence Wilson!



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