It's fine to say the Cleveland Browns, and more specifically, Baker Mayfield, didn't live up to their hype the first three weeks of the season. But that wasn't exactly true come Week Four.
Love em or hate em, the Browns came into Baltimore and put up 40 points. That's just a fact. Baltimore historically has always been a tough team to play at home, and also always has seemed to have the upper hand when it comes to the AFC North. I'm not saying the Browns are a complete lock to win said division, but it sure gives them hope. That offense that was talked about so loudly for the entire summer, seems to have clicked.
Highly touted Mayfield threw for almost 350 yards and was able to utilize Nick Chubb and Jarvis Landry better than he's had all season thus far. Odell Beckham Jr. was pretty much shut down by Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey, so he didn't have much of a stat sheet -- and it didn't matter. The ability to put up 40 without the help of a player like Beckham is an honor itself.
Not that the Ravens aren't a good defense (jury is still out), but Cleveland has some great defenses on their schedule in the next few weeks, and this is a good start to get back on track and keep it rolling.
Getting into the swing of things with Monday Night Football, then two nights off, and then starting all over with Thursday Night Football is touch, especially with the double-header on Monday. Anywho, both the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Bucs game into TNF without a win, and the first one to get it was the
From what I've gathered:
highlights and lowlights:
This was everything I wanted and more. I feel like I'm signing that Kelly Clarkson song "A Moment Like This." Go listen to it.
Monday night preview
We waited so long for this and this is what we got. In a nutshell, Thursday night's NFL Kickoff was boring as hell, starting with the Meghan Trainor pump-up session to Cris Collinsworth harping about how Aaron Rodgers didn't play in the preseason every three seconds. And I seem to have forgotten how there are 700 commercials per minute.
Green Bay ended up beating the Bears 10-3. No seriously, that was the score.
What I've gathered from one game:
The minuscule highlights/lowlights (cause we can't be too picky):
Star running back Melvin Gordon and the San Diego Los Angeles Chargers have been at war for months. And now it doesn't look like it's getting any better. General Manager Tom Telosco let reporters know on Sunday that all contract negotiations between themselves and Gordon would be set aside until the end of this season.
No one here really believes that's happening right?
Gordon could play out his final year, but the more likely scenario is that he either finds a trade partner by Week 8, or sits the entire season, like Le'Veon Bell. The problem with this is that running backs unfortunately have so little leverage in these situations because they can be so easily replaceable. It's sad that the Chargers are going this route, as they're a better team with Gordon on it.
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